How to Make an Italian Margarita
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Italian Margarita

Yield: 1 margarita
Prep Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
5 mins
This Italian Margarita is a smooth, refreshing twist on classic margaritas made with fresh lemon juice and lime juice (no sour mix!), tequila, and amaretto. Simple, refreshing and perfect for parties! Make one or a pitcher for a crowd.


For the Margaritas:

  • 1 1/2 ounces tequila — about 3 tablespoons
  • 1 ounce amaretto liqueur — about 2 tablespoons
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice — about 1/2 small lemon
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lime juice — about 1 small lime
  • Ice

To rim the glass:

  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • Lemon wedge


  1. Rim the glass: On a small plate, mix together the sugar and salt. Rub a lemon wedge around the top edge of your glass to moisten it, then dip the glass into the sugar-salt mixture so that it sticks, tapping all the way around.

  2. For one (or two) drinks: Fill a small cocktail shaker with ice. Add the tequila, amaretto, lemon juice, and lime juice. Tightly close and shake vigorously for at least 30 seconds (it's longer than you think). Strain into the rimmed glass. Enjoy immediately.

  3. For a pitcher: In the bottom of a pitcher, stir together the tequila, amaretto, lemon juice, and lime juice (do not add ice to the pitcher). Serve immediately or place a piece of plastic wrap over the top of the pitcher and refrigerate for up to 4 hours. Shake just before serving.

Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: amaretto, Italian Margarita, without sour

Nutrition Information

Amount per serving (1 margarita) — Calories: 198, Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 875mg, Carbohydrates: 13g, Sugar: 11g, Protein: 1g, Vitamin C: 10.3%

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