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This guava margarita (also called a guavarita) is a unique twist on the classic margarita. It’s the perfect cocktail for Cinco de Mayo and can easily be made for a large group.
Margaritas are typically made with tequila, but that can be changed too, such as in this bourbon margarita.
This guavarita is fruity and can be made a bit spicy, just like this mango jalapeno margarita.
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
- This guava margarita is the perfect drink to make for a summer barbecue or for celebrating Cinco de Mayo. (Here are some more tasty margaritas to make for Cinco de Mayo).
- This recipe uses guava nectar, which means you can make this margarita any time of the year, even when guavas aren't in season.
- It can be served on the rocks, or as a frozen guavarita.
- This margarita is easily customizable – add in other fruit flavors or give it a spicy kick!
What Does Guava Taste Like?
Guava tastes like a combination of strawberry and pear with a touch of mango. If you have a slightly unripe guava, it will taste sour, but when ripe, it is a delicious sweet tasting fruit. There are also many different varieties of guava, and the taste will vary depending on the type.
You can drink guava nectar on its own, use it to make cocktails, or even an iced guava black tea.
Ingredients & Substitutions
- Guava nectar: Use a high quality guava nectar for this cocktail. Juice and nectar are not the same thing. The guava flavor comes through best with nectar, but if you are unable to find it in the store, you can use guava juice instead. Try to find one that has no sugar added and isn't mixed with any other fruit flavors.
- Tequila: Blanco tequila works best with this margarita, you can use any type of tequila. Try to choose a tequila that is 100% agave for the highest quality.
- Triple Sec: This recipe uses Triple Sec, but you can substitute this with another type of orange liqueur, such as Cointreau or Grand Marnier.
- Agave syrup: Agave syrup is a type of liquid sweetener. Not all grocery stores carry agave syrup. If your store doesn’t, you can easily order some online. Alternatively, replace the agave syrup with simple syrup.
- Salt: Salt is used to line the rims of the margarita glasses. You can use regular sea salt, or you can use margarita salt that is made specifically for margaritas. For a sweeter drink, use sugar instead of salt.
How To Make Guava Nectar From Scratch
Depending where you live, guavas are typically in season from August to November. If you manage to get fresh guavas, you can make your own fresh nectar to use in these margaritas.
First, slice the guavas in half and remove all the seeds. Add the guava pulp to a blender and blend until smooth. If needed, add a small amount of water to help it blend.
Then strain the mixture through a fine mesh strainer. For a smoother result, strain the mixture through a cheesecloth.
Homemade nectar may not be quite as sweet as store bought nectar. If needed, add extra agave syrup when making your margarita.
Here’s the equipment you’ll need for this drink:
- A cocktail shaker to make the margarita in.
- Margarita glasses or rock glasses to serve the margarita.
Step By Step Instructions
Step 1: Run a lime wedge around the rim of the margarita glasses. Dip the rim of each glass in salt, pressing to make it stick.
Step 2: Add the guava nectar, tequila, Triple Sec, lime juice and agave to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well for 10 to 15 seconds until the shaker is frosted. Strain and pour into a chilled margarita glass.
This guava margarita is best when served immediately. However you can mix the ingredients together without shaking them in a cocktail shaker and store them.
- Fridge: Store in an airtight container for up to 1 to 2 days. Mix well before serving. Ideally, shake in a cocktail shaker with ice immediately before serving.
- Freezer: Freeze the mix in an ice cube tray. Either thaw the margarita mix before serving, or blend the ice cubes with a small amount of guava nectar (and an extra dash of tequila) for an easy frozen margarita.
There are lots of ways to customize this recipe by adding in different flavors. Here are some of the most popular variations:
- Frozen Guava Margarita: Freeze the guava nectar in an ice cube tray. Then, blend the frozen guava cubes with the rest of the ingredients into a slush. Serve with a straw.
- Spicy Guava Jalapeño Margarita: For a drink with a little kick, replace the agave syrup with this jalapeño simple syrup. Instead of lining the rims with salt, use tajin seasoning.
- Guava Mango Margarita: Replace half of the guava nectar with mango nectar for a delicious tropical blend of flavors.
- Strawberry Guava Margarita: Replace the agave syrup with strawberry simple syrup. For a frozen version, blend in frozen strawberries instead of ice cubes.
- Pineapple Guava Margarita: Replace half of the guava nectar with pineapple nectar.
- Chill the glasses. After salting the rim, chill the margarita glasses in the fridge for 1 to 2 hours, or in the freezer for 30 minutes before serving.
- For a sweet drink, use a sugar rim. If you don’t like salt rims, line the rim of the glass with granulated sugar instead. You could also mix in some shredded coconut.
- Make a pitcher for a group. If you are planning to serve this for a group of people, multiply the recipe accordingly. Stir the ingredients together and chill in the fridge for a couple hours. To prevent watering down the drink, don't shake it in a cocktail shaker or add any ice until you are ready to serve the margaritas.
- 1 oz = 2 tablespoons. If you aren’t comfortable measuring in ounces, convert the measurements to tablespoons or cups to make it easier.
If you are used to classic margaritas, this one will taste sweet. For a less sweet margarita, reduce or leave out the agave syrup and use a salt rim rather than a sugar one.
Yes. For a stronger drink, and an extra ½ oz to 1 oz of tequila.
To make this a mocktail, leave out the alcohol or replace it with another fruit nectar such as mango or pineapple. You can also leave out the agave since it may be too sweet with it. Optionally, top with club soda for a bit of fizz.