Orange Margarita

Indulge in the ultimate warm-weather refreshment with our Orange Margarita recipe! Bursting with zesty citrus flavors, it’s a tantalizing twist on the classic margarita, perfect for savoring sunny days.

Orange Margarita in a glass with lime and orange on the rim.

It is no secret that my go-to beverage is a Margarita. The first time I had an Orange Margarita, I was sitting in a lounge chair on the beach, and a server brought it to me. Now, when I make these at home, I try to pick a warm day so that I can sit on my patio, close my eyes, take a sip, and almost be transported back to that beach. The fresh citrus flavors of this Margarita truly make it taste tropical. So, if you want a light and fresh Margarita, this recipe is for you!

If you enjoy all things margarita, then I recommend checking out my Jalapeño Margarita, Cadillac Margarita, and Avocado Margaritas!

What are the Tequila Types?

The type of tequila you use can greatly influence the flavor of your margarita. While we recommend Silver or Blanco Tequila, you could try Reposado as well

Blanco Tequila (also known as Silver or Plata): This is a clear, unaged tequila that provides a pure, robust agave flavor. It’s often used in margaritas because of its assertive flavor which holds up well against the lime and orange juices. If you want your margarita to have a bold tequila taste, blanco tequila is the way to go.

On the other hand, Reposado means “rested,” and these tequilas are aged in oak barrels for between 2 months to 1 year. This aging process mellows the agave flavor and imparts a subtle woody or caramel-like flavor. Reposado tequila can make your margarita more smooth and complex.

Reasons To Love This Margarita

  • The zesty orange and lime combo in Orange Margaritas provides a refreshing, tangy taste that’s perfect for cooling off on warm days.
  • Its adaptability is for various occasions, from casual get-togethers to formal parties.
  • The ease of using simple, readily available ingredients.
  • The vibrant orange hue and garnishes make it not just a drink, but a visually appealing addition to any social gathering.
  • The perfect blend of sweetness from the orange and tartness from the lime.

Recipe Ingredients

Orange Margarita on a wooden board with a cocktail shaker.
  • Fresh Orange Juice: It imparts the unique, fresh, and fruity orange flavor that defines this cocktail.
  • Silver Tequila: As the core spirit of the margarita, it provides the classic alcoholic kick.
  • Cointreau: This orange-flavored liqueur enriches the drink with additional citrus notes and a touch of sweetness.

See the recipe card for full information on ingredients and quantities.

Variations

  • Blood Orange Juice: Swap the regular orange juice for blood orange juice to add a unique twist with its distinct, slightly tart flavor and deep red color.
  • Grapefruit Juice: Mix in some grapefruit juice with the orange juice for a bittersweet tang, adding a different layer of citrus complexity.
  • Sparkling Orange Margarita: For a bubbly twist on this classic, top off your Orange Margarita with a splash of club soda. Prepare your margarita as directed, but before garnishing, pour a bit of chilled club soda into the glass—about 1 to 2 oz. This will not only give your drink a delightful fizzy texture but also slightly dilute the cocktail, making it a bit lighter. It’s the perfect way to add refreshing bubbles to your margarita!
  • Triple Sec: Use Triple Sec instead of Cointreau. It’s another type of orange liqueur but slightly less sweet and more affordable, while still offering a citrusy depth.
  • Agave Syrup: Substitute simple syrup with agave syrup for a more authentic Mexican flavor.

How to Make an Orange Margarita

Step #1: Rim your favorite glass with sugar and add ice.

Step #2: Pour the tequila, Cointreau, simple syrup, lime juice, and orange juice into a cocktail shaker over ice. If you do not have a cocktail shaker and are in need of one, I recommend the Cocktail Shaker Bar Set from Amazon.

Step #3: Shake it up.

Step #4: Pour into your prepared glass, garnish with a lime and orange slice, and enjoy!

Orange Margarita in a glass.

Expert Tips

  • Freshly Squeezed Juices: Always use freshly squeezed orange and lime juices. Fresh juices are more flavorful and less processed than store-bought, bottled ones.
  • Balance Your Sweet and Sour: Adjust the amount of simple syrup and lime juice to achieve the perfect balance between sweetness and tartness according to your preference.
  • Experiment with Salt and Sugar Rims: While sugar is a great choice for a sweeter touch, a salt rim can beautifully contrast and enhance the sweet and sour flavors of the margarita. Trying a mix of both can also be delightful.
  • Shake until Chilled: Shake the cocktail until the shaker feels cold, which usually takes about 15 seconds, to ensure it’s well-chilled.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make this margarita without Cointreau?

Yes, you can substitute Cointreau with another orange liqueur like Grand Marnier or Triple Sec.

Can I make this ahead of time for a party?

Yes, you can make a larger batch in a large pitcher and refrigerate it. Just leave out the ice until you’re ready to serve to avoid diluting the margarita.

How can I make a non-alcoholic version of this drink?

You can substitute the tequila and Cointreau with more orange juice and a splash of lime soda for a refreshing mocktail.

Is there a non-sugar option for rimming the glass?

For a sugar-free option, rim the glass with finely ground sea salt or a sugar substitute.

Can I use a different type of citrus other than orange?

Yes, feel free to experiment with grapefruit, lemon, or tangerine for a twist on the classic flavor.

Orange Margarita, served in a chilled glass with a sugar-rimmed edge.

Storage Info

Orange Margarita is best enjoyed fresh, but if you need to store it, keep it in the refrigerator. In a sealed container, it will stay good for up to 24 hours. The flavors are most vibrant when fresh, so it’s not ideal for long-term storage.

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Orange margarita in a glass.

Orange Margarita Recipe

Indulge in the ultimate warm-weather refreshment with our Orange Margarita recipe! Bursting with zesty citrus flavors, it's a tantalizing twist on the classic margarita, perfect for savoring sunny days.
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Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Mexican
Diet: Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1 Margarita
Calories: 340kcal
Author: Linda
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Ingredients

  • 3 oz fresh Orange Juice
  • 2 oz Silver Tequila
  • 1 oz Cointreau
  • 1 oz fresh Lime Juice
  • 1 oz simple syrup
  • Orange and Lime slices for garnish - optional
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Instructions

  • Rim your favorite glass with sugar and add ice.
  • Pour the tequila, Cointreau, simple syrup, lime juice, and orange juice into a cocktail shaker over ice. If you do not have a cocktail shaker and are in need of one, I recommend the Cocktail Shaker Bar Set from Amazon.
  • Shake it up.
  • Pour into your prepared glass, garnish with a lime and orange slice, and enjoy!

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Storage Info:
Orange Margarita is best enjoyed fresh, but if you need to store it, keep it in the refrigerator. In a sealed container, it will stay good for up to 24 hours. The flavors are most vibrant when fresh, so it’s not ideal for long-term storage.

Nutrition

Serving: 1drink | Calories: 340kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 0.3g | Saturated Fat: 0.1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.04g | Sodium: 21mg | Potassium: 231mg | Fiber: 0.3g | Sugar: 38g | Vitamin A: 184IU | Vitamin C: 51mg | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 1mg

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