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Italian Margarita

Craving an Italian cocktail experience right at home? This Italian Margarita Recipe with Limoncello will transport you to an Almafi coast aperitivo hour. A slightly sweet, yet fresh take on the classic margarita made with limoncello for Italian flare!

If you’re a margarita lover like me, this is a must make! 

Two italian margaritas in low glasses topped with blood orange slices

These Italian Margaritas are a MUST MAKE for your next happy hour! 

It’s no secret that I have a real love for dreaming up different margarita variations. We’ve had frozen margs, spicy margs, spiced fall margs and strong margs. And today we introduce, the Italian marg! 

The perfect cocktail for an al fresco dinner party. If you’re planning on having an al fresco dinner party this summer, you MUST add these to your menu. They are fresh and pair perfectly with light salads, grilled meats and stone fruit desserts

Can easily be made into a batched cocktail! This drink can easily be made into a batch for 4-8 drinks and ahead of time! Gather all of your ingredients into a large mason jar, chill and serve over ice. Just be sure to give the batch a good stir before serving. 

lime juice, tequila, limonello, blood orange, lime

Ingredients for an Italian Margarita 

  • fresh lime juice– Even Italian Inspired margaritas need fresh lime juice!
  • blood orange juice (or pomegranate juice if not in season)- I love the fruity flavor and rich color depth blood oranges provide. 
  • limoncello– An Italian liqueur that makes your cocktail burst with citrus flavor. 
  • blanco tequila– Blanco tequila is a mellow addition to this cocktail and helps the citrus flavors shine. 
  • Club soda, top top (optional)

shaker with ice, filling shaker with blood orange juice, straining Italian Margarita into glass

How to make an Italian Margarita 

  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add in lime juice, blood orange juice, limoncello and tequila. Shake for 20-30 seconds or until the cocktail shaker is well chilled. 
  2. Pour into a low glass with ice, top with club soda if desired and garnish with a blood orange slice.

Italian Margarita vs. Regular Margarita 

This Italian inspired margarita has a few ingredient swaps to a traditional margarita. We are swapping out the usual addition of Cointreau (orange liqueur) with limoncello and adding in blood orange juice alongside fresh lime juice for a deeper color and flavor. 

two Italian Margaritas in low glasses and a bottle of silver tequila

Other Italian Inspired Cocktails to try: 

If you make this Italian Margarita recipe, be sure to tag me on Pinterest and Instagram!

I seriously love seeing what you guys are making and sharing your creations with the College Housewife community!

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one italian margarita garnished with a blood orange slice

Italian Margarita

  • Author: Elizabeth Van Lierde
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 cocktail 1x
  • Category: Drinks
  • Method: Shake

Description

An Italian inspired take on a classic margarita. Swapping in limoncello gives this cocktail an Italian essence that will transport you to the Almafi coast right at home. 


Ingredients

Scale

1 oz fresh lime juice

1 oz fresh blood orange juice (or pomegranate juice if not in season)

1 oz limoncello

2 oz blanco tequila

Club soda, top top (optional)


Instructions

  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add in lime juice, blood orange juice, limoncello and tequila. Shake for 20-30 seconds or until the cocktail shaker is well chilled. 
  2. Pour into a low glass with ice, top with club soda if desired and garnish with a blood orange slice.

Notes

*If blood oranges are no longer in season, feel free to swap in pomegranate juice for a similar deep flavor and color. 

Keywords: margarita, tequila, limoncello

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