Italian Margarita Cocktail Drink

Italian Margarita

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Written by Gavin Wrigley

Are you craving a Margarita, but with a twist? Look no further than this Italian Margarita recipe! It’s a tasty drink you can quickly whip up using fresh ingredients.

Italian Margarita Recipe

Spring calls for this uncomplicated Italian Margarita recipe! The combination of Tequila, amaretto, lime juice, and a dash of orange liqueur makes it irresistible.

Prep time:

1 minute

Mixing time:

1 minute

Servings:

1

Calories:

271 kl

Ingredients

  • 2 oz Tequila
  • oz fresh lime juice
  • 1 oz Amaretto
  • ½ oz Triple Sec
  • Ice cubes
  • Lime wheel or twist, for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Margarita Glass
  • Measuring Jigger
  • Cocktail Shaker
  • Cocktail Strainer
  • Fine strainer

Instructions

  • Prep Glass: Fill your Margarita glass with ice. Set it aside
  • Add Lime Juice: In your cocktail shaker, pour 1¼ oz fresh lime juice.
  • Add Triple Sec: Measure out and pour½ oz Triple Sec.
  • Add Amaretto: Pour 1 oz Amaretto into the shaker as well.
  • Add Tequila: Finally, add 2 oz Tequila to the mix.
  • Add Ice and Shake: Fill the shaker with ice, cap it, and give it a good shake (10-15 seconds).
  • Strain: Discard the ice inside the Margarita glass. Using both, the cocktail and fine strainer, strain the mixture into the chilled glass.
  • Garnish: Add a lime wheel or twist for garnish.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Tequila: If you're out of Tequila, use vodka as a substitute. It won't have the same flavor profile but will still make a tasty drink.
  • Amaretto: If you don't have amaretto, use a nut-flavored liqueur like Frangelico or a splash of almond extract mixed with simple syrup. Store-bought orgeat syrup can do the trick as well.
  • Fresh Lime Juice: In a pinch, bottled lime juice can work, but fresh is always best. You can also use fresh lemon juice if you have some lemons on hand.
  • Triple Sec: You can use any type of orange liqueur (Triple Sec, curaçao…) to make this cocktail. If you can’t find any, you can simply omit it and only use Amaretto. In that case, make sure to use 1 ½ ounces of Amaretto and add a dash of Orange bitters (if you have any).

Making a Pitcher of Italian Margarita:

  • Scale: To make a pitcher that serves 8, multiply all the ingredients by 8. That would be 16 oz of Tequila, 10 oz of fresh lime juice, 8 oz of amaretto, and 4 oz of orange liqueur or Triple Sec.
  • Mix: In a large pitcher, combine all the ingredients. Add ice and stir well.
  • Serve: Strain to remove the ice, serve immediately into chilled Margarita glasses, and garnish with lime zests or wheels. Serve immediately.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Tequila Substitute: Use a non-alcoholic tequila substitute; several brands are available that mimic Tequila's flavor. Otherwise, you can use fresh orange juice as a substitute. You can also try making your own substitute by mixing together water, a pinch of smoked salt, a splash of tonic and a bit of agave syrup (to taste).
  • Amaretto Substitute: Orgeat syrup is a very good non-alcoholic alternative to Amaretto. You can also use almond extract mixed with simple syrup for a non-alcoholic version. 
  • Orange Liqueur Substitute: Opt for an orange extract mixed with a bit of simple syrup to mimic the sweet citrus flavor of Triple Sec. Orange or blood orange syrup can do the trick as well.
  • Proceed As Usual: Use these non-alcoholic substitutes instead of the regular ingredients, follow the original steps, and enjoy a non-alcoholic version.

Making it Vegan:

The Italian Margarita cocktail is naturally vegan as it doesn't contain any animal products. Most spirits, including Tequila and Amaretto, are vegan-friendly. However, some brands may use animal products in their production process, especially if a filtration process is involved. Always check the brand's website or contact them directly to ensure their products are vegan.

Nutrition Facts

Calories
271
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
0.1
g
0
%
Saturated Fat
 
0.1
g
1
%
Sodium
 
5
mg
0
%
Carbohydrates
 
17
g
6
%
Fiber
 
0.1
g
0
%
Sugar
 
14
g
16
%
Potassium
 
55
mg
2
%
Protein
 
0.2
g
0
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
0.1
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
0.01
g
Vitamin A
 
18
IU
0
%
Vitamin C
 
11
mg
13
%
Calcium
 
5
mg
1
%
Iron
 
0.1
mg
1
%

 

Italian Margarita Cocktail Drink

Italian Margarita Recipe

Gavin Wrigley Written by Gavin Wrigley
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Spring calls for this uncomplicated Italian Margarita recipe! The combination of Tequila, amaretto, lime juice, and a dash of orange liqueur makes it irresistible.
Prep time: 1 minute
Mixing time: 1 minute
Servings: 1
Calories: 271

Ingredients
 

  • 2 oz Tequila
  • oz fresh lime juice
  • 1 oz Amaretto
  • ½ oz Triple Sec
  • Ice cubes
  • Lime wheel or twist - for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Margarita Glass
  • Measuring Jigger
  • Cocktail Shaker
  • Cocktail Strainer
  • Fine strainer

