Italian Margarita Recipe with Amaretto

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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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.

What is amaretto?

  • Amaretto is 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 just 4-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

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. 
4.04 from 32 votes
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 1 cocktail

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

  • Add ingredients to an ice-filled cocktail shaker and shake well to combine. 
  • Strain into a salt or sugar rimmed glass full of ice. Garnish with fresh orange and lime wedges.
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Nutrition

Calories: 263kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Sodium: 4mg | Potassium: 170mg | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 170IU | Vitamin C: 51.1mg

20 thoughts on “Italian Margarita Recipe with Amaretto”

  1. 5 stars
    My love for Italian Margaritas started at Olive Garden too!! When I visit, I almost always order one!! 😬 I made your recipe.. so much better!! Thank you so much for sharing! I’m so thrilled to store this recipe for many to try. Thanks a ton!

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  2. We have a restaurant/lounge in the area that serves a fantastic Italian Margarita, and I have searched for recipes for one that would replicate it, but most of the recipes that I found used either a bunch of special ingredients that I am not buying, or a simple syrup that I am not making! This one has everything that I am looking for…things that are already in my house or that I can easily pick up at the store when I am there. I cannot wait to try this. It looks delightful!

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  3. 5 stars
    Just made this. I was a bit skeptical of orange juice /Lime with amaretto but it was really delicious I am planning on serving this at a after wedding brunch just need to watch how much you drink. The alcohol goes down so easy I can imagine being drunk before you know it

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