Cilantro Lime Margarita – a super fresh and fun take a standard margarita, made by blending together lots of lime and cilantro, your favorite tequila, and a splash of simple syrup, all served in salted glass.
A cilantro lime margarita? I know what you’re thinking – weird. But hear me out. The cilantro adds a super fresh twist on the standard margarita.
I was a little apprehensive at first, but after trying it, this Cilantro Lime Margarita recipe has become our new go-to. I’ll take it over a regular margarita any day.
Sounds crazy, right. Well, it’s just that good.
And it’s super simple. It’s basically a regular margarita with one teeny, tiny extra step using your blender. (Yes, it’s totally worth having to wash your blender.)
Get ready for the freshest margarita you’ve ever had.
Hi there! Below you’ll find affiliate links to great products that we enjoy using in our own kitchen. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.
🧾 Cilantro Lime Margarita Ingredients
Lime juice – I know squeezing all those limes can be a pain, but it really does make a difference for the quality of your margarita. The store-bought lime juice just doesn’t make the cut. Get yourself a quality juicer and juice away.
Cilantro – use fresh and bright green cilantro. You can use both leaves and stems, though you’ll want more leaves than stems.
Tequila – use your favorite tequila or mezcal for this green margarita.
Simple syrup or agave – margaritas are traditionally made with agave, but simple syrup will also work.
Salt – for salting your rims. I also like to add a pinch of salt to my margarita.
Lime wedges – for garnish
🍹 How to make a lime margarita
1 – Prep your glass. Cut half a lime into wedges, then rub one of the wedges around the rim of your glasses. Then dip the rim in coarse salt. Fill the glass with ice.
2 – Blend. Combine cilantro, lime zest and juice in a blender. Blend until smooth. It should be completely blended with no remaining chunks of cilantro.
3 – Strain (optional). If you want, you can strain the cilantro-lime mixture using a small mesh strainer. By not straining, you will notice some sediment (tiny pieces of cilantro) sink to the bottom of your glass. You can simply stir your drink when you notice this or you can strain it and this will eliminate that sediment.
This step is totally optional and, personally, I don’t strain it when I make it, but it’s up to you.
4 – Mix. In a shaker or mason jar, combine the cilantro-lime mixture, sweetener and tequila. Give it a good shake. If you’re using simple syrup instead of agave, you can combine everything in your serving glass and gently stir to combine.
5 – Serve. Garnish with a lime wedge and a few leaves of cilantro.
💭 Tips, Tricks and Tools
Don’t toss the cilantro stems. Put them right in the blender with the leaves and lime juice.
Make a pitcher by scaling up the recipe and combining the cilantro-lime mixture and tequila in a pitcher. Add your sweetener and taste. Adjust as desired and serve in salted glasses.
Cilantro is a fresh and pungent herb that’s regularly used in Mexican and Asian cuisines. Cilantro, different than coriander spice (which is actually the seed of cilantro), can taste delightful and bright for some. While others may find it soapy or metallic (or like a basement for the weirdest of weirdos out there… looking at you mom.)
Cilantro is loaded with nutrients such as vitamin A, C, E and K. It also contains antioxidants which may help reduce inflammation and inflammation-related diseases.
Though this cilantro margarita is loaded with nutrients, it also contains alcohol and sugar from the simple syrup. Just be sure to consume in moderation.
🍽 Serving Suggestions
Check out more of our favorite cocktail recipes like:
Did you enjoy this cilantro margarita as much as we do?
Comment below! And rate the recipe to let us know how it turned out! Not making it today? Save this Cilantro Lime Margarita recipe for later by pinning it to your Drink Recipes Board and make sure to tag us on Instagram @crooked.carrot to show us your green margarita creations!
This recipe is part of our Green Recipe collection – green in color and a great way to reduce food waste.
Cilantro Lime Margarita
- 4 ounces lime juice and zest about 3 limes
- 1/2 cup cilantro, leaves and stems
- 4 ounces tequila
- 2 ounces simple syrup or agave
- coarse salt for rimming the glass
- lime wedge for garnish
- Prep your glass: run a lime (the juicy side) around the rim of your glasses. Fill a shallow bowl or small plate with salt and dip the glass in coarse salt until the rim is covered. Set aside.
- Blend. Combine lime juice, zest and cilantro leaves/stems in a blender and blend until smooth. You shouldn’t see any chunks of cilantro.
- Strain (optional). You can strain the cilantro-lime mixture using a small mesh strainer. Staining will help reduce the sediment that would otherwise sink to the bottom of your glass. If you’re okay with a little sediment and stirring your glass as your drink, don’t worry about straining.
- Combine the cilantro-lime mixture, tequila and sweetener in a cocktail shaker or mason jar and shake or stir until combined.
- Serve: Fill your glass with ice and pour in the margarita mixture. Garnish with a lime wedge and cilantro leaves. Serve immediately. Enjoy!