Key Lime Margarita

Key Lime Margarita Recipe
Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Jamie Kim
Use fresh Key lime juice to give this margarita a tropical flair. Instead of simple syrup to balance the tart lime flavor, use agave nectar, a sweetener produced in Mexico that's sweeter than sugar.


Makes 1 serving

Recipe from

Coastal Living

Recipe Time

Prep: 8 Minutes


Lime wedge
Coarse salt
2 ounces (1/4 cup) fresh Key lime juice
1 ounce (2 tablespoons) agave nectar or simple syrup
1 1/2 ounces (3 tablespoons) tequila
1/2 ounce (1 tablespoon) premium orange liqueur


1. Rub rim of a rocks or margarita glass with lime wedge, then dip in coarse salt.

2. Combine Key lime juice and remaining ingredients in an ice-filled shaker. Shake vigorously, and pour into prepared glass.


For a spicy jalapeño version, add 1 1/2 teaspoons jalapeño chile sauce to the shaker.

Jimmy Shaw,

Lotería Grill, Hollywood, California,

Coastal Living

May 2010
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