The Best Italian Margaritas

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I first experienced these Italian Margaritas at one of my best friends' bachelorette party and have been obsessed with them ever since. Zesty Aperol adds the perfect spin on this delicious twist on the classic margarita!

Every party needs a signature cocktail! This is the perfect cocktail for this, as it is always a crowd pleaser yet not your typical margarita.

What is an Italian Margarita?

Although there are many variations of this cocktail that include amaretto liquor, I personally prefer to use Aperol for a bright and fun twist! Aperol is an Italian liqueur with a bright orange color and has a sweet tart bitter orange flavor. The crisp flavor of the Aperol balances with the smooth tequila and sweetness of the simple syrup and orange liqueur. This is such a fun cocktail there is even a variation of it on the menu at Olive Garden!

the best italian margaritas in cocktail glasses
the best Italian margaritas

The Origin of the Margarita

The story goes that the first time a margarita was created was in the early 1900s in Puebla, Mexico. The bartender's girlfriend was named Margarita and enjoyed salt in her drinks. Apparently, he created this drink for her as a present!

This version of the classic uses a handful of fresh ingredients and liqueurs to create the most vibrant orange margarita!
the best italian margaritas in cocktail glasses
the best Italian margaritas

What Do I Need to Make the Best Italian Margarita?

While the full ingredients list is available below, here are some tips on what you will need to make this Italian twist on a regular margarita!

  • Reposado tequila
  • Aperol
  • Fresh lime juice
  • Triple sec or Grand Marnier
  • Simple syrup

Some people can also put fresh orange juice in this cocktail to blend the fresh citrus juices. I love to garnish this cocktail with a sprig of fresh rosemary, a fresh lime wedge, or orange wedges. If you can find blood oranges you could use slices of them too!

the best italian margaritas in cocktail glasses
the best Italian margaritas

How to Make Simple Syrup

Simple syrup is just as easy to prepare as its name suggests! Simply add equal parts sugar and water to a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Stir often while heating the mixture until the sugar fully dissolves into the water. Remove from heat and let cool completely.

the best italian margaritas in cocktail glasses
the best Italian margaritas

How to Prepare This Italian Margarita Recipe

Here are some tips to prepare this Italian version of a classic cocktail.

  • If you want to salt the rim of the glass, simply add a smidge of simple syrup to a small plate and have some coarse salt ready in a small plate next to it. Dip rim into the simple syrup to coat the rim. Then dip rim into the salt. Shake off excess salt and you are ready to pour in your Italian margarita!
  • Add all of your ingredients to a cocktail shaker and add lots of ice cubes. Shake vigorously for approximately thirty seconds, until the mixture is very cold. Pour into a chilled cocktail glass or margarita glasses and enjoy!
the best italian margaritas in cocktail glasses
the best Italian margaritas

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The Best Italian Margaritas

I first experienced these Italian Margaritas at one of my best friends' bachelorette party and have been obsessed with them ever since. Zesty Aperol adds the perfect spin on this delicious twist on the classic margarita!

Author:
Kirsten

Ingredients

  • 2oz Reposado tequila
  • 1oz Aperol
  • 1oz Fresh lime juice
  • 1/2oz Triple sec or Grand Marnier
  • 1/2oz Simple syrup

Instructions

  1. If you want to salt the rim of the glass, simply add a smidge of simple syrup to a small plate and have some coarse salt ready in a small plate next to it. Dip rim into the simple syrup to coat the rim. Then dip rim into the salt. Shake off excess salt and you are ready to pour in your Italian margarita!
  2. Add all of your ingredients to a cocktail shaker and add lots of ice cubes. Shake vigorously for approximately thirty seconds, until the mixture is very cold. Pour into a chilled cocktail glass or margarita glasses and enjoy!

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