You Don't Need Limes to Make Margaritas on Cinco de Mayo or Any Other Day

Categories: Booze, Recipes

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Photo by Molly Dunn
Tangelos are sweet, tart and perfect substitutes for limes.
It's Cinco de Mayo and the price of limes has risen significantly. Perfect timing, right? You could go buy limes from the grocery store for nearly a dollar each so you can make your guacamole and margaritas, but who wants to spend that much money when you don't have to?

It's easy to make guacamole with a little squirt of lemon juice, but can you make margaritas without limes? Why, yes, yes you can.

The key to an excellent margarita is good tequila, a salted glass rim and an element of citrus. Of course, you can enhance your margaritas by adding more sweetness or spiciness, whatever floats your boat. So, tequila-lovers, don't fret this "Cinco de Drinko," you CAN make a lip-smacking, thirst-quenching margarita. Thanks to the help from my fiancé, I bring you two incredible margarita recipes without limes.

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Photo by Molly Dunn
Meyer lemons are sweeter than normal lemons, so you don't need to add extra sugar.
Meyer Lemon Margarita

Substitute Meyer lemons (not regular lemons) for lime juice in a standard margarita recipe. Meyer lemons are sweeter, so you don't even need to add simple syrup to the drink. Use this recipe from White on Rice Couple, featuring just three ingredients: Meyer lemon juice, tequila and triple sec.

Juice five Meyer lemons for two margaritas. Remember to save a slice to decorate your cocktail. Prepare your glass by dabbing your finger in the Meyer lemon juice and coating the rim, then roll the rim of the glass in sea salt or Kosher salt. For one cocktail, add equal parts Meyer lemon juice and silver tequila -- 1 ½ ounces each. Then add 1 ounce of triple sec to the cocktail shaker with lots of ice. Shake, shake, shake, then pour into the glass. Add more ice cubes if needed.

Lick the salt and take a sip. Despite the drink having more alcohol than citrus juice, this margarita is perfectly sweet. The Meyer lemons have enough sugar to mask the strength of the tequila and triple sec.



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8 comments
H Newcomb
H Newcomb

No lime, not a margarita. It may be a perfectly delightful drink, but it's not a margarita. Calling it one gets you my contempt just like calling a drink not involving gin or vodka a 'martini' will. If you're creative enough to come up with a new drink, be creative enough to come up with a name for it. Otherwise keep your hands in your pockets. If previous era barkeeps had been that mentally lazy, we'd never would have had Harvey Wallbangers, Singapore Slings, Mai Tais, Long Island Ice Teas - or Margaritas for that matter.

Christine Her-Era
Christine Her-Era

Remember the lady from Pico de Gallo who gave us lemon slices instead? lol

Christine Her-Era
Christine Her-Era

"high lime prices" babe, the struggle is real - Casey Johnson

del.martinis
del.martinis topcommenter

Did I mention how cheap limes are at Fiesta?

Henderson
Henderson

I've heard it said that the margarita was originated by a man who moved here from Hackensack, NJ, and started Pico's Mex Mex. Many credit the guy for inventing the drink.

johnatrisk
johnatrisk

Except Meyer lemons cost way more than limes, which are 3 for $1 at HEB, and cheaper at Fiesta or Caninos.

kagan34
kagan34

@Henderson Heard that story, and judging from the prices he charges, he had them patented too.

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