bottoms up. [homemade margarita w. lime zest]

July 25th, 2011 by | comments


Though this isn’t a ground breaking recipe, it’d consider it a worthy staple. I never get around to making homemade margaritas, primarily because I always find it much easier to buy margarita mix for large parties.

However, my apartment was overflowing with limes, so I thought it the perfect opportunity to whip up a margarita (instead of using the limes to bake something fattening, which I would normally do).

For the non-drinkers out there, I would still enjoy this drink without the tequila, as it was sweet and refreshing. I added a bit of lime zest to give the drink an extra burst of flavor.


1/2 cup sugar

1/4 cup water

3/4 cup fresh cold lime juice

1 lime, zested

2 1/2 cups cold water

1/2 cup Camarena tequila, plus more to taste


Lime wedges, for garnish

Salt, for rim of glass


Combine sugar and water in a small saucepan over high heat, bring to a boil and cook until the sugar melts, about 2-3 minutes. Transfer simple syrup to a bowl set over a bowl of ice and stir to cool down.

Place the lime juice, zest and water in a bowl, then add the sugar syrup. Add tequila and ice. Salt rim and garnish with lime wedges.

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  • Rufus’ Food and Spirits Guide

    Nice recipe, Caroline! Love the lime zest on top. Perfect with your salsa no doubt.

    • Caroline

      Thanks Greg! Not a Mexican fiesta without chips, salsa and margs.

  • spicegirlfla

    It was after all, National Tequila Day yesterday, so this was very fitting!! I try to stay away from mixes, homemade is just cleaner tasting and this sounds like a perfect mix. Great photos too!

    • Caroline

      Oh, was it really? I had no idea! Well, that worked out well, huh? I agree, the mixes are too sweet and probably what cause part of the headache the next day. ;)

  • Angie@Angiesrecipes

    I would love to have one now!

    • Caroline

      Me too!

  • Amy

    Mmm, I love sour drinks! Sounds delicious and refreshing…I’ll be making mine without the alcohol tho :)

    • Caroline

      It was just as delicious without the tequila. I think I drank a glass worth before adding the tequila because I liked it so much!

  • Holly

    I’m always a baby when it comes to the salted rim… I always mess it up and end up with too much and it ruins it… Gorgeous pics!

    • Caroline

      I’m right there with ya. I don’t prefer salt on the rim when I’m ordering a margarita, but figured it’d photograph better for the blog. ;)

  • Courtney

    Nothing beats a fresh homemade margarita on a sunny hot day…or a cloudy cool day…or a cold rainy day, for that matter. Pretty much any day is a great day for a margarita. Your pictures looks amazing!

    • Caroline

      Haha! I completely agree. Any day is a good one in my books.

  • Aimee@clevermuffin

    I’ve always subscribed to the 3-2-1 recipe of margaritas (3 parts tequila, 2 cointreau, 1 lime, 1 sugar, but I think my guests would stay standing a lot longer if I went with this version!

    • Caroline

      That sounds like an even better recipe. Sounds delicious, but you’re right, you’d definitely start feeling the effects much quicker!

  • Kelly

    Margaritas are me & my hubby’s favourite drink – we are so used to our homemade version that we cringe every time we are served a mix at a resto (snobby I know, but there’s no comparison with the fresh lime juice!!) Love this, complete with salty rim – yum! :)

    • Caroline

      Not snobby at all, I completely agree! The fresh taste/ingredients are so much better.

  • egg me on

    Margaritas made with fresh squeezed lime juice … so so so good. Bottoms up indeed!

    • Caroline

      Agreed! Makes such a difference.

  • ChefMom

    I love a good margarita! Especially in the summertime. And now that I think of it, I don’t think I’ve had one all summer. I might just have to fix that. :)

    • Caroline

      You’ve got to get on that! Not summer without some fresh margaritas poolside. :)

  • Charles

    So lovely – love the little “lime-wedging” device too – really cute, I’ve never seen such a thing before. You know, I don’t think I even had a margarita before… at least not a real one. They’re not really so big here as they seem to be in the US. I should remedy that situation ;)

    • Caroline

      Isn’t it great!? A friend bought that for me for my birthday, and I fell in love with it, especially since I have trouble cutting normal looking wedges. You should have seen the ones I cut this past weekend. Oh wow, really? You should definitely give the drink a try!

  • thedrivencook

    So perfect for a hot summer day! Looks lovely.

    • Caroline

      Agreed! Thank you xx

  • Mary

    What a lovely presentation. It’s also good to know about the gadget. I’m relatively new to your blog and don’t often comment, but I wanted you to know how much I enjoy your blog. You created a lovely spot for your readers to visit and my time here is always well-spent. I hope you have a great day. Blessings…Mary

    • Caroline

      That gadget has been a life saver ever since a friend bought it for me. Saves that one extra step. I’m so glad you enjoy the site, Mary, that really means a lot, especially since your blog is so great! I love keeping track of your new recipes and posts. Hope you’re having a lovely day! xx

  • thecompletecookbook

    Absolutely love the lime zest on top!
    :-) Mandy

    • Caroline

      Thought that was a nice little touch. ;)

  • thecookieboss

    I love how limes can be used in so many different types of foods and drinks.

    • Caroline

      You’re so right! I love their versatility too.

  • The Hook

    I wish I drank!

    • Caroline

      It’s delicious without the alcohol too, promise!

  • Maris (in Good Taste)

    Gorgeous photos. Love this drink and now I want one!

  • yumyumyummers

    we must be kindred spirits, caroline. i had lime margaritas yesterday, too! :)
    ps – nice work with the lime zest garnish.

    • Caroline

      Great minds think alike, of course. ;)

  • Kay aka Babygirl

    I may not drink, but I love collecting new drink recipes for friend and I believe they will love this one. Thanks for sharing

    • Caroline

      It’s delicious without the alcohol too!

  • rsmacaalay

    Great margarita, if I saw this a bit early I would had made one last weekend for my birthday.

    • Caroline

      Oh, bummer! Well, you can have a belated birthday drink. Happy birthday by the way!!!

  • kitchenbelleicious

    Yum, this drink and your salsa recipe together- forever is what I am talking about. what a great drink and the picture is just beautiful

    • Caroline

      Thank you so much! You’re so right–it’d be great paired with the salsa. :)

  • marla

    Soooo much better than anything you could get in a bottle :)

    • Caroline

      I agree, Marla! Thanks so much for stopping by my site, I’m loving yours and just subscribed. :)

  • Tanvi

    Wonderful & refreshing looking margarita!! Homemade drinks taste the best!Thanks for sharing your recipe!

  • yummychunklet

    Looks refreshing! Love homemade margaritas!

  • sheila @ Elements

    Yummmm! I could go for one right now! Great idea to add the lime zest! I’ll have to try that the next time we make some! :)

  • Joyti

    That sounds very refreshing. And delicious.

  • Lisa {smartfoodandfit}

    Very refreshing with this heat wave we’ve been experiencing, this goes well with you salsa and chips!

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  • Nami | Just One Cookbook

    What a refreshing drink! Lately I’m all about citrus taste and almost addicted to that taste… this looks yummy and perfect for Friday. Have a great weekend Caroline!

  • Rosa May

    Delicious! That is one fabulous drink. Lime tastes so heavenly.



  • foodblogandthedog

    I’ve definitely got that Friday feeling now! Who needs dinner, anyway!!

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