Fresh Citrus Margaritas

Friday, Friday, gotta get down on Friday,
Everybody’s lookin’ forward to the weekend, weekend.
Friday, Friday,
Gettin’ down on Friday…
Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! We made it, the weekend is here! And what better way to celebrate than with Rebecca Black and a fresh citrus margarita? I tell ya, watching that music video pretty much requires an alcoholic beverage, so let’s get to it!
Fresh Citrus Margarita | Once Upon a Recipe   Fresh Citrus Margarita | Once Upon a Recipe
I’ve spoken of my love for juicing a couple of times now, and I’ve shared a fresh juice cocktail once before (beet lemonade, anyone?). BUT. This one is my new favorite. I started by making a fresh citrus juice, which was inspired by one of the juices at Glow Juicery, a relatively new and totally amazing juicery here in Edmonton. (Seriously, if you live in Edmonton, check it out – the website lists their store location and other spots where you can find their juice). Their citrus glow juice is one of my favorites, and when I saw the big display of beautiful citrus fruit at my grocery store the other day, I knew I had to try to recreate it at home.
Fresh Citrus Margaritas | Once Upon a Recipe   Fresh Citrus Margaritas | Once Upon a Recipe
Fresh Citrus Margarita | Once Upon a Recipe
And then I decided to add a little booze. You know, just for kicks. The result? A wickedly delicious cocktail that packs a nutritional punch! Plus, how pretty?!
Fresh Citrus Margaritas | Once Upon a Recipe   Fresh Citrus Margaritas | Once Upon a Recipe

Fresh Citrus Margarita

The first time I made these margaritas, I rimmed the glass with sea salt. However, because the margarita itself is not super sweet (no simple syrup here!), I found the sea salt to be too much. However, because the margarita is quite tart, the sugar complimented it perfectly. The margaritas pictured were made with sea salt. In any case, do whatever floats your boat! Makes 4 margaritas.

For the fresh citrus juice:

Makes about 24 ounces, depending on the size of your fruit and your juicer.

4 oranges, skins removed (I used Cara Cara)

3 lemons, skins removed

1 small knob of ginger

8 oz. coconut water

Juice the oranges, lemons, and ginger. Mix together with the coconut water.

For the margaritas:

6 oz. fresh citrus juice

1.5 oz. tequila

0.5 oz. triple sec

Pinch of sea salt

Granulated sugar

Combine in a cocktail shaker with ice (or just mix by hand if you don’t have a cocktail shaker). Rim your class with an orange slice and dip into the sugar. Fill your glass with ice, then add the cocktail mixture. Garnish with an orange slice. Enjoy!

Pair these margaritas with a big bowl of guac and your favorite tortilla chips and you’ve got yourself a happy hour to start the weekend off right. Happy Friday, loves!
PS. Friday parody. I laughed so hard.


  1. These are absolutely beautiful! Wish I could have one!

  2. These are definitely calling my name! I LOVE a good margarita, and I love that these don’t require a store-bought mix that contains a bunch of icky unwanted ingredients.

  3. Oh wow. I suddenly parched with thirst!

  4. This looks so yummy! The photos are great, too! I love GLOW juices, I drink about 4 or 5 a week!

  5. Oh how I wish it was sunny! These look awesome!

  6. AAAA NOW THAT SONG IS STUCK IN MY HEAD!!!! I love when people add booze to frech healthy juices, it makes them sooooo much better! Looking through this post was like a ray of sunshine in my dreary day!

  7. Ooh, yum! I have never made margaritas, but I wouldn’t mind one of these now!

  8. Looks amazing!

  9. These photos are so gorgeous! Perfect post to brighten up this never ending winter!

  10. VERY pretty photos, Amanda. And it goes without saying that the margarita sounds wonderful! I especially love blood oranges!

  11. Wow these look so refreshing and cheery! Plus I love a good margarita. This makes me want warm weather so i can sit outside and drink one of these. 🙂

  12. feastonthecheap says:

    What a sunny way to end a decidedly dreary week. Deeeeelish.

  13. Your fresh citrus is definitely making me feel better about this winter!

  14. Oh giiiirl. You know I need me 3 of these!!!

  15. these margaritas make think of summer! awesome!

    • I can’t wait to make these again when the weather is sunny and beautiful but for now I will settle for margaritas in the snow and cold!

  16. I always make regular margaritas at home. Now I think I might switch things up a bit and add some citrus! This looks and sounds awesome. Your photography is gorgeous!

  17. wowowowowowow! these look so delicious! I will take one to go please 🙂

  18. My mouth actually watered looking at these photos.My friend’s mom recently made us some juices and they were soooo good. Adding booze and a salt (or sugar) rim is genius.

  19. Haha, you are so right–that song needs a stiff drink! And NO THANK YOU for getting that stuck in my head. I’ll take one of these to get my mind off of it, thanks!

  20. Well this sounds like the perfect addition to taco night tomorrow… Yum yum, can’t wait!

  21. Sorry for being so late, but I absolutely love this. These margaritas are perfect for my current citrus obsession. These look and sound absolutely delicious. Hope you’ve been doing well!! XOXO

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