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Calamansi Margarita

Calamansi Margarita

A tropical twist on the classic margarita. This version is made with calamansi, also known as calamondin fruit.
Prep Time: 5 mins
Total Time: 5 mins
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American, Filipino
Keyword: calamansi cocktail, calamansi margarita, tequila cocktail
Servings: 1 (multiply as needed)
Author: Maryanne Cabrera



  • honey, to coat glass rim
  • coarse sea salt, as needed


  • 1 ½ oz tequila, silver/blanco or reposado
  • ½ oz orange liqueur, such as Cointreau or Grand Marnier
  • ¾ oz fresh squeezed calamansi juice *
  • ¾ oz simple syrup* (recipe follows)



  • Add a small amount of honey on a flat plate. On a separate flat plate, add coarse sea salt.
  • Run rim of serving glass in honey. Scrape off any excess honey. Roll honey coated serving glass in salt. Set aside.


  • Fill mixing glass with a handful of ice. Pour in tequila, followed by orange liquor. Add in calamansi juice and simple syrup. Stir to combine.
  • Add one large ice cube to prepared salt-rimmed glass. Strain cocktail mixture into serving glass. Garnish with calamansi fruit half. Serve immediately.


To make simple syrup: Bring to a boil equal parts water and granulated sugar. Reduce heat and simmer until sugar has dissolved. Remove from heat and cool to room temperature. Keep in a covered container in the fridge until ready to use. 

Ingredient Notes:

  • This recipe uses pure fresh squeezed calamansi juice. Do not use calamansi concentrate or pre-mixed calamansi juice lemonade. 
  • Agave syrup can be used in place of simple syrup
  • Recipe works best with silver/blanco or reposada tequila