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This Orange Margarita is a new twist on a classic. It’s bright and refreshing and so easy to make. Perfect for single serve or make a pitcher for a crowd.

Glass of orange margarita with an orange and lime slice in it. Cut limes and oranges off to the sides.

I remember my mom drinking margaritas as a kid and thinking gross….I thought that salt around the rim would be so disgusting, lol! But now that I am an adult it’s my drink of choice and yes to the salted rim!

I love my Classic Margarita and this Strawberry Lemonade Margarita is dangerously good but I wanted to make something super refreshing and thought right away of oranges! This margarita is good with cara cara, blood, or regular oranges.

Reasons To Make This Orange Margarita

  • Easy to make (takes no more than 5 minutes to make)
  • Perfectly sweet and tart
  • Simple and easy to find ingredients
  • Great for serving at celebrations
Ingredients: Triple sec, tequila, orange juice, lime juice.


TEQUILA: Since margaritas don’t have a long ingredient list it’s important to use a good tequila. Use one that you like or reach for a good quality blanco or reposado tequila.

ORANGE AND LIME JUICE: PLEASE don’t use bottle juice. Fresh makes all the difference in this drink. Bottled lime juice is way to acidic and if you have to use bottled orange juice please find one that says fresh orange juice. Otherwise, just juice your own.

ORANGE LIQUEUR: Triple sec or Cointreau both work in the recipe and it comes down to preference. Triple sec has a crisp citrus flavor but not super strong. Cointreau has a stronger orange flavor along with subtle warm spices. It also contains more alcohol than triple sec.

Five pictures showing the steps of adding the liquids and shaking the margarita.

How To Make An Orange Margarita

Rim a glass with lime and then dip into salt.

Pour all ingredients into a shaker with ice. Place lid on top and give it a good shake.

Pour into your prepared glass and enjoy!

Do I Need A Cocktail Shaker?

A margarita definitely tastes better shaken over stirred. If you regularly make mixed drinks I suggest buying a cocktail shaker. But if you don’t have one on hand you can use a mason jar and lid!

Pouring the orange margarita in a glass with ice and an orange slice.

How To Make A Pitcher Of Orange Margarita?

The recipe found in the recipe card is for a single serving. If you are wanting to make this drink for a crowd I suggest making a larger batch which makes it easier to mix and serve. This recipe makes enough for 8 or more drinks depending on how much is poured.

3 cups fresh orange juice
2 cups tequilla
1 cup triple sec or cointreau
1 cup fresh lime juice
1/2 cup simple syrup or agave (optional)

If making it this way you can mix up the ingredients early in the day but for best taste add some ice to a shaker and shake individual servings. Otherwise add 4 handfuls of ice to the pitcher before serving and give it a very good stir. Serve in salt rimmed glasses with ice.

Overhead shot of the margarita in a glass. Sliced oranges and limes with crushed ice all around.

Tips and Suggestions

  • Margaritas really do taste their best shaken.
  • Use cara cara oranges, satsumas, or even blood oranges!
  • Use freshly squeezed juice for the cleanest, brightest flavor.
  • Make it a fizzy drink by adding seltzer water.

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Orange Margarita
Prep Time
5 mins
Total Time
5 mins

This Orange Margarita is a new twist on a classic. It's bright and refreshing and so easy to make. Perfect for single serve or make a pitcher for a crowd.

Course: Beverage
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: easy orange margarita
Servings: 1 (7 ounce drink)
Calories: 264 kcal
Author: Malinda Linnebur
  • 3 ounces freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 2 ounces tequila
  • 1 ounce triple sec or cointreau
  • 1 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • ¼-½ ounce simple syrup or agave (optional)
  • ice
  • coarse salt for glass
  • lime and/or orange wedges/slices
  1. Run a lime wedge around the rim of a glass then dip into salt; set aside.

  2. Add orange juice, tequila, cointreau, lime juice, and simple syrup (if using) to a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake very well to combine and chill the drink.

  3. Pour into prepared glass and enjoy!

Recipe Notes
  1. Nutrition is not calculated with sweetener. 
Nutrition Facts
Orange Margarita
Amount Per Serving (1 drink)
Calories 264 Calories from Fat 3
% Daily Value*
Fat 0.3g0%
Saturated Fat 0.1g1%
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.1g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.04g
Sodium 4mg0%
Potassium 213mg6%
Carbohydrates 20g7%
Fiber 0.3g1%
Sugar 17g19%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 184IU4%
Vitamin C 51mg62%
Calcium 14mg1%
Iron 0.2mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the information shown is just an estimate.

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