Bright and refreshing, this Triple Citrus Margarita recipe is the perfect tequila cocktail to sip with your favorite happy hour snack, on Taco Tuesdays, or to celebrate Cinco de Mayo.
There are many margarita recipes on this website, but this citrus margarita recipe ranks as my favorite. It’s the one I make whenever I’m asked to bring margaritas for family taco night or simply want good margaritas for happy hour.
A step beyond the classic margarita, we’re combining fresh citrus juices for a triple citrus drink that will be the best homemade margarita you’ve ever made.
Skip the margarita mix (forever!) and make a delicious round of these citrus margaritas. Made with lots of fresh-squeezed juice from fresh citrus, the flavor in this delicious cocktail is bright and refreshing.
- Fresh grapefruit
- Fresh lime
- Fresh orange
- Silver tequila or blanco tequila
- Orange liqueur or triple sec
- Simple syrup
- Coarse salt (for garnish)
How to Make a Triple Citrus Margarita
Run a lime wedge - cut side down - around the rim of the glass. Pour salt into a shallow dish and gently run the rim of your glass through the salt.
Fill the glass with ice and set aside.
Combine grapefruit juice, lime juice, orange juice, tequila, orange liqueur, and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
Shake well and strain into your prepared glass.
Sip and enjoy!
- While the salt rim - or sugar rim, if you prefer - definitely counts as garnish, feel free to add on one or two citrus wedges, orange slices, or lime wheels to up your garnish game.
- This is not a frozen cocktail. Triple citrus margaritas are made to be served “on the rocks” over lots and lots of ice.
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FAQs and Substitutions
Pick your favorite tequila for this recipe, just make sure it’s silver or blanco tequila. Stay away from gold tequila as it’ll overpower the citrus flavors in the margarita.
I prefer Cointreau over Grand Marnier for the orange liqueur in my margaritas. You can also use triple sec if that’s better for your budget or what you have on hand.
Yes!! Fresh juice is important here. The entire drink is based around the flavors of three citrus fruits so make sure you take the time (it isn’t much!) to squeeze a fresh grapefruit, fresh orange, and fresh lime for your drink. It’s worth it and the individual fruits are cheaper and easier to store than giant cartons of juice.
You make it! Combine ½ cup hot water with ½ cup white sugar. Stir until the sugar has dissolved, then let the mixture cool completely in the refrigerator before using it. Simple syrup will keep for 2-3 weeks in the fridge, so feel free to make it ahead of time.
This is completely up to you. I use red/pink grapefruit in my citrus margaritas, so that’s what the recipe is written with. If you can’t find any or prefer a more tart drink, use white grapefruit.
There are so many different types of orange available, especially during winter citrus season, so feel free to experiment. As written, the recipe is made with navel oranges. Cara cara oranges are sweeter, have amazing flavor, and would be a delicious swap in this recipe.