Key Lime Margaritas


It’s been a little over a year since we moved in our new home, and we’re still working on things here and there. These last few weeks, we’ve re-finished all the wood floors. There was water damage, lots of gaps and I wasn’t too crazy about how light in color they were, a pale golden oak. It took forever, but we finally hit the bare wood. I learned that pre-finished wood floor is not a good thing, that is if you ever need to repair it or want to change the color. It’s a bit of a nightmare. Apparently the pre-finish is so incredibly hard, it’s almost sandpaper resistant. It took at least 4 times longer to sand than a traditional floor. But the floors are fixed now and a new darker stain has been added. Just a few more days for the polyurethane to cure, and we can put everything back the way it was before. I can’t wait!


With all this home improvement drama and polyurethane fumes, I’ve needed a cocktail a few times this past week along with a quick fix meal. One of the best cocktails I’ve made this week was this Key Lime Margarita.

Key limes are in season now through December. They have a distinctive tart taste and make a perfect compliment to a basic margarita. For this cocktail, I used the best agave tequila we have in the house, some good quality triple sec and regular sweet lime juice paired with the tart key lime juice. The resulting margarita is perfection. It’s sweet, tart, strong and smooth. Just remember, using the best tequila in this simple recipe is what makes it so incredible. Cheaper tequilas are best suited to serve at parties, paired with a big bottle of margarita mix 🙂


These Key Lime Margaritas are a perfect pairing for Old El Paso Chicken Enchiladas. You can find Old El Paso Chicken Enchiladas in your grocer’s freezer. They make enchiladas at home even easier. For a complete Mexican meal, add Old El Paso rice and re-fried beans as sides too.


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Key Lime Margaritas

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3 oz Tequila
2 oz Triple Sec
3/4 oz lime juice
1/4 oz key lime juice
key lime slices for garnish
margarita or kosher salt to rim glass


Start by moistening the rim of your serving glasses with a lime. Place glass upside down in a bowl of margarita or kosher salt to rim glass with salt. Add ice to glass.

Add tequila, triple sec and lime juice to a shaker with ice. Shake well and pour over ice to serve.

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  6 Responses to “Key Lime Margaritas”

  1. Mike — October 15, 2013 @ 5:43 pm

    I certainly agree w/ the “cheaper tequila and mix” at parties. Most of the people I have had at my (long-ago) parties couldn’t tell the difference between the cheapest tequila and the fifty dollar a bottle stuff. (esp. after several drinks) When I’d make a pitcher of margaritas, I’d pour about half a can of lemon-lime soda into it, too…cut the taste of the mix and cheap tequila, “brightened” it up some, everyone always seemed to enjoy them.

    About fifteen yrs. ago, I was staying at a hotel while visiting my sister near Dallas and read a magazine in the room, one about the hotel industry and an article said tequila would be going up b/c of a poor agave crop that year. When I got home, I bought a case of premium tequila for about 20 bucks/bottle and now the stuff is fifty dollars. I still have several bottles (not much of a drinker) even after giving several away as presents. I worked at a liquor store while going back to school several yrs. before that and the “bar” tequila, the cheapest stuff that was seven bucks/liter is now close to $20. I don’t think I’d ever stoop to drinking that stuff….maybe use it as paint thinner, but….

  2. Paula - bell'alimento — October 16, 2013 @ 8:37 am

    Bring on the margaritas!

  3. Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective — October 17, 2013 @ 6:05 pm

    Love a good margarita! Awesome idea to use key limes!

  4. I love a good tart margarita. Using key limes is a smooth touch. Thanks for this recipe.

  5. Key West Guy — October 21, 2013 @ 5:30 pm

    I like the touch of using the mason jars.

    Try using light agave nectar to moisten the rim of the glass before dipping it in the salt. It adds a little something.


    • Angie McGowan — October 25, 2013 @ 9:02 am

      great idea!

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