Celebrate Cinco De Mayo with Grilled Margaritas

May 2, 2014

Cinco de Mayo is right around the corner and VIP blogger Robyn Medlin Lindars of GrillGrrrl.com is whipping up the perfect holiday cocktail – grilled margaritas!  Also be sure to check out some of our other holiday favorites including recipes for Tacos al Pastor, Coal Fired Pico de Gallo, Beef Brisket Nachos, and Grilled Mexican Corn.


grilled margarita

Grilled Margarita

If you love the smokiness the grill imparts to food, then you will love this classic citrus cocktail with a twist. By grilling the lemons and limes, you’ll find the fruit caramelizes and gets a nice char while also making it extra juicy for squeezing into your pitcher.

This recipe makes a pitcher of margaritas, roughly four very large glasses.


3 pounds limes/lemons

2 oranges, sliced in half

1/2 cup sugar


3/4 cup tequila

1/4 cup triple sec

1 cup simple syrup, or to taste*


Dip the sliced citrus fruits in a bowl of sugar so they have a light coating. Grill the citrus on medium-high heat until they have char marks. Let them rest until they are cool enough to be juiced. Fill your margarita pitcher halfway with ice, then add the tequila and triple sec. Add the juice to the ice/tequila mixture — adding it to ice helps cut the tartness of the citrus. Add the simple syrup in small batches until you achieve the proper sweetness.

Enjoy your first smoky margarita! It goes great with grilled foods, specifically my chili lime skirt steak fajitas.

* Simple syrup is a basic sugar-water syrup used to sweeten cocktails. It can be made by combining one part sugar with one part water, combining and bringing to simmer in a sauce pan until all the sugar is dissolved and the mixture has reduced to a syrup like consistency.

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