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These tasty guava margaritas add a unique twist to classic margaritas. They are easy and quick to make in less than 5 minutes, making them the perfect drink for a large group. Made with guava nectar so you can make these drinks any time of year, even when guavas aren’t in season. This guavarita can be made on the rocks or frozen. Or if you prefer a little spice, make the spicy jalapeño variation!
What does guava taste like?
Guava tastes like a combination of strawberry, pear and 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.
- Guava nectar: Use a high quality nectar for these cocktails. 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. Try to find one that is not mixed with other fruit flavors and has no sugar added.
- Tequila: If you have a favorite type of tequila use that. However, you don’t need to use super high quality and expensive tequila — save that for something other than a mixed drink.
- Triple Sec: Any type of orange liqueur will work. Substitute this with Cointreau or Grand Marnier.
- Lime juice: Every type of margarita has a bit of lime. Use freshly squeezed lime juice, not the bottled kind.
- Agave syrup: This is basically a liquid sweetener. Certain grocery stores carry this and others don’t. If your grocery store does have it, you can generally find it in the baking aisle. If not, you can easily order it on Amazon. And if you still can’t get ahold of agave, you can replace it with simple syrup.
- Salt: This is for lining the rim of the margarita glasses.
If you want to try something a little different, here are my favorite variations on this guavarita:
- Spicy jalapeno guava 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 ½ of the guava nectar with mango nectar for a delicious tropical blend of flavors.
- Frozen guava margaritas: 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.
- Fresh guava vs. store bought nectar: If you are able to get fresh guavas, you can make nectar out of them and use that for these drinks. It will definitely taste fresher. However, it can be hard to find guavas depending on the time of year and where you live — and when you do, they can be expensive. I find store bought guava nectar still tastes amazing, is faster and more convenient to use, and can be found year round at a fraction of the cost of using real guavas.
- Sugar vs salt: Classic margaritas use salt on the rim, but with fruity drinks or for people who don’t like salt, using sugar instead is a great alternative.
- Chill the glasses. This drink tastes best when it is extra cold. If you have the time, chill the margarita glasses in the fridge for 1-2 hours before serving.
- 1 oz = 2 tablespoons = ⅛ cup. If you aren’t comfortable measuring in ounces, convert the measurements to tablespoons or cups to make it easier.