Easy Lemon Margarita Recipe on The Rocks

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A delicious lemon margarita recipe! With its tangy lemon flavors, smooth tequila base, and customizable options for batch-making or pre-mixing, this drink will become your new favorite. 

This recipe is easy to make, using only four simple ingredients. It’s a nice twist on a classic margarita and is perfect to serve year-round. 

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I love a good margarita; it’s my perfect way to wind down after a long day. I have experimented with many variations, and this delicious cocktail is one of my favorites. Lucky for me, I have two lemon trees, Eureka and Meyer lemon trees. So when my lemon trees burst with hundreds of lemons, this is the perfect way to use them! 

The Eureka lemon is the most common type in grocery stores. I like to call them “regular lemons” as they resemble the classic shape and color we all know. They have a bright yellow color and acidic flavor.

The Meyer lemon is a hybrid between a mandarin orange and a lemon, giving it a sweeter taste and rounder shape. I prefer my Meyer lemons because they are less acidic than Eureka lemons. They are perfect for making lemon margaritas because they add a subtler, sweeter flavor. 

When my lemons are abundant, I also like to make lemon drop shots, bee’s knees, lemon mules or a smoky mule!

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Why You’ll Love This Drink

  • It’s a refreshing twist on the traditional margarita, making it perfect for those who want to mix things up and try something new.
  • This easy lemon margarita will become your new favorite cocktail with its sweet and tangy flavors.
  • This simple margarita recipe requires just a few ingredients and minimal prep time. It is perfect for any occasion – from impromptu gatherings to lazy afternoons by the pool.
lemon juice, cointreau, tequila

How to Make The Best Lemon Margarita

Ingredients 

Before you begin, make sure that you have the right ingredients. 

Tequila: Use a good tequila, preferably reposado or blanco tequila. The better the tequila, the better your margarita will taste!

Orange Liqueur: This type of orange-flavored liqueur adds sweetness and depth to the drink. I prefer to use Cointreau pr grand Marnier, but you can use any brand of triple sec.

Fresh Lemon Juice: Freshly squeezed lemon juice is essential for this recipe. It’s what gives the margarita its refreshing citrus flavor. I use Meyer lemon juice for my cocktail.

Simple Syrup: This is a mixture of sugar and water, which adds sweetness to balance out the tartness of the lemon juice. You can use agave syrup or make honey syrup instead of simple syrup.

Salt: For garnishing the rim of the glass. Optional but adds a nice touch!

cocktail shaker

Directions

Begin by preparing your margarita glasses. Rub a lemon wedge around the rim of each glass and dip it into salt. This will create an optional salt rim, which adds a nice touch to the drink.

In a cocktail shaker, combine 2 ounces of tequila, 1 ounce of triple sec, and 1 ounce of freshly squeezed lemon juice.

Add in ½ ounce of simple syrup or adjust to your desired level of sweetness.

Fill the shaker with ice and shake vigorously for about 10 seconds.

Strain the cocktail into your prepared glasses filled with fresh ice.

Add a teaspoon of lemon zest over the top. Then, add a lemon wedge or a fresh spring of rosemary to garnish. 

Expert Tips 

  • Shake for at least 20 seconds to dilute and chill the drink properly.
  • Roll the lemons on the counter to make sure they release enough juice.
  • Feel free to adjust the amount of simple syrup based on your preference. 
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Lemon Margarita Variations 

If you want to switch this cocktail up, here are some different ways to do that!

Skinny – Swap the simple syrup for agave, or leave the sweater out of the cocktail.

Jalapeño Lemon Margarita – Use jalapeno-infused tequila or add a slice to the cocktail.

Strawberry Lemon Margarita – Add fresh strawberries to the cocktail shaker for a fruity twist.

Frozen Lemon Margarita – Blend all the ingredients with ice for a frozen version of this drink. 

Extra Boozy – Add a little mezcal or an extra shot of tequila.

Non-Alcoholic – For a non-alcoholic version, omit the tequila and triple sec and replace it with extra lemon juice or soda water.

Glass dipped into salt to make a salt rim.

How to Make a Salt Rim

A salted rim is iconic to a classic margarita, and it’s not particularly difficult to salt the rim of your cocktail glass. Spread out salt evenly on a dinner plate. Use a lemon, lime, or even water to coat the edge of your cocktail glass.

Then, rotate the outside of your glass against the plate. Be careful not to get any salt on the inside of your glass, which can change the taste of your drink. You can also do this with sugar to make a sugar rim.

