Italian Margarita Recipe with Amaretto

Three glasses of Italian Margarita rimmed with salt and garnished with orange and lime slices.

This Italian Margarita recipe is easy to make with just four ingredients! Orange juice, tequila, amaretto and lime juice combine in this delicious cocktail recipe. 

I have fond memories of these Italian Margaritas. Unfortunately, it’s not some cool story where I was sipping on these cocktails in Lake Como. Instead, my love for Italian Margaritas originated at The Olive Garden.

Sorry to burst your bubble. 

But hear me out. These Italian Margaritas are absolutely delicious. And 100% better that the ones you’ll find at the garden…

What’s an Italian Margarita?

This Italian Margarita is a twist on a standard margarita cocktail. Made with tequila and fresh lime juice. However, instead of an orange liqueur like triple sec or Cointreau, this Italian margarita uses amaretto, an almond liqueur. It gives a delicious sweet richness to this cocktail, with no need for added sweeteners or simple syrup.

At the Olive Garden, if I remember correctly, they rim their glasses with an orange-hued sugar. I chose to rim my amaretto margaritas with salt. You could also rim them with sugar, or a combination of sugar and salt. Or, have fun with these easy homemade citrus salts, and use them to rim your cocktails.

What’s in an Italian Margarita from Olive Garden

My copycat Olive Garden Italian Margarita recipe has these four ingredients:

  • Orange Juice
  • Lime Juice
  • Tequila
  • Amaretto

How to Make an Italian Margarita

  • Simply add some orange juice, lime juice, tequila and amaretto to an ice-filled cocktail shaker. Shake well then strain into a glass filled with ice.

You can also double or triple this Italian Margarita recipe, rather than making one at a time.

When we have friends over for carnitas, I like to make a big batch of this margarita recipe in a pitcher. You can also prep the salt (or sugar) rimmed glasses ahead of time too.

You can also have fun with this margarita recipe by switching up the types of oranges you use. Blood oranges will lend a beautiful magenta hue to these cocktails, while Cara Cara oranges will have a hint more sweetness and a light pink color.

Three glasses of Italian Margarita rimmed with salt and garnished with orange and lime slices.

Hand holding glass of Italian Margarita rimmed with salt and garnished with orange and lime slices.

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Three glasses of Italian Margarita rimmed with salt and garnished with orange and lime slices.

Italian Margarita Recipe

Course: Cocktail
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: amaretto margarita, italian margarita, margarita, orange margarita
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 1 cocktail
Calories: 263 kcal

This Italian Margarita recipe is easy to make with just four ingredients! Orange juice, tequila, amaretto and lime juice combine in this delicious cocktail recipe. 

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Ingredients

  • 3 ounces fresh squeezed orange juice
  • 2 ounces silver or blanco 100% agave tequila
  • 1 ounce Amaretto
  • 1 ounce fresh squeezed lime juice

Instructions

  1. Add ingredients to an ice-filled cocktail shaker and shake well to combine. 

  2. Strain into a salt or sugar rimmed glass full of ice. Garnish with fresh orange and lime wedges.

Nutrition Facts
Italian Margarita Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 263
% Daily Value*
Sodium 4mg0%
Potassium 170mg5%
Carbohydrates 20g7%
Sugar 16g18%
Vitamin A 170IU3%
Vitamin C 51.1mg62%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

10 comments

  1. Mary

    5 stars
    Oh my goodness. The color of those drinks alone has made me seriously thirsty! I’m making this stat!!

    Reply

  2. Marlynn | Urban Bliss Life

    5 stars
    What a gorgeous cocktail! And although they are inspired by ones at Olive Garden, I am sure they are MUCH better than any served there! Such a great drink for these hot summer days.

    Reply

    1. Erin

      Agreed Marlynn – I love margaritas in the summertime!

      Reply

  3. Meg Cotner

    5 stars
    I’m off alcohol while I’m on a prescription drug, but I bet something like Seedlip could sit in for the alcohol. I do miss cocktails, and this one sounds great!

    Reply

    1. Erin

      I’d love to hear it that swap works well for your Meg!!! Cheers.

      Reply

  4. Pech

    5 stars
    This sounds so refreshing and I love the idea of that layer of flavor from the almond from the amaretto!

    Reply

    1. Erin

      Thanks Pech! Cheers!!

      Reply

  5. Kelsey

    Amaretto and tequila are such an interesting combination and probably play together wonderfully- I’ll have to try one of these sometime!

    Reply

  6. Jenni LeBaron

    5 stars
    These photos are absolutely gorgeous and the drink itself sounds so refreshing and delicious!

    Reply

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