If you love avocados, you’re going to adore this Avocado Margarita! This creamy avocado drink, highlighting traditional margarita ingredients, is smooth, balanced and delicious for any occasion. Makes 1 drink, but can be made in a batch.
He got all excited and purchased the ingredients—only for me to discover after the fact that the avocado drink calls for pineapple juice, which is a no-no for me.
So… I started trying my hand at a homemade avocado margarita, as one does.
Why we love this recipe:
If you like the light, fresh flavor of avocados and enjoy a margarita, this is a refreshing cocktail for you!
The avocado makes the margarita absolutely sinful and has an awesome creamy texture.
It’s a fun twist on the classic, and it goes down easily. You can pair it with lots of things, but I highly recommend making a big ‘ol batch of Caramelized Onion Guacamole with your leftover avocado(s) and enjoying that while you sip!
In the market for a new drink? Check out my Cocktail Recipe Index for inspiration!
What you’ll need to make an Avocado Margarita
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- Margarita glasses (or other glasses that will work with margaritas)
- Jigger or mini angled measuring cup
- Citrus juicer or a citrus reamer
In addition to these tools, you’ll need just six ingredients. You might have some of ‘em on hand already, too:
- Avocado—you’ll need about a half small avocado per drink. Obviously, you want this to be a ripe avocado. We purchase our avocados when they’re hard (and unripe), and let them ripen on the countertop. When they’re perfect, we transfer them to the fridge.
- Silver tequila—a 100% blue agave brand, please and thank you.
- Cointreau—or your favorite triple sec, if Cointreau is unavailable. This is an orange liqueur.
- Limes or freshly squeezed lime juice—I purchase the squeezed kind from the refrigerated section at the grocery store. It’s with the pre-chopped fruit and is worth the splurge. However, you can purchase limes and squeeze ‘em yourself.
- Simple syrup—you can make it at home or you can purchase it from the store or online.
- Tajin—this is a chile lime seasoning blend. It’s got a hint of heat, some tartness and pairs beautifully with this margarita because it brings an element of heat.
Also, if you’ve got some homemade margarita mix at your house, you could use that in place of the lime juice and simple syrup. I have notations on how to do that below, too.
How do you make a avocado margarita from scratch?
First and foremost, juice your limes. I typically do this over a liquid measuring cup with a fine mesh strainer on top of it to keep pulp and seeds out of the final juice.
Pro tip: You’ll get more juice from your limes if they’re room temperature. If you keep ‘em in the fridge, pop them into the microwave for 20-30 seconds to get those juices flowing!
Also, you’ll want to rim your glass with Tajin if you want to make this a spicy avocado margarita. If you don’t like spice, rim the glass with salt instead. You can also add a large ice cube to the glass, as well, if you want your avocado margarita to be extra cold.
Once your limes are juiced and other ingredients are acquired, measure the avocado, tequila, lime juice, Cointreau and simple syrup into the base of your blender. While you could mix this up in a cocktail shaker, we’ve found that the avocado will remain a little lumpy. A blender will ensure your drink is nice and smooth and incorporated.
Blend until the ingredients are combined and the avocado is creamy. Keep an eye on this because you can overmix it, then have an extremely thick margarita.
Pour into your prepared glasses. Garnish with a lime wedge before enjoying immediately.
Erin’s Easy Entertaining Tips
Why? They’re balanced and refreshing and perfect for any time of year. Since we can find avocados in our stores year-round, don’t confine yourself to drinking these at outdoor events.
Margaritas at home are simple because they require few ingredients and even less time to put ‘em together! And this margarita recipe is absolutely worth mixing up to share.
Here are a few tips and tricks to make it as easy as possible:
- Make it a pitcher. After all, if you’re hosting several friends, you might as well double or triple the recipe so you’re not blending up margaritas by request throughout the evening. I’ll explain in the recipe card!
- Make your simple syrup 1-2 days in advance… or do what I do and make a big batch so you’ve always got some in the fridge. Let it hang out in the fridge, and make a lot of it, depending on how many friends are joining you.
- Squeeze the limes an hour or so before guests arrive—or take the store-bought shortcut. Just be sure to get the fresh-squeezed lime juice instead of the shelf-stable kind. It makes all the difference, promise.
- Purchase your avocados in advance so they ripen in time. When they’re perfectly ripe, transfer them to the fridge so they will last longer.
Frequently Asked Questions
No. Tequila is made from agave plant.
You can find and purchase it at La Cava del Tequila.
If you’ve got margarita mix (homemade margarita mix or the store-bought kind), omit the lime juice and simple syrup with 2 ½ oz. of the margarita mix.
Take a lime wedge and run it around the edge of the glass. You want there to be enough liquid to where the salt will stick, but that the juice doesn’t run down the side of your glass. (If it does, no big deal—that’ll just add a little extra lime juice to your margarita.) Pour salt onto a small, and gently press the glass into the salt, until salt coats the rim.
Quick tips and tricks for making the best avocado cocktails
- Double or triple the recipe! While this margarita recipe makes a single drink, you might want to blend more to share. Do the simple math and throw them in a pitcher if necessary! It’s actually really simple in the blender!
- Purchase good lime juice or squeeze your own. The shelf stable bottled stuff won’t cut it for this avocado drink.
- Choose the perfect avocados. We purchase ours when they’re underripe. As the avocado ripens, it will become softer to touch. If your avocado is ripe before you want a margarita, place it into the fridge. It’ll keep there for a few days.
If you love avocados, you’re going to adore this Avocado Margarita! This creamy avocado drink, highlighting traditional margarita ingredients, is smooth, balanced and delicious for any occasion.
- 2 tablespoons avocado (about ½ small avocado)
- 1 ½ oz. silver tequila
- 1 ½ oz. lime juice, freshly squeezed
- 1 oz. simple syrup
- ¾ oz. Cointreau (or triple sec)
- Lime wedges or twists, for garnish
- Rim a margarita glass with Tajin or salt. Fill with ice, and set aside.
- Measure the avocado, tequila, lime juice, simple syrup and Cointreau in a blender.
- Blend the ingredients until smooth.
- Pour into the prepared margarita glass.
- Garnish the margarita with a wedge of lime, and enjoy immediately.
If you like a thicker, creamier margarita, add 3 tablespoons of avocado instead of two.
This recipe makes one margarita, but it can easily be doubled or tripled if you’re pouring margaritas for a crowd.
How to make this a pitcher drink: For a 6-drink pitcher, combine 1 cup and two tablespoons avocado (18 tablespoons total), 9 oz. silver tequila, 9 oz. lime juice, 6 oz. simple syrup and 4.5 oz. Cointreau in the base of a blender. Blend until combined, then pour over ice with garnishes.
How can I use margarita mix in this recipe? If you’ve got margarita mix (homemade margarita mix or the store-bought kind), omit the lime juice and simple syrup with 2 ½ oz. of the margarita mix.
My favorite margarita store-bought shortcuts:
- Cold press freshly squeezed lime juice: It sounds silly, but if you can find this refrigerated lime juice that’s good to go, it’s worth the cost, especially if you’re entertaining.
- Simple syrup: If you’re unsure if you’ll have time to make and then cool simple syrup, they sell this bottled stuff in stores, too!
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 279Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 5mgCarbohydrates: 31gFiber: 4gSugar: 20gProtein: 1g
Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate.