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Simple Citrus Basil Margarita - a light and refreshing cocktail for summer or Cinco de Mayo!

Simple Citrus-Basil Margarita

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  • Author: Erin Jensen
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 1 1x
  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Counter Top
  • Cuisine: American


A wonderfully refreshing spin on the classic margarita, just in time for Cinco de Mayo!


  • 3/4 cup fresh minneola orange juice (peel one orange and place in blender – puree until completely liquid – pour through fine mesh sieve)
  • 23 Tablespoons lime juice (add 2 Tablespoons first, more to taste)
  • 1/2 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 Teaspoon honey
  • 1 shot (approx. 1-1.5oz) tequila
  • 2 oz triple sec
  • 1 sweet basil leaf
  • Salt


  1. Rub citrus juice around rim of glass and dip in salt.
  2. Add basil to glass and crush/mull.
  3. Add ice to glass.
  4. Combine ingredients and pour over ice.
  5. Alternatively, you can add ingredients to a shaker with ice and then pour over layers of lime, minneola orange, navel orange, grapefruit and lemon.
  6. *everyone’s tastes are different, taste and adjust accordingly! Enjoy!