Real Fresh, Real Delicious Orange-Lime Margarita
Looking for a light and festive drink for your Cinco de Mayo celebration? Try making a classic margarita from scratch with this simple, refreshing recipe featuring some bright and fun citrus—perfect to kick the party off!
 
Real Fresh, Real Delicious Orange-Lime Margarita
 
I was inspired by the beautiful “Cara Cara” oranges I spotted at my local Brookshire Brothers the other day. These pink oranges are only available for a short season, so keep an eye out! If you're not able to find them, navel oranges (and even grapefruit) work just as well in this recipe.
 
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Another special find was the Himalayan pink rock salt I used to garnish the rim to match the pink hue of the Cara Cara oranges. Bonus: the pink salt is also rich in healthy minerals! If salty isn't your style though, feel free to skip the salted rim. 
 
Real Fresh, Real Delicious Orange-Lime Margarita
 
If you’d like to sweeten things up a bit, add a little agave nectar (a great natural sweetener option). For any kids or any people with non-alcoholic preferences, skip the liquor and squeeze a few extra oranges to make a beautiful glass of fresh juice instead.
 
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Don't forget to garnish with mint sprigs to make your celebration feel extra special.
 

Real Fresh, Real Delicious Orange-Lime Margarita

Makes 1 Cocktail
 
Real Fresh, Real Delicious Orange-Lime Margarita
 
Ingredients
1 ½ ounce freshly squeezed navel or Cara Cara orange juice
¾ ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
½ ounce orange liqueur such as Cointreau or triple sec
1 ½ ounces tequila
Garnish of orange wedge and mint sprig
Optional: 1 teaspoon agave nectar to sweeten to taste
Optional: salt for glass rim
 
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Directions
    • Moisten the rim of a glass with orange wedge and add salt to the rim if desired.
    • Add orange juice, lime juice, orange liqueur, tequila, and agave nectar to a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
    • Shake until cold and then strain over crushed ice into glass.
    • Garnish with an orange wedge and sprig of mint.
    • Enjoy! 

 


 
Angela Larson
Angela Larson is a registered dietitian (RD) who works with Brookshire Brothers promoting real fresh, real delicious foods and nutrition education to the community. She is also a clinical dietitian representing Woodland Heights Medical Center in Lufkin where she does outreach education on food and nutrition. Food is her passion, so Angela loves trying new recipes and exploring the more holistic side of nutrition. Angela loves to cook, garden, and spend time outdoors. In addition to the Brookshire Brothers blog, look for Angela's monthly articles in Charm East Texas. 
 
How to Rim a Margarita Glass

Sure salt is classic for rimming that margarita glass, but why not have some fun? We’ve got something for everyone from sweet tooth’s to spice-lovers! Here are 5 fantastic and fun ways to rim your margarita glass. First things first, no matter what you’re planning on using, you need to know how to rim that glass! It’s super simple. Start with a plate or shallow bowl of water, lime juice or lemon juice, then dip in the rim of your glass. Alternatively, you could cut a lime or lemon wedge and moisten the rim with it; it’s totally up to you.

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Next, you want to evenly dip the rim into whatever you’re rimming the glass with...

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…in this case we used multicolored sprinkles! Look at how pretty they look!

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How about something orangey? We made a super simple orange sugar by mixing orange zest with granulated sugar.

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Still on the sweet side, we used color sugar crystals. This one is great for themed parties. Make your Cinco de Mayo party extra festive with multi-colored rims!

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Let’s move to a more savory idea, shall we? How about a chili salt rim for the adventurous? It may sound fancy, but it is super easy to make. Mix together course salt and Mexican chili powder. It will be smoky and packed with flavor.

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Then, for our spice lovers, we made a jalapeno-lime salt! It’s spicy, fresh and is perfect with that margarita. Mince a jalapeno (no seeds) super fine then mix with lime zest and coarse salt. Dip in the glass and you’ll be on your way to a fantastic celebration!

Speaking of a parties and celebrations, how about this idea – Set up a station with two or three of the ideas above, lots of glasses and a pitcher of margaritas. Then, your friends can choose their own and get involved. They’ll love it and you get to spend more time enjoying the party.

Want to make the party even easier? Opt for pre-made margaritas and pick up a pack of the Bud Light Lime-a-Ritas! Enjoy!