Making Lemon Margaritas Ahead of Time

Preparing these lemon margaritas in advance is a breeze! Juice the lemons and store them in the refrigerator until you’re ready to mix. The simple syrup can also be made ahead of time.

Once both components are on hand, all that’s left is adding alcohol and giving it a good shake. So next time you have guests over, you can relax and enjoy their company instead of worrying about making individual cocktails. 

Margarita Garnishes

Looking to elevate your lemon margarita? Here are a few delicious garnish options to try:

  • Lemon slices
  • Lemon wheels
  • Lemon peels 
  • Meyer lemon zest 
  • Sugar-rimmed glasses for an extra touch of sweetness.

When to Serve

When to Serve a Lemon Margarita: It’s always a good time to serve a lemon margarita! Whether you’re hosting a summer barbecue or having a cozy night in with friends, here are some of my favorite occasions to whip up a batch of lemon margaritas:

  • Summer BBQs
  • Cinco de Mayo 
  • Taco Tuesday gatherings
  • Pool parties
  • Game nights with friends 
  • Brunch with a twist 
  • Girls’ night in 
  • Outdoor picnics or concerts 

Of course, margaritas go great with Mexican food. Serve them with queso blanco nachos, quesadillas, a giant taco salad, or my Mexican fruit platter. They’ll also go well with any of these Mexican desserts!

Lemon margarita recipe with lemon slice, rosemary and a salted rim.

Frequently Asked Questions 

Can I Use Lime Instead of Lemon? 

The answer is yes! If you prefer lime over lemon in your margarita, that’s an option. You can also make other substitutions, depending on your particular tastes. Look at many margarita recipes to decide what’s right for you.

What Makes a Margarita a Margarita? 

A margarita is a margarita because it uses tequila as its base liquor. Margaritas get their name from the Spanish woman’s name, Margarita.
There are many different stories about where margaritas may have been invented. Still, one of the most popular stories is that the drink originated in Tijuana in the 1930s.

 What Alcohol Is In a Margarita? 

Tequila should almost always be the primary alcohol in a margarita. On occasion, however, it is switched out with mezcal.
A margarita could also contain Triple Sec, Cointreau, different orange or fruity liqueurs, and other forms of alcohol. 

Why Do You Put Triple Sec in Margaritas?

You put Triple Sec in margaritas because it adds more sweetness and helps bring out some of the complexity in the tequila and other ingredients. If you don’t have or don’t like Triple Sec, it can be replaced with simple syrup or other options.

Can you use lemons instead of limes for margaritas?

Yes, you can use lemons instead of limes for margaritas. Using lemons in a margarita gives the classic cocktail a unique and refreshing twist. 

Can you mix a big batch of lemon margaritas?

Absolutely! You can easily make a big batch of lemon margaritas by multiplying the ingredients in the recipe by the number of servings you want to make. Mix all ingredients in a large pitcher or punch bowl and stir well.

You can also pre-mix the ingredients and store them in the refrigerator until ready to serve, adding ice to individual glasses before pouring.

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Lemon Margarita Recipe

This lemon margarita recipe is super easy to make using only 4 simple ingredients. It's a nice twist on a classic margarita and is perfect for summer sipping.
5 from 9 votes
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Course: Cocktail
Cuisine: Mexican
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
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Total Time: 3 minutes
Servings: 1 Cocktail
Calories: 263kcal
Author: Eden

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces tequila
  • 1 ounce lemon juice, fresh
  • 1 ounce orange liqueur, Cointreau
  • 1/2 ounce simple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp lemon zest
  • salt , for the rim

Instructions

  • First, salt the rim of each glass.
  • Add the ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake for 20 seconds.
  • Strain the mixture into your prepared cocktail glass with a salted rim.
  • Add a 1/2 teaspoon of lemon zest over the top. Then add a lemon wedge or a fresh spring of rosemary to garnish.

Notes

Shake for 20 seconds or more with ice in a cocktail shaker to create a super cold, mixed margarita. 
Add a dash of limoncello for an extra lemon flavor. 
Add more or less simple syrup depending on how sweet you like the cocktail to be. 

Nutrition

Calories: 263kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 11mg | Potassium: 49mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 2IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 1mg
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2 thoughts on “Easy Lemon Margarita Recipe on The Rocks”

  1. 5 stars
    This was so refreshing, the perfect drink for a hot and humid day!! I could not get enough! I am making a pitcher of this this weekend and can’t wait!

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