Watermelon margarita floats are a bright and refreshing summer entertaining beverage.
The addition of watermelon sorbet turns margaritas into a memorable summer cocktail!
During the summer, there’s nothing quite as refreshing as biting into an icy cold watermelon.
Let’s take those fresh, invigorating watermelon notes and add it a classic cocktail.
Frozen Watermelon Margarita
This is the third cocktail float in my summer series
Closing out the series with watermelon margarita floats!
I’ve taken this fresh lime margarita and amped the flavors with watermelon juice and watermelon sorbet.
While I think the seeded watermelons are far superior, seedless watermelons do have their shining moments.
Seedless watermelons are perfect for juicing, smoothies, and sorbets.
Not only this cocktail float delicious, it “feels” hydrating.
For me, anything with watermelon during summertime is rejuvenating.
Whether you’ll be spending your weekends lounging by the pool or plopped on the couch watching Parks and Recreations marathons (like me), you’ll need this juicy, boozy, and pretty cocktail in hand.
Non-Alcoholic Watermelon Mocktail Float
Float the scoops of watermelon sorbet in Sprite, 7-Up, or ginger ale.
To make the popular Korean watermelon punch, layer together 2 scoops of watermelon sorbet with 1/4 cup milk and 1 cup lemon-lime soda of choice.
Watermelon Margarita Float
Watermelon Margarita Float:
- 2 oz tequila
- 1 oz fresh squeezed lime juice
- 2 oz prepared watermelon juice*
- ½ oz Grand Marnier, or orange-cognac liqueur of choice
- 1 Tablespoon agave syrup or simple syrup
- 3 scopps watermelon sorbet (recipe follows)
- coarse sea salt, to rim glasses
- watermelon slices and lime wedges, to garnish
- 3 pounds cut seedless watermelon*
- ¾ cup granulated sugar
- 3 Tablespoons fresh squeezed lime juice
- Moisten the rim of serving glass with a lime wedge. Invert glass into a plate of coarse sea salt. Twist glass to ensure it is thoroughly coated with salt.
- Turn glass right side-up. Pour in 2 oz tequila, 1 oz lime juice, 2 oz watermelon juice*, and Grand Marnier. Add agave syrup and stir to combine.
- Add 3 to 4 scoops of watermelon sorbet to serving glass. Garnish with watermelon slice and lime slice. Enjoy immediately!
- Place seedless watermelons in a food processor. Pulse until smooth. Add sugar and lime juice and process until combined.
- Transfer to an airtight container and let chill in the fridge until cold (1-24 hours).
- Pour half of mixture into ice cream maker unit. Reserve remaining half of mixture and use as "watermelon juice*" for the margaritas.
- Freeze mixture in ice cream maker according to your unit's instructions. Process until mixture has reached a soft serve consistency. Transfer to a freezer safe container and leave in the freezer for at least 4 hours before serving. Allow to sit at room temperature for 5 minutes before scooping and serving.
- 3 pounds watermelon refers to weight after removing the rind.
- “Watermelon juice”refers to watermelon sorbet liquid mixture.