Reese Witherspoon’s Recipe for Watermelon Margaritas Couldn’t Be Easier

We turn to Reese Witherspoon for everything from book recommendations to ’90s-style outfit inspo. Today, we lean on her mind-blowingly easy watermelon margarita recipe for one, which she shared on Instagram earlier this month. It’s summery, simple and, most importantly, comes together in a flash. Read on to learn how to make one, plus for a few food pairing ideas.

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How To Make Reese Witherspoon’s Watermelon Margarita

This drink comes together in two minutes tops once you have all the ingredients ready to go. The main prep you’ll have to tackle is puréeing the watermelon, unless you can find some fresh melon already juiced at a farmers market or grocery store near you. In our opinion, puréeing a watermelon is much less of a project if you know how to cut it efficiently. We recommend cubing it for easy blending. (If you don’t know the best way to slice a watermelon, we’ve got you covered.)

Here’s what you’ll need for Reese’s watermelon margarita:


  • 1½ ounces tequila
  • 1 ounce fresh watermelon juice or purée
  • 1 ounce fresh lime juice
  • 1 ounce agave nectar
  • 3 mint leaves
  • Watermelon slice, for garnish

Step 1: Add ice to a cocktail shaker. Top with the remaining ingredients, close the lid and shake. (If you’re feeling ambitious, you can also muddle the mint in a separate glass with a bit of agave instead to extract more of its flavor.)

Step 2: Reserve a glass with ice. Strain and pour the cocktail out of the shaker into the fresh glass. Cut a slit in the watermelon slice and set it on the rim of the glass. (You can also roll the rim in salt, sugar or Tajín first, if you’re feeling fancy. )

What to Pair with Watermelon Margaritas

Reese’s cocktail is refreshing, fruity, sweet and herbaceous. Here are a few dishes we’re dreaming about pairing it with.

1. Flank Steak Tacos With Cucumber Salsa

The sweetness and acidity of the cocktail will cut right through the fattiness of the meat. Meanwhile, the cilantro-packed cukes add more herb-infused refreshment to the meal.

2. Lime Chicken With Corn And Poblano Salad

This dish begs to be served alongside a pitcher of margs. The fruity bev is the perfect foil for salty, crisp, slightly spicy chicken thighs.

3. Summer Rolls

Tender shrimp + raw veggies + all the herbs = the most refreshing dinner of all time. Even the sweet chili sauce on the side will play nicely with watermelon.

4. Mexican Street Corn Dip

Nothing beats alfresco booze and bites with friends. This vegetarian appetizer is just the ticket, since it boasts all your favorite Mexican-inspired flavors and toppings, like crumbled cotija cheese, chopped cilantro and fresh lime. Feel free to grill the corn for extra smokiness.

5. Crispy Tofu Bánh Mì

This pairing may seem unconventional, but hear us out. The watermelon margarita will round out the fried tofu’s fatty, salty qualities. And the pickled veggies up the herbaceous ante while also adding a touch of vinegary zing to the meal.