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Calamansi Margarita

A tropical twist on the classic margarita. This version is made with calamansi, also known as calamondin fruit.

Servings 1
Author Maryanne Cabrera



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


  • 1 1/2 oz tequila, silver/blanco or reposado
  • 1/2 oz orange liqueur, such as Cointreau or Grand Marnier
  • 3/4 oz fresh squeezed calamansi juice *
  • 3/4 oz simple syrup* (recipe follows)



  1. Add a small amount of honey on a flat plate. On a separate flat plate, add coarse sea salt.

  2. Run rim of serving glass in honey. Scrape off any excess honey. Roll honey coated serving glass in salt. Set aside.


  1. 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.

  2. Add one large ice cube to prepared salt-rimmed glass. Strain cocktail mixture into serving glass. Garnish with calamansi fruit half. Serve immediately.

Recipe Notes

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