Clementine Margarita

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 13 min
  • Prep: 5 min
  • Cook: 8 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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6 clementines or 4 oranges, zested and juiced or 2 cups juice

1/2 cup water

1/2 cup sugar, plus 2 tablespoons

2 limes, 1 juiced and 1 cut into slices, for garnish

6 ounces tequila, optional

4 drops yellow food coloring

2 tablespoons kosher salt


  1. In a small saucepan, combine the clementine zest with 1/2 cup of water and 1/2 cup of sugar. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium heat until the sugar has dissolved, then turn off the heat and let cool.
  2. Combine the juice from the clementines, the juice of 1 lime and the cooled simple syrup in a large pitcher. Stir to combine. Add tequila, if desired.
  3. In a resealable bag combine the remaining 2 tablespoons of sugar with the food coloring. Shake and massage the bag to combine the food coloring with the sugar.
  4. On a flat plate, combine the colored sugar and salt and spread evenly across the plate. Dip the rims of 4 margarita glasses in water and then in the sugar mixture. Fill the glasses with ice and evenly distribute the margaritas among the glasses. Garnish with slices of lime and serve.