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Margarita Watermelon Bites served on a white platter garnished with lime zest.
Margarita Watermelon Bites
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Marinating Time
6 hrs
Total Time
6 hrs 30 mins
Salty, spicy, boozy...these margarita watermelon bites are summer treats for the over 21 crowd.
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: margarita watermelon bites
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 465 kcal
Candied Jalapenos
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3 jalapeños, thinly sliced into rounds
Lime Simple Syrup
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 tbsp lime zest
  • 1/2 cup lime juice
Margarita Marinade
  • 2 cups tequila
  • 3/4 cup orange flavored liquor, such as triple sec or Cointreau
  • lime simple syrup
Make the Bites
  • 4 lb seedless watermelon
  • 8 oz cojita cheese, crumbled (feta or ricotta salata can be substituted)
  • lime zest, for garnish
Candied Jalapenos
  1. In a small saucepan combine the sugar, water, and jalapeño slices and set over medium heat. Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer. Simmer for about 10 minutes and remove from the heat.

  2. Place jalapeños and the cooking syrup into an airtight container and chill.
Lime Simple Syrup
  1. Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan set over medium heat. Stir until sugar is completely dissolved and then remove from the heat. Chill.

Margarita Marinade
  1. In a medium bowl whisk together the lime simple syrup, tequila, and orange liquor.

Make the Bites
  1. Cut the watermelon into one inch thick slices. Using a 1 1/2 inch cookie cutter, cut out rounds from each slice and place into a large, flat container and set aside.

  2. Pour the margarita marinade over the watermelon rounds. Cover and chill for at least 2 hours and up to 6 hours.

  3. To serve: Remove watermelon from margarita marinade and place in a single layer on a platter. Scatter cojita cheese over the watermelon. Place one candied jalapeño slice on top of each watermelon round and skewer with a bamboo skeweror cocktail fork. Garnish with lime zest and serve.

Recipe Notes

Special Equipment: 1 1/2 round cookie cutter


  • I recommend 1 inch thickness and 1 1/2 inch rounds as the optimal serving size.
  • If you don't have a round cookie cutter, slice the bites into even 1 1/2 inch squares.
  • BONUS! Save the watermelon scraps to mix up with the leftover marinade for frozen watermelon margaritas.
  • Cojita cheese is my go-to for topping, but feta or ricotta salata can be substituted.
  • The leftover jalapeño syrup can be stored in the refrigerator and used to flavor cocktails.
Nutrition Facts
Margarita Watermelon Bites
Amount Per Serving
Calories 465 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 17mg6%
Sodium 219mg10%
Potassium 454mg13%
Carbohydrates 77g26%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 71g79%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 2244IU45%
Vitamin C 36mg44%
Calcium 122mg12%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.