Makes 1 Servings
Attention: Also delicious with mint in place of the cilantro (some people really hate cilantro).
2 ounces fresh lime juice
2 ounces tequila blanco
¼ cup fresh cilantro leaves with tender stems
Lime wedge (for serving)
Combine lime juice, tequila, simple syrup, and cilantro in a cocktail shaker. Fill shaker with ice and shake until outside of shaker is frosty, about 30 seconds. Strain into an ice-filled rocks glass. Garnish with lime wedge.
Cilantro Lime Margarita
Cilantro Lime Margarita - a super fresh and fun take a standard margarita, made by blending together lots of lime and cilantro, your favorite tequila, and a splash of simple syrup, all served in salted glass.
A cilantro lime margarita? I know what you’re thinking - weird. But hear me out. The cilantro adds a super fresh twist on the standard margarita.
I was a little apprehensive at first, but after trying it, this Cilantro Lime Margarita recipe has become our new go-to. I’ll take it over a regular margarita any day.
Sounds crazy, right. Well, it’s just that good.
And it’s super simple. It’s basically a regular margarita with one teeny, tiny extra step using your blender. (Yes, it’s totally worth having to wash your blender.)
Get ready for the freshest margarita you’ve ever had.
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- 1/4 cup (give or take) fresh cilantro leaves with stems
- 1 cup fresh lime juice (about 8 large and juicy limes)
- 1/4 cup agave syrup, more or less to taste
- Tequila like Jose Cuervo Tequila Silver
Place cilantro into a cocktail shaker or large glass. Add in the lime juice and muddle until the cilantro is bruised. Pour in the agave and shake or stir until combined.
Rub the rim of the glass with lime and then dip the rim into a plate of kosher salt.
Fill glasses with ice and desired amount of tequilla (I use about 3-4 tablespoons or 1-1/2 to 2 ounces). Then divide the cilantro lime mixture, pouring through the strainer to catch any leaves.
Add a few limes and cilantro for garnish and sip!
To make this spicy margarita recipe, you need 6 simple ingredients:
- Tequila – Use any good-quality Blanco tequila in this recipe. I like this brand, but feel free to use your favorite!
- A Fresno chili pepper – Use anywhere from 1/4 to 1/2 of the pepper. If you want it super spicy, add more seeds.
- Orange liqueur – You’ll see recipes that call for Grand mariner and triple sec, but I love Cointreau here.
- Freshly squeezed lime juice – For the best results, squeeze your limes right before you make your cocktails.
- Something sweet – I sweeten mine with homemade simple syrup. Bring equal parts water and sugar to a boil for 2 minutes and let cool.
- Lime soda – I like the bite the soda adds.
- And ice! Because a great margarita is always on the rocks.
To make a lighter drink, fill your glass halfway with the margarita mixture. Then, top it off with sparkling lime soda water.
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- Author: Leanne Ray, MS, RDN
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 0 minutes
- Total Time: 5 minutes
- Yield: 1 margarita 1 x
- Category: Cocktails and Mocktails
- Method: No-Cook
- Cuisine: Mexican
- Diet: Vegan
- 1 shot (1.5 ounces) tequila
- 1 shot (1.5 ounces) pineapple juice
- 1 lime, juiced
- 2 teaspoons simple syrup (see notes)
- 10 cilantro leaves
- 2 – 3 jalapeño slices
- Run a lime wedge around the rim of a cocktail glass and dip in salt.
- Fill a mason jar with ice and add all ingredients. Cover with lid and shake well. Pour into your salt-rimmed glass and garnish with a lime wedge.
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- Simple syrup is a cinch to make! Just combine equal parts sugar and water in a saucepan and heat/stir until dissolved. Cool completely and store in the refrigerator for using in cocktails, coffee, etc. If you want to get a little fancy, add a sliced jalapeño to infuse some extra heat.
- I used this pineapple juice and thought it was excellent!
- Calories: 153 calories
- Fat: 0 grams
- Carbohydrates: 12 grams
- Fiber: 0 grams
- Protein: 0 grams
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Spicy Cilantro Margarita
I have absolutely nothing to blog about today so let’s talk TV.
Last week when my husband was in the field, I binge watched Under the Dome. I really like it but I feel like I’m in for another LOST. Like I’m going to spend the next 6 years of my life waiting for answers that I’m never going to get.
The Housewives are so boring these days. I skipped pretty much all of the OC this year but you better believe I was there for the reunion. I’m hoping some hair gets pulled or something next week. I haven’t even watched New Jersey! I’m so over the Joe/Melissa/Teresa/other Joe drama. And finally, I made it about 15 minutes into the Miami premiere before I put my ear thingies in and listened to the 90s alternative Spotify playlist.
Honey Boo Boo and Duck Dynasty last night? Yes, please. Best night of TV in awhile.
And as always, I’m obsessed with Big Brother. OBSESSED. I stay up way too late watching the feed, I obsessively read updates. I can’t get enough.
What are you watching? What should I be watching? Are you not-so-patiently waiting for Homeland to come back next month like me?
Nicole and I decided to make spicy drinks this week. I’ve always wanted to try a spicy margarita but I’ve never been brave enough to order one – or make one for myself. This gave me the perfect opportunity and I used it to make a Spicy CIlantro Margarita.
