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This lychee margarita is a fruity margarita that is perfect for the summer. The sweet & floral lychee flavor combines with the tart lime for a refreshingly delicious cocktail.
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
- This lychee margarita is a fruity & refreshing drink with a hint of floral.
- Since it is made with lychee nectar, it can be made all year round. It’s the perfect drink for summer, as well as winter.
- This is an easy drink to make in a large batch for a group of people.
Ingredients & Substitutions
- Lychee Nectar: Lychee nectar is typically sold in a can or carton in the juice aisle or international cuisine aisle of large grocery stores. Using lychee nectar is the quickest and simplest way to make this margarita, but if you can’t find any, there are instructions below for how to use a can of lychees instead.
- Tequila: Blanco tequila works best with this margarita, but you can use any type of tequila. Try to choose a tequila that is 100% agave for the highest quality.
- Lime Juice: Use freshly squeezed lime juice for the brightest, tart citrus flavor.
- 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.
Here is the equipment that you will need to make the lychee margaritas:
- A margarita glass rimmer to easily rim the glasses with salt (optional).
- A cocktail shaker to make the margarita in.
- Margarita glasses to serve the margarita in.
- Cocktail picks if you want to add fresh lychees as garnish.
Step By Step Instructions
Step 1: Run a wedge of lime along the rim of the margarita glass. Press and roll the rim into the margarita salt, making sure it sticks.
Step 2: Add the lychee nectar, tequila, lime juice, Triple Sec and agave syrup to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well for 15 seconds until the outside of the shaker is frosted. Strain and serve on the rocks in a prepared margarita glass.
There are lots of creative variations you can make for this recipe, but here are some ideas:
- Spicy Lychee Margarita: Line the glass rim with tajin seasoning instead of salt. Replace the agave syrup with jalapeno simple syrup.
- Pineapple Ginger Lychee Margarita: Replace 1 oz of the lychee nectar with pineapple nectar. Instead of agave, use this pineapple ginger syrup.
- Raspberry Lychee Margarita: Replace 1 oz of lychee nectar with pure raspberry juice. Use raspberry simple syrup instead of agave syrup.
- Guava Lychee Margarita: Replace half of the lychee nectar with guava nectar.
- Make it a frozen lychee margarita. For a frozen lychee margarita, blend all the ingredients together with ice into a slush. Taste, and if necessary add a bit of extra tequila and lychee – sometimes blending the drink can water it down slightly.
- Make it a pitcher. If you are serving these margaritas to a group, it is easiest to make a large pitcher. Mix all the ingredients together (except for the ice), and store covered in the fridge until ready to serve.
- 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.
If you can't find lychee nectar, you can use a jar of canned lychees. Blend the entire container (the lychees with the syrup). Then, pass the mixture through a fine mesh sieve.