Instructions

  • Prep Glass: Fill your Margarita glass with ice. Set it aside
  • Add Lime Juice: In your cocktail shaker, pour 1¼ oz fresh lime juice.
  • Add Triple Sec: Measure out and pour½ oz Triple Sec.
  • Add Amaretto: Pour 1 oz Amaretto into the shaker as well.
  • Add Tequila: Finally, add 2 oz Tequila to the mix.
  • Add Ice and Shake: Fill the shaker with ice, cap it, and give it a good shake (10-15 seconds).
  • Strain: Discard the ice inside the Margarita glass. Using both, the cocktail and fine strainer, strain the mixture into the chilled glass.
  • Garnish: Add a lime wheel or twist for garnish.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Tequila: If you're out of Tequila, use vodka as a substitute. It won't have the same flavor profile but will still make a tasty drink.
  • Amaretto: If you don't have amaretto, use a nut-flavored liqueur like Frangelico or a splash of almond extract mixed with simple syrup. Store-bought orgeat syrup can do the trick as well.
  • Fresh Lime Juice: In a pinch, bottled lime juice can work, but fresh is always best. You can also use fresh lemon juice if you have some lemons on hand.
  • Triple Sec: You can use any type of orange liqueur (Triple Sec, curaçao…) to make this cocktail. If you can’t find any, you can simply omit it and only use Amaretto. In that case, make sure to use 1 ½ ounces of Amaretto and add a dash of Orange bitters (if you have any).

Making a Pitcher of Italian Margarita:

  • Scale: To make a pitcher that serves 8, multiply all the ingredients by 8. That would be 16 oz of Tequila, 10 oz of fresh lime juice, 8 oz of amaretto, and 4 oz of orange liqueur or Triple Sec.
  • Mix: In a large pitcher, combine all the ingredients. Add ice and stir well.
  • Serve: Strain to remove the ice, serve immediately into chilled Margarita glasses, and garnish with lime zests or wheels. Serve immediately.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Tequila Substitute: Use a non-alcoholic tequila substitute; several brands are available that mimic Tequila's flavor. Otherwise, you can use fresh orange juice as a substitute. You can also try making your own substitute by mixing together water, a pinch of smoked salt, a splash of tonic and a bit of agave syrup (to taste).
  • Amaretto Substitute: Orgeat syrup is a very good non-alcoholic alternative to Amaretto. You can also use almond extract mixed with simple syrup for a non-alcoholic version. 
  • Orange Liqueur Substitute: Opt for an orange extract mixed with a bit of simple syrup to mimic the sweet citrus flavor of Triple Sec. Orange or blood orange syrup can do the trick as well.
  • Proceed As Usual: Use these non-alcoholic substitutes instead of the regular ingredients, follow the original steps, and enjoy a non-alcoholic version.

Making it Vegan:

The Italian Margarita cocktail is naturally vegan as it doesn't contain any animal products. Most spirits, including Tequila and Amaretto, are vegan-friendly. However, some brands may use animal products in their production process, especially if a filtration process is involved. Always check the brand's website or contact them directly to ensure their products are vegan.

What is an Italian Margarita?

An Italian Margarita is a tequila-based cocktail made of Tequila, Amaretto, Triple Sec, and lime juice. This drink isn’t complicated to make as it combines the ingredients in a shaker with ice and then strained into a glass.

The drink essentially an exciting variant of the classic Margarita. Adding amaretto – an almond-flavored liqueur from Italy – gives this version its distinctive twist while adding complexity to its flavor profile.

A side shot of an Italian Margarita cocktail in a margarita glass on a yellow tray placed on a wooden table surrounded by half a lime, a green bowl with lime wedges and a wooden tray behind

What is an Italian Margarita made of – The ingredients

Get ready to make your Italian Margarita with these ingredients:

  • Tequila: The primary alcohol base, Tequila gives the Italian Margarita its characteristic kick.
  • Amaretto: An Italian almond-flavored liqueur adds a sweet, nutty twist to the cocktail.
  • Lime Juice: Freshly squeezed lime juice provides a tart contrast to the sweetness of the amaretto.
  • Orange Liqueur or Triple Sec: This ingredient enhances the citrus notes in the cocktail and adds depth to its flavor profile.
  • Ice: Chills and dilutes the drink slightly, making it more refreshing.

Tequila, lime juice, Amaretto, Triple Sec, and lime laid out on a white bar table

How do you make an Italian Margarita?

With our comprehensive instructions, you can easily make an Italian Margarita step by step:

1
<p>Start by filling a Margarita with ice. This will ensure that your glass is chilled when serving the drink and help keep your Margarita nice and cold.</p>

Start by filling a Margarita with ice. This will ensure that your glass is chilled when serving the drink and help keep your Margarita nice and cold.

2
<p>Squeeze a lime and pour 1,25 ounces of juice into the shaker. The lime juice adds a tangy freshness that balances out the sweetness of the amaretto.</p>

Squeeze a lime and pour 1,25 ounces of juice into the shaker. The lime juice adds a tangy freshness that balances out the sweetness of the amaretto.

