Limeade Margaritas are my new favorite twist on a margarita! Limeades remind me of childhood summers spent outside, so I had to give it a grown up upgrade. It’s the drink of the summer!
Yes, I’m coming at you with another drink this week. Don’t worry though, this time it is boozy!
It’s a bit sad that we will be inside for Cinco de Mayo this year, but with all the amazing recipes out there, it’s also kinda fun. Instead of going out, you can throw your own mini celebration at home.
And that mini celebration should feature these limeade margaritas.
I promise to bring some food to you all next week, but to be honest, I’ve been a bit focused on the drinks lately. I think it’s because Cinco de Mayo is coming up and I have SO many food recipes with Mexican flair on the site (not shocking, considering how much I love those flavors!).
However, I really don’t have enough drinks to go with them.
Specifically, EASY cocktails that I know we are all looking for right now.
So while you are enjoying one of these limeade margaritas on the porch with your favorite Cinco de Mayo meal, I hope you soak up the beginning of summer with your loved ones. Or at least soak up the feeling of being a grown ass adult enjoying the limeade boozy freshness.
limeade – pick your favorite limeade! I personally love Santa Cruz Organic Limeade! I can find it in any grocery store here in Colorado, but I know it might not be widely available. Simply Limeade is another really tasty option, but you can use whatever brand is your favorite. The flavor will come through in the cocktail!
tequila – you will need blanco or silver tequila. My go-to’s are a mid-range price point like El Jimador or Dobel.
orange liqueur – you can buy a more expensive option like Cointreau or Grand Marnier, but I like to use triple sec. It’s more affordable and personally I can’t tell the difference between this and other top shelf options in mixed cocktails.
lime juice – fresh lime juice is best, in my opinion!
this recipe’s must-haves
Other than that, grab your favorite cocktail glasses. Personally, I like to serve margaritas in double old fashioned glasses versus margarita glasses. But you do you 😉
we’re making limeade margaritas!
The rim for this class is super simple – lime zest and sugar or salt. The cocktail goes well with either salt or sugar!
Use a lime wedge to wet the rim of the glass, then roll the rim in the lime zest sugar/salt to coat. Fill with ice and set the glasses aside.
Add all the ingredients for the cocktail to a shaker filled with ice and then shake well.
Strain the cocktail into the prepared glasses and serve! I like to garnish with a lime wedge because I like the extra squeeze of citrus.
tips for success
avoid cheap tequila. While you don’t have to go top tier in your tequila selection, remember that your cocktail can only be as good as the tequila you put in it. Pick something you can enjoy straight, because that flavor will be prominent in the cocktail!
use fresh lime juice. Fresh lime juice is the best option for this cocktail because it will really enhance the limeade flavor. Look for limes with a soft shiny skin – they should give off a citrus aroma when you rub the outside!
Need some more inspiration for happy hour? Check out my cocktail recipes page!
what brand of limeade should I use?
I personally like to use Santa Cruz Organic Limeade! I can find it in any grocery store here in Colorado. However you can use whatever brand you prefer. I always suggest going for the organic products!
should I use limeade concentrate?
Limeade concentrate should not be used in place of the limeade in this recipe. If you want to use the concentrate, use it to make a batch of limeade to then use in this cocktail.
what to serve with a limeade margarita
This tangy and sweet cocktail is fantastic for pairing with so many different meals! I love to break it out for larger gatherings as well, and I’ve got a plethora of apps to enjoy with it as well.
- For a party, serve these margaritas with Carne Asada Nachos and Baked Mini Chimichangas!
- If I’m making this to go along with dinner, I keep the theme going with Instant Pot Chipotle Chicken Tacos or Honey Lime Shrimp Guacamole Tostadas.
- Feeding a crowd for a dinner party? This Instant Pot Tortilla Soup or this Tequila Lime Pozole are easy one pot options that are EASY.
- 1 cup limeade
- 1/2 cup silver tequila
- 1 oz triple sec
- 1 oz fresh lime juice
- Garnish: lime wedges
- 1/4 cup salt or sugar
- 2 tsp lime zest
- In a small bowl, stir together rim ingredients. Dump out onto a small plate. Rub the rims of two glasses with a lime wedge. Roll the rims of the glasses in the lime sugar/salt. Fill with ice and set aside.
- Fill a shaker with ice and add all ingredients for the cocktail. Shake well.
- Strain into the glasses. Garnish with a lime wedge and serve.