Key Lime Fun: Margarita

We’re taking the standard margarita and giving it a Key lime twist with two recipe variation: the classic and the sweet, complete with Key lime/Meyer lemon sour mix. Cheers!

Margarita on the Rocks with Key Lime and Agave Nectar

The Classic Florida Keys Margarita

  • 1 1/2 oz. blanco tequila
  • 3/4 oz. agave nectar
  • 3/4 oz. fresh Key lime juice


  • Key lime wedge
  • Kosher salt


  1. Add a dash of salt to a small dish. Take a rocks glass and rub the Key lime wedge along the rim; dip glass into the salt to salt the rim.
  2. Add tequila, agave nectar and Key lime juice to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well and strain into rocks glass filled with ice and lime wedge.



For a sweeter version, try this rendition, complete with a Key lime sour mix:

Key Lime Margarita

Sweet Key Lime Margarita

  • 1 1/2 oz. blanco tequila
  • 1/2 oz. Cointreau
  • 3 oz. Key lime sour mix (recipe below)
  • Dash of Key lime juice


  • Key lime wedge
  • Kosher salt, coarse


  1. Salt rim as directed above.
  2. Add tequila, Cointreau, sour mix and lime juice to a cocktail shaker over ice; shake well. Strain into salt-rimmed glass over ice. Enjoy!


Key Lime/Meyer Lemon Sour Mix

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup fresh squeezed Meyer lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup fresh squeezed Key lime juice


  1. In a small saucepan over medium heat, add sugar and water. Heat until sugar dissolves, stirring frequently. Remove from heat and let cool.
  2. While simple syrup cools, strain freshly squeezed lemon and lime juice into sterilized re-sealable glass jar or bottle. Add cooled simple syrup; shake to thoroughly mix. Use immediately or refrigerate.


For more Key lime recipes, click here.

For a history of the Key lime pie, click here.

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