The recipe starts by infusing tequila with jalepeno for a week but if you don’t have time for that, just muddle a slice of jalapeno in the bottom of your shaker. Other than that, it’s a pretty standard margarita.
It was really delicious and a fun change from the usual super sweet margarita.
Nicole made a Spicy Gin Cucumber Lemonade which sounds nice and refreshing! I have to try it!
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1 Classic Margarita
This classic cocktail recipe couldn't be easier to shake up: All you need is tequila, lime, and a hint of sweet (we love the orange taste of Cointreau, but you can also just add a squeeze of fresh-squeezed orange juice). Simply shake the ingredients together, add a salt rim, and your home happy hour is ready to go. After you master the basic version, you can experiment with adding spices, fresh herbs, or fruit.
2 Grapefruit Kombucha Margarita
To create this vibrant cocktail, you'll combine tequila, lime juice, grapefruit juice, and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker. The real magic, however, happens you you pour bubbly kombucha over the mixture once it's in the glass. It's fresh, festive, and almost healthy.
3 Spicy Margarita
Spicy marg lovers, this one's for you. Our classic spicy margarita is a traditional tequila-lime-agave recipe combined with a pinch of cayenne that's sure to wake up your next happy hour.
4 Jalapeno, Cilantro, and Lime Margarita
Think of this as your spicy margarita 2.0. To make it, simply muddle cilantro and a couple of slices of jalapeño in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Add tequila, triple sec, lime juice, and simple syrup, then shake well and pour into a salt-rimmed glass. Garnish with lime and another sprig of cilantro.
5 Lime Sorbet Margaritas
Why yes, this is the perfect in-a-pinch tropical vacation cocktail. No ice cubes on hand? No problem&mdashsimply pour a shot of tequila over a scoop of lime sorbet and call it a day. After all, the sun and sand are waiting.
6 Frozen Watermelon Margarita
This frozen sweet and sour cocktail swaps ice cubes for an entire cup of frozen watermelon, which is the perfect way to make sure your drink won't get watered down as it melts.
7 Strawberry-Banana Margarita
Frosé fans will love this strawberry-scented margarita. It's half smoothie, half cocktail, and 100 percent festive.
The Grilled Pineapple Margarita, aka la margarita de piña asada, was created by Mexican chef Pati Jinich. This one’s rather time consuming but so worth it in the end.
- Vegetable oil for greasing the grill
- 1 pineapple peeled, cored, and cut into 1/2-inch rings, crosswise
- 1 jalapeño chopped, or more to taste
- 1/4 cup chopped cilantro leaves and upper stems
- 3 cups pineapple juice
- 1 cup white or silver tequila
- 3/4 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
- 1/2 cup agave syrup or simple syrup
- 2 tablespoons kosher or coarse sea salt
- 2 tablespoons ground piquín chile or Mexican dried ground chile
- 1/2 cup turbinado or dark brown sugar
Cilantro Margarita: A fresh twist on a classic cocktail!
If you like the bright, fresh taste of cilantro, you will love this Cilantro Margarita!
I recently asked for cocktail ingredient suggestions on my Facebook Page, and the witty, adorable Lilly Sue of Lilly Sue’s Bites and Brews suggested cilantro. It has taken me a couple weeks to get to it, but I present to you the Cilantro Margarito! Not quite a mojito or a margarita, this fizzy cocktail stands out with bright cilantro flavor. I realize this isn’t a terribly creative cocktail, but I didn’t want to add so many flavors that the cilantro was lost or mismatched. Did you know that some people can’t eat cilantro because they think it tastes like soap? I find it fascinating that there is not only an actual genetic difference that affects cilantro tasting (how random), but that “tasting like soap” is a universal sensation. I don’t that that I really know what soap tastes like exactly, but I guess we can all agree that we wouldn’t want it in our salsa. Lucky for me, I’m not on the soap team, so I am free to enjoy the this tasty drink.
This cilantro margarita is perfect for cinco de mayo or any day of the year. Perfectly sweet with a fresh burst of lime and a hint of fresh cilantro.
Yield: 1 drink
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
- Kosher salt
- 2 ounces tequila
- 2 ounces triple sec
- 1 tablespoons sugar
- 1 lime, juiced
- 3 sprigs cilantro
- 2 lime wedges
Add kosher salt to a small plate. Lightly dip the rim of your glass in water and dip in the kosher salt to create a kosher salt rim.
In a shaker add all ingredients. Using a muddle slightly bruise the cilantro to help bring out the flavor.
Add in ice, top the shaker and shake for about 1 minute to help combine flavors and dissolve the sugar.
Taste the margarita. If you want it sweeter add in more sugar and shake again.
Once perfect pour into the prepared glass and garnish with lime wedges and more cilantro.
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Now I want to drink ALL THE ALCOHOLS. you guys are adorable.
I've never thought to put cilantro in a margarita but I really need to try this - Soon!
Meg @ The Housewife in Training Files
Oh margaritas. you are the way to my heart! Cilantro and tequila are the best of both worlds Pour me a cup. but make it a virgin. Doesn't quite have the same ring to it. Ugh. Next year!