Double Citrus Coconut Margaritas


I’ve always loved ordering a margarita when I’m out to eat. Perfect with all different types of food, a good one that is full of fresh lime juice, a little salty, and just strong enough, always hits the spot. That being said, it has to be a good one, and I think we can all agree we’ve had our fair share of sub par margs, which can be devastating when you’re expecting a nice refreshing one.

A few years ago I realized that problem can be completely taken care of with a homemade margarita. I doubted myself at first, but it’s so easy and you can guarantee it will be fresh, a little healthier, and perfectly made to your taste. And the fun part is once you have your basic marg down you can customize it however you like! Adding in all your favorites, and making something delicious, like this double citrus coconut margarita.

For the perfect twist...

This margarita has all the fresh lime juice that’s in your favorite classic margarita, but also has an extra refreshing orange twist. Now that you’ve got those tropical flavors in mind, once we add in the toasted coconut rim, we'll be golden.

I think we can all agree one of the best things about a cocktail recipe is how quickly it comes together. The only preparation here is toasting the coconut and making the simple syrup. For the coconut, it's as easy as adding some to a small skillet over medium heat, and stirring consistently until you start to see that light brown glow. Even easier than that, is the simple syrup. Throw (carefully place) some water and sugar in a microwavable bowl and in just 2 minutes you will be all set with a homemade simple syrup.

Now for the fun part! In the past, I have found it can be challenging to get salt/sugar/coconut to stick on the rim or side of a margarita glass using just lime juice. Thankfully we're in luck, as we'll have some extra simple syrup which if you know anything about melted sugar, is the absolute stickiest. So grab a small pastry brush, dunk it in the simple syrup, and paint some on the side of your glasses. Immediately roll the glass in the toasted coconut, pressing with your hand if needed. Admire you work and set those beauties aside while you make the margs.

So if you ask me, the perfect margarita has a few musts. Fresh squeezed juice, a little sweetness, and the right amount of tequila. All very simple to achieve, and all equally important! So let's start with the freshly squeezed lime. There is no comparison between fresh lime juice (and in this case orange juice too!) and sour mix, and as an added bonus, it's much healthier too! As for sweetness, you've got your homemade simple syrup, but a little triple sec is also a must. A bit orange-y and sweet, a dash really adds a lot. And as for tequila, we're going for the happy medium. Make it a real marg but let's not outshine the fresh juicy flavor.

And to keep the tropical vibes going!

We're adding a bit of cream of coconut. The littlest bit will make these margs just a little creamier, and add that subtle coconut flavor to pair with the toasted rim. Now for the great shake. I find that I will shake a cocktail for roughly 5 seconds, and think that I have absolutely outdone myself, when it's really no where close to where it should be. So I challenge you to stand over your sink, and shake for 20-30 seconds. When you pull the top off, you should see foam, and that's when you'll know you're really in business.

Pour into your prepared glasses, add some fresh lime and orange slices on top, and enjoy a toasted coconut, tropical sip.

Double Citrus Coconut Margaritas

The perfect start to spring margaritas, these citrus coconut margaritas are complete with a toasted rim and double the citrus.



Servings: 2

Simple Syrup

  • ¼ cup water
  • ¼ cup sugar

Citrus Margarita

  • ¼ cup sweetened coconut
  • 4 ounces lime juice freshly squeezed
  • 1 ounce orange juice freshly squeezed
  • 2 ounces triple sec
  • 6 ounces tequila
  • 2 ounces simple syrup
  • 2 tbsp cream of coconut
  • lime and orange slices for serving


Simple Syrup

1. Combine water and sugar in microwaveable bowl. Microwave on high for 2 minutes, carefully remove from microwave, and set aside.

Citrus Margarita

1. Add shredded coconut to a small skillet over medium heat. Stir constantly until coconut is golden brown, then immediately remove from heat to a plate.

2. Using a pastry brush, brush outside of glasses with some of the simple syrup. Roll glass in toasted coconut, pressing lightly to adhere.

3. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add lime and orange juices, triple sec, tequila, simple syrup, and cream of coconut. Shake for 20-30 seconds, and immediately pour in glasses. Top with slices of fruit and enjoy.

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

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