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A fresh lemon twist on a classic margarita. This simple margarita recipe uses fresh lemon juice in place of lime to create a refreshing and tart margarita drink.

Glass filled with lemon slices and lemon margarita.


This refreshing and citrusy margarita is a spin on a classic margarita. Instead of focusing on lime juice, we’re using sweet and tart lemon juice. This gives a lovely, nicely balanced, citrus-flavored cocktail that is refreshing and perfect for pairing with all your tacos, fajitas, and enchiladas.

Ingredients in a Lemon Margarita

Ingredients needed to make a lemon margarita laid out on the counter.
  • Tequila: blanco (silver) or reposado are both great options
  • Triple Sec: use an orange liqueur to balance the flavors and add a bit more sweetness. Triple Sec or Cointreau are popular options.
  • Agave: adds enough sweetness to balance the tart citrus flavors. This can be subbed with a simple syrup if needed.
  • Lemon: the main citrus in this drink, use freshly squeezed juice.
  • Lime: a small amount of lime makes a well rounded tasting drink. Use freshly squeezed juice.

how to make a Lemon Margarita

  1. Rim the glasses. Rub a lime wedge along the edge of the glass to get it wet, then dip into coarse sea salt. 
  2. Mix the cocktail. Add ice to a cocktail shaker and combine the ingredients for the drink: tequila, triple sec, lemon juice, lime juice, and agave. Shake to combine and chill the drink. 
  3. Add ice to glasses. And then pour in the drink
Up close of a glass filled with lemon slices, lime slices and lemon margarita.


  • Frozen Lemon Margarita: follow the instructions in our How to Make Frozen Margaritas recipe to use fresh lemon juice and ice to make a slushy, frozen version of this drink.
  • Make it Spicy: add some jalapeños to give a spicy bite to the drink.
  • Extra Fruit: add some fresh strawberries or blueberries for a colorful, and sweet drink. Muddle the fruits in the cocktail shaker to get the most of the flavor and strain as you pour into your glass.

More Margarita Recipes

Lemon Margarita

5 from 1 vote
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 0 minutes
Total: 5 minutes
Servings: 1
Author: Serene
A fresh lemon twist on a classic margarita. This simple margarita recipe uses fresh lemon juice in place of lime to create a refreshing and tart margarita drink. 
Glass filled with lemon slices and lemon margarita.


  • 2 ounces tequila
  • 1 ounce orange liqueur
  • ½ ounce agave
  • 2 ounces lemon juice freshly squeezed
  • ½ ounce lime juice freshly squeezed
  • 1 tsp coarse sea salt for garnish


  • Combine the ingredients in a drink shaker already filled with ice, or a jar or glass if you don't have one.
  • Shake, or stir if needed to mix the ingredients together.
  • Rub a lime wedge over the rim of the glass and dip into coarse salt
  • Add ice into the glass and pour the drink over.
  • Garnish with lemon and lime wedges and serve.


Calories: 278kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 0.3g | Fat: 0.3g | Saturated Fat: 0.1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.04g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.01g | Sodium: 4mg | Potassium: 85mg | Fiber: 0.3g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 10IU | Vitamin C: 29mg | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 0.1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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