Ginger Margarita

Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Steep/Cool 30 mins
Total Time 1 hr 5 mins
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2 glasses of ginger margaritas with lime.

This Ginger Margarita is easy to make, subtly spiced, tart, refreshing, and delicious. This margarita uses fresh ginger, and the key to making this cocktail shine it’s using Anejo Tequila. It adds a subtle note of vanilla that pairs lovely with the spicy kick. If you are a ginger and margarita fan, this drink is for you!

What is Ginger?

Ginger, also known as ginger root, is from the ginger plant Zingiber officiale, which belongs to the same family as turmeric and cardamom. Though there are wide varieties of ginger root, the most common has light brown skin and yellow flesh, while younger versions can be pink in color. The flavor is slightly peppery and sweet, with a spicy aroma. 

🥃 Ingredients

These ginger margaritas call for simple ingredients. It’s a lovely spiced twist to our classic margarita, except we use Anejo Tequila and make fresh syrup. To serve, we rimmed the glass with salt and garnished it with a fresh lime wheel.

  • Tequila. The best tequila for this delicious drink is Anejo Tequila. We prefer this bottle of tequila as it has a robust flavor with vanilla notes, which pair very nicely with the sweet and spicy ginger syrup.
  • Fresh Lime Juice. Be sure to use freshly squeezed lime juice rather than bottled ones when making homemade margaritas.
  • Ginger. We use fresh, peeled ginger. The flavor of ginger is spicy, zingy, peppery, warm, and sometimes sweet. We don’t recommend ground ginger because it’s not as strongly flavored as fresh ginger.
  • Water.
  • Sugar. We recommend Cane Sugar or Turbinado Sugar when making cocktail simple syrups. These 2 sugars are minimally processed compared to other sugars like granulated or caster sugars; therefore, they both retain more of the plant’s flavor and natural molasses, which makes a very delicious simple syrup for margaritas.
pouring ginger margarita in a glass with ice.

📃 Instructions

This margarita recipe is easy to make, and the simple syrup can also be made days in advance. So let’s dive into how to make it.

  • Make the Ginger Simple Syrup. Add fresh ginger to a small saucepan with equal parts of water and cane sugar or turbinado sugar. Bring to a boil and simmer for 15 minutes. Remove from heat, let the mixture steep/cool for 10 minutes, and then add to a blender. Blend until smooth and creamy. Place simple syrup in the refrigerator to continue cooling until ready to make margaritas.
  • Add ingredients and ice to a shaker. Add tequila, fresh lime juice, ginger-flavored simple syrup, and ice to a cocktail shaker.
  • Rim the glass. On a small plate, add margarita salt or kosher salt. Rub the rim and the side of the glass with a lime wedge. Tilt the glass into the mixture so that the salt sticks to the glass.
  • Shake and Strain. Shake vigorously and strain the drink into the prepared glass filled with ice.
  • Garnish and Serve. Add a lime wheel to the drink, and enjoy.
2 glasses of ginger margaritas with lime.

FAQs

Can I strain the Ginger instead of blending it into the Syrup?


Yes, but we recommend blending the ginger in the simple syrup as it will add a more robust ginger flavor. If you don’t have a blender, let the ginger steep in the simple syrup until it cools to room temperature to enhance the natural sweetness of the ginger, and then use a fine mesh strainer or slotted spoon to remove the ginger.

Can I use Ginger Beer instead?


Adding ginger beer to this margarita changes the flavor entirely. If that’s all you have on hand, we recommend adding 3/4 oz regular simple syrup and 3 and 1/2 oz ginger beer, and tequila and lime juice.

Can the Ginger Simple Syrup be Frozen?

Yes, you can freeze ginger simple syrup. We like to freeze leftover syrup in an ice cube tray so that we can add it to sodas, iced tea, or lemonade.

How long does Homemade Ginger Syrup Last?

The syrup should last up to two weeks if kept covered in the fridge. If you notice any bits of mold in the syrup, then it’s time to throw it out and make a new batch.

This Ginger Margarita is subtly spiced, refreshing, perfectly balanced, and tart. It’s the perfect drink for the holidays and for any occasion, and we hope you all love it. Enjoy! ♡

Ginger Margarita

5 from 5 votes
This Ginger Margarita is subtly spiced, refreshing, perfectly balanced, and tart. It’s the perfect drink for