This Sunny Orange Margarita is really good, slightly sweet, a little tart and VERY refreshing!

Using fresh lime juice (and orange juice if possible) only takes an extra 30 seconds and really sets this drink apart from the rest!  The perfect summer drink!

Orange Margarita in a glass with orange and lime slices

 I don’t drink a lot of sweet sugary drinks but I do love a good refreshing cocktail or margarita from time to time!  This is one of my favorites…  I do drink margaritas in Mexico and lately, I’ve been ordering one if we go out for a girls night!  This Sunny Orange Margarita is really good, slightly sweet, a little tart and VERY refreshing!

The key to making this Orange Margarita recipe go from good to amazing is using fresh juice (especially the lime juice)!

If you’ve never tasted fresh lime juice next to bottled lime juice you’d be completely amazed at the difference.  Bottled lime juice is acidic, sour and bitter whereas fresh lime juice is very tart and yet slightly sweet without the bitter undertones.

This recipe uses only 1 ounce of lime juice which is about 1 whole lime so it’s totally worth it to buy an extra lime for this recipe!

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A quick tip on juicing limes… I make mojitos by the pitcher-full so I actually use an electric juicer (they’re pretty inexpensive) and do a few bags of limes from Costco all at once.  I portion them and freeze the juice so I always have it ready.

Juicing Tip:

When you are juicing just one lime you can use a simple wood reamer which is something I use frequently.

OR you can just cut the lime in half, stick a fork into the fruit and start squeezing while rocking the fork back and forth.  Works perfectly and no special tools needed.

I know a salted rim on a margarita isn’t for everyone… but I personally love it!  You can salt the rim, use sugar or just skip it altogether.

Items You’ll Need For This Recipe

* Salt * Cocktail Glasses * Tequila *

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Sunny Orange Margarita

Sweet and tangy, this orange margarita is the perfect sunny day cocktail.
Prep Time 3 minutes
Total Time 3 minutes
Servings 2 cocktails
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  • Salt for the rim if desired
  • 2 ½ ounces tequila
  • 1 ½ ounces Triple Sec (or Grand Marnier)
  • 3 ounce fresh orange juice
  • 1 ounce fresh lime juice
  • sweetener if desired
  • Lime & Orange Slices for garnish (optional)


  • If salting the rim of your glasses, run a wedge of lime around each glass and dip in salt.
  • Combine tequila, triple sec, orange juice and lime juice in a cocktail shaker. Shake well and pour over ice.
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 170 | Carbohydrates: 12g | Sodium: 2mg | Potassium: 85mg | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 85IU | Vitamin C: 25.5mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Beverage
Cuisine American

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  1. I needed a last minute margarita recipe. Extra challenge? My husband does not like things that are too tart.

    As I had no limes I made this with fresh squeezed orange juice – 2/3rds sweet, one third tart (different oranges) and? Fantastic! A keeper of a recipe, so glad I found it!5 stars

  2. I’m not a wuss but I added additional 2 oz orange juice and 1 oz lime juice. Was perfect for me!

  3. Sounds like the Skinny Lime from Texas Roadhouse, which is totally amazing. I am definitely getting the ingredients for this for the weekend!

    1. OHhhh… sounds like I need to visit Texas Roadhouse! Skinny Lime Margaritas are my new favorite cocktail!

  4. The tequila for the orange margarita, is it white tequila or dark tequila? Looks like I found an easy drink for entertaining at the lake! Thanks.

  5. This looks so refreshing! We always go fresh with juice in drinks, too. It makes a world of difference!!

  6. Holy heck, this looks incredible! I swear I can smell the citrus through the screen! I love that tip about the fork, it will come in handy when making cocktails while traveling and camping this summer!

    1. Thank you Rebecca! LOL, definitely the fork tip is great for camping or whenever you find yourself in a Mojito related crisis. ;)

  7. I saw this earlier today and pinned it and am just now getting back to my desk but you know girl that I could drink more than a few of these! I wish I was having a few with you right now!

    1. Cheers! Of course I thought of you when I posted this recipe… and pretty much every time I enjoy a margarita! ;)