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This Texas Margarita has a refreshing citrus flavor with the combination of lime and orange juices. This sweet, citrusy cocktail is the perfect companion for all your Tex Mex and Mexican meals.
This refreshing, and citrusy margarita is a slight spin on a classic margarita. Instead of just adding lime juice, we’re adding a splash of sweet orange juice also. This gives a sweeter, nicely balanced, citrus flavored cocktail that is refreshing and perfect for pairing with all your tacos and fajitas!
What is a Texas Margarita?
A Texas Margarita refers to a margarita with the addition of orange juice. There doesn’t seem to be any credible information in regards to how the Texas margarita came to be. But the addition of orange juice to the classic margarita makes the drink a bit brighter and more refreshing compared to the classic with just lime juice.
- Tequila: blanco (silver) or reposado are both great options.
- Orange Liqueur: use either a Cointreau or Triple Sec.
- Agave: adds a bit of sweetness, add more or less to your taste. This can also be substituted with a simple syrup (equal parts water and sugar).
- Oranges: freshly squeezed juice is always best! Plus we want to use the zest to add to our margarita salt.
- Limes: freshly squeezed juice is best in the cocktail, and the zest is needed for the margarita salt.
- Salt: use a coarse sea or kosher salt for the rim.
How to Make a Texas Margarita
- Prep your margarita salt by combining a coarse or kosher salt with fresh lime and/or orange zest. Use your fingers to mix together.
- Rim the glasses. Rub a lime wedge along the edge of the glass to get it wet, then dip into your flavored margarita salt.
- Mix the cocktail. Add ice to a cocktail shaker and combine the ingredients for the drink: tequila, triple sec, lime juice, orange juice and agave. Shake to combine and chill the drink.
- Add ice to glasses. And then pour in the drink.
Blanco (silver) or reposado tequila are great options for margaritas. Some claim the reposado adds a more complex flavoring due to the aging, which leads them to prefer a blanco. Both options will give you a wonderfully smooth, well balanced margarita.
Either Cointreau or Triple Sec are good options for margaritas, they both add a brightness to the drink.
Margarita translates to “daisy”.
- Tacos: a classic Tex Mex meal that are often enjoyed with a margarita on the side. Try our Birria Tacos, Shredded Chicken Tacos, Fish Tacos, or Shrimp Tacos with this cocktail.
- Enchiladas: the bright refreshing taste of citrus flavored margaritas pairs so nice with the rich, chili flavored Tex Mex enchilada sauce. Try our Cheese Enchiladas or Beef Enchiladas with our popular homemade sauce.
- Fajitas: the smoky, sizzling meats of the steak fajitas and chicken fajitas are a popular pairing with the cold, crisp flavors of the Texas Margarita.
- 2 ounces tequila
- 1 ounce lime juice
- 1 ounce orange juice
- 1 ounce triple sec
- ½ ounce agave
- 1 teaspoon coarse salt
- ½ teaspoon lime zest
- ½ teaspoon orange zest
- Combine the salt and the lime and orange zest by rubbing it together with your fingers.
- Rub a lime wedge around the edge of the glass.
- Dip the wet rim of the glass into the margarita salt so that it sticks to the glass.
- Add ice to a cocktail shaker and to the glass for serving the drink.
- Pour the alcohols, juices and agave into the cocktail shaker. Shake to combine and to chill the drink.
- Pour the drink into the prepared glass. Serve immediately.
Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.