3
<p>Add 1 ounce of amaretto to the shaker. This Italian liqueur adds a sweet, almond-like flavor that complements the Tequila beautifully.</p>

Add 1 ounce of amaretto to the shaker. This Italian liqueur adds a sweet, almond-like flavor that complements the Tequila beautifully.

4
<p>Add ½  ounce of Triple Sec or Orange liqueur into the shaker. This adds a citrusy note to the cocktail and enhances the flavor of the lime juice.</p>

Add ½ ounce of Triple Sec or Orange liqueur into the shaker. This adds a citrusy note to the cocktail and enhances the flavor of the lime juice.

5
<p>Finally, pour 2 ounces of Tequila into the shaker. The Tequila forms the cocktail's base and gives it its characteristic kick.</p>

Finally, pour 2 ounces of Tequila into the shaker. The Tequila forms the cocktail's base and gives it its characteristic kick.

6
<p>Fill the shaker with ice cubes.</p>

Fill the shaker with ice cubes.

7
<p>Close the shaker well and shake vigorously for about 10-15 seconds. This mixes all the ingredients and ensures that the flavors are well combined.</p>

Close the shaker well and shake vigorously for about 10-15 seconds. This mixes all the ingredients and ensures that the flavors are well combined.

8
<p>Discard the ice inside the Margarita glass. Using both the cocktail strainer and the fine strainer, strain the mixture into the chilled glass (this is called a “double strain” and will ensure no shards of ice or citrus pulp goes into your drink, leaving only a smooth and clean cocktail).</p>

Discard the ice inside the Margarita glass. Using both the cocktail strainer and the fine strainer, strain the mixture into the chilled glass (this is called a “double strain” and will ensure no shards of ice or citrus pulp goes into your drink, leaving only a smooth and clean cocktail).

9
<p>Garnish the glass with a slice or zest of lime. This makes the cocktail look more appealing, and the lime slice can add extra flavor to the drink. Serve immediately, and enjoy!</p>

Garnish the glass with a slice or zest of lime. This makes the cocktail look more appealing, and the lime slice can add extra flavor to the drink. Serve immediately, and enjoy!

History and Origin

The Italian Margarita cocktail is a fun spin on the classic Mexican drink. It mixes the usual margarita ingredients with Italy’s famous amaretto liqueur.

Let’s start with the original Margarita cocktail. There are, as per usual with classic cocktails, a lot of theory regarding when and where the Margarita was first invented.

One of these story says Carlos “Danny” Herrera made the first Margarita in 1947 or 1948. He made the drink for a customer, an actress named Marjorie King, who could only drink Tequila because of allergies. He made her a special cocktail by adding lime juice and Cointreau to the cocktail, and served it with a salt rim that would become the distinctive trait of the Margarita.

It quickly became extremely popular, and soon enough bartender all over the world started experimenting with it, one of them ending up creating the Italian Margarita we’re presenting you with in this article.

An Italian Margarita cocktail, shot from above, in a margarita glass on a beige surface surrounded by Tequila, lime juice, Amaretto, Triple Sec, and lime

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FAQ

How many calories does an Italian Margarita contain?
An average Italian Margarita contains approximately 200-250 calories. However, this can vary depending on the specific ingredients used and their quantities.
How strong is an Italian Margarita?
The strength of an Italian Margarita typically ranges from 20-25% ABV (Alcohol By Volume), which translates to 40-50 proof. This makes it a moderately strong cocktail.
What type of alcohol is used in an Italian Margarita?
An Italian Margarita primarily uses Tequila as its base spirit. Additionally, it includes a splash of amaretto, an Italian almond-flavored liqueur, as well as some orange liqueur.
In what kind of glass is an Italian Margarita served?
Traditionally, an Italian Margarita is served in a margarita glass, which has a broad rim for salt and a cone-shaped bowl to showcase the vibrant color of the cocktail.
What does an Italian Margarita taste like?
An Italian Margarita offers a delightful balance of sweet and sour flavors. The Tequila provides a robust base, while the amaretto adds a hint of sweetness and nuttiness. The lime juice brings in the tangy element, refreshing and invigorating.
What is the ratio of ingredients in an Italian Margarita?
The typical ratio for an Italian Margarita is 2 parts tequila, 1 ¼ part fresh lime juice, 1 part amaretto, and ½ part Triple Sec. This ratio ensures no ingredient overpowers the others, resulting in a harmonious blend of flavors.
How is an Italian Margarita served with ice?
An Italian Margarita is usually served “neat” or “up”, meaning without ice.
Is there a non-alcoholic version of an Italian Margarita?
You can create a non-alcoholic or 'mocktail' version of an Italian Margarita by substituting the Tequila and amaretto with non-alcoholic alternatives or simply leaving them out (see above, section “Making it non-alcoholic”).
What food pairs well with an Italian Margarita?
Italian Margaritas pair exceptionally well with spicy foods, particularly Mexican cuisine like tacos or enchiladas. The cocktail's sweet and sour flavors help balance the heat from the food.

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