Tequila Soaked Watermelon Wedges

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Tequila Soaked Watermelon Wedges are the perfect addition to an adult summer party!

tequila soaked watermelon wedges on a white platter with lime wedges and an american flag stuck into the top

If you don’t have any kids around, or if you have a good place to put these where the kids won’t get to them and want to grab a slice to munch on, then these Tequila Soaked Watermelon Wedges are a good recipe for you to make for a 4th of July (or other summery) party.


  • Pick it up. A ripe watermelon will feel heavy for its size.
  • Watermelons develop a yellow spot at the place they rested on the ground while growing. When they are ripe and ready to eat, the spot will turn a a brighter yellow. The brighter the spot, the longer the melon stayed on the vine sweetening up.

pouring tequila onto watermelon with lime wedges

How to make Tequila Soaked Watermelon Wedges:

These are really easy to make. First, you’ll make a spiked simple syrup by boiling water and sugar in a pan. You’ll let that cool, and then add tequila and triple sec to it. Then you’ll pour that spiked simple syrup over watermelon wedges and let them soak for about an hour. Before serving, you’ll squeeze lime juice over the top and sprinkle with sea salt.

white platter with tequila watermelon wedges, lime wedges and fresh mint

True story… I once tested these out for just my husband and myself. I soaked the watermelon wedges in a spiked simple syrup and then placed them on a platter on our countertop and sprinkled them with lime juice and sea salt. Then I went in the other room to do something. My son (9) came wandering in the house. As I walked into the kitchen, he had a watermelon wedge in his hand and was getting ready to take a bite… when I screamed and said,


He had a very puzzled look on his face and asked why. “They have alcohol in them, ” I tried to explain. To which he responded, “How did you spill alcohol on them?”

wedges of watermelon soaked with tequila on a white platter with lime wedges

Kidding aside, they’re really quite delicious, and aren’t overwhelmed with tequila flavor. The best way to describe them is that it’s like you’re eating a watermelon and drinking a margarita at the same time.

watermelon wedge on a white plate with a bite taken out of it and a lime wedge on top

Ice cold, dripping with juice, lime wedges and a little dish of sea salt provided, these are perfect for an (adult) summer party. I’d even cut them into smaller wedges to make them appetizer-sized. Or you could use a melon scooper to scoop out round balls of watermelon to soak in the syrup, then place two watermelon balls on a toothpick and serve them that way. Enjoy!

Here are a few more party recipes using watermelon that you might like to try:

tequila soaked watermelon wedges on a white platter with lime wedges and an american flag stuck into the top
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Tequila Soaked Watermelon Wedges

Awesome adult snack for a summer party!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Chill Time: 45 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 271kcal
Course Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword tequila, watermelon



  • 1 cup granulated white sugar
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup tequila
  • 1/4 cup triple sec


  • 12 medium 1-inch thick watermelon wedges
  • 2 medium limes, cut into wedges
  • flaky sea salt
  • mint leaves, for garnish (optional)



  • In a small saucepan, bring the sugar and water to a boil. Cook, stirring until the sugar dissolves, about 1 minute. Remove from heat, let cool a bit, and then stir in the tequila and Triple Sec. Set aside to cool completely (refrigerating is faster).


  • Arrange the watermelon wedges in a single layer in two (9x13-inch) baking dishes.
  • Pour the cooled simple syrup over the watermelon wedges and refrigerate for at least 45 minutes (longer if you wish).
  • Remove the watermelon wedges from the syrup, and arrange them on a platter. Squeeze limes over the watermelon and sprinkle with sea salt.


  • *An alternative way to serve these: you can use a melon scooper to scoop out round balls of watermelon to soak in the syrup, then place two watermelon balls on a toothpick and serve them that way (more like an appetizer).


Serving: 1serving (2 wedges) | Calories: 271kcal | Carbohydrates: 53g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 6mg | Potassium: 363mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 47g | Vitamin A: 1741IU | Vitamin C: 31mg | Calcium: 29mg | Iron: 1mg

tequila soaked watermelon wedge standing up on its side with a lime wedge in front. more watermelon in background

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  • Donna Sue Shaw -Brame wrote:

    Going to use this recipe for an anniversary party.

  • BJ wrote:

    Had an 80s party we made this it was such a hit no one touched the keg. Ppl were adding the juice to tequila it was crazy but this was super awesome. Making this again tonight for a lake trip thanks so much.

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      Awesome to hear!

  • Jossielyn wrote:

    Just bought a watermelon and am making this for a potluck. I was told to bring fruit…Can’t wait! Thanks for the recipe.

  • Mrs. L wrote:

    Wait. Maybe my leftover watermelon needs to go to make this!

  • Natalie (The Sweets Life) wrote:

    I have a large watermelon at home and I’m tempted to make these for my husband and I tonight.. 🙂

  • Sarah wrote:

    Fun stuff!