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Tequila Mockingbird Cocktail Recipe

Spicy, sweet, and super refreshing, this Tequila Mockingbird cocktail recipe is the ideal summer sipper.

Made with tequila, watermelon juice, and fresh jalapeños, it’s perfect for hot weather.

And while there are different variations of this stunning tequila cocktail, this one is my favorite. 

A serving of Tequila Mockingbird cocktail garnished with watermelon and lime slice.
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Watermelon Tequila Mockingbird Cocktail

Is it a book? Is it a drink? Actually, it’s a little of everything! 

The Tequila Mockingbird drink is a fun and vibrant summer cocktail. And depending on where you order it, it might contain blue curaçao or crème de menthe.

But this watermelon recipe is my go-to because it’s basically a watermelon margarita with a spicy twist.  

The name itself is a pun on Harper Lee’s novel To Kill a Mockingbird. It also doubles as the title of a best-selling cocktail book. 

The OG recipe might be shrouded in mystery, but this is one smashing drink!

Watermelon jalapeno margarita on a salt rimmed glass, shaker and jigger on a concrete table.


As I mentioned, the Tequila Mockingbird cocktail recipe varies from bar to bar. But if you like the sound of my version, here’s what you’ll need:

  • Jalapeños – For a spicy twist! Remove the seeds before you muddle them – unless you like it extra fiery.
  • Tequila – Blanco tequila is best for this drink. It’s crisp and refreshing.
  • Lime Juice – What’s a margarita without lime juice? Remember, fresh is best, so use the juice from a real lime.
  • Watermelon Juice – It’s sweet, juicy, and wonderfully colorful!
  • Agave Nectar – Agave nectar is the ideal sweetener for this tequila drink. But you can leave it out if the watermelon is sweet enough. 
  • Watermelon Wedge or Lime Wheel (Optional) – For a simple garnish, add a watermelon wedge or a lime wheel.

How to Make a Tequila Mockingbird Cocktail 

With all the muddling and shaking, you’ll look like a real pro making this drink! But you’ll have everyone fooled because it’s super easy. 

Here are the steps:

1. Muddle jalapeño slices in a cocktail shaker.

2. Fill the shaker with blanco tequila, lime juice, watermelon juice, and agave nectar. Add ice and shake until chilled.

3. Strain into a glass filled with ice. 

4. Garnish with a watermelon wedge or a lime wheel. Serve and enjoy!

Watermelon jalapeno tequila cocktail on a salt rimmed glass with ice.

Recipe Variations 

As mentioned, you’ll find many different Tequila Mockingbird recipes online. They’re all worth a try if you’re a fan of tequila cocktails!

Here are a few variations to look out for:

  • Gin Mockingbird. Just replace the tequila with gin. You can also swap out the lime for lemon if you prefer.
  • Minty Mockingbird. Add a splash of Crème de Menthe. It’s minty and refreshing!
  • Smoky Mockingbird. Instead of tequila use mezcal. It adds a nice smoky flavor.
  • Jalapeño Margarita. Use all the same ingredients, but skip the watermelon juice and add triple sec.
  • Tequila Limeade. Mix tequila, lime juice, a splash of watermelon juice, and soda water. For a spicy version, add muddled jalapeño.
  • Mocktail Mockingbird. Just increase the watermelon juice and nix the tequila. 

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Spicy, sweet, and super refreshing, this Tequila Mockingbird cocktail recipe is just what you need to cool down this summer. One sip, and you’ll swoon.


  • 1/4-1/2 jalapeño, seeds removed and sliced (optional)

  • 2 ounces Blanco tequila

  • 1/2 ounce fresh lime juice

  • 2 ounces fresh watermelon juice

  • 3/4 ounce agave nectar

  • watermelon wedge or lime wheel, for garnish


  • Muddle the sliced jalapeño in the bottom of a cocktail shaker, if using.
  • Add Blanco tequila, lime juice, watermelon juice, and agave nectar.
  • Fill the shaker with ice. Shake vigorously until well chilled, about 15 seconds.
  • Strain the cocktail into a glass filled with ice.
  • Garnish with a watermelon wedge or a lime wheel. Serve and enjoy!


  • Use fresh watermelon instead of watermelon juice: muddle the watermelon with jalapeño to extract the juice.
  • If using fresh watermelon, double-strain the cocktail to keep out the pulp and seeds.
  • Add more or less jalapeño depending on how spicy you like it.
Tequila Mockingbird Cocktail Recipe

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Kim - InsanelyGood
Hey there! I'm Kim. I love running, cooking, and curling up with a good book! I share recipes for people who LOVE good food, but want to keep things simple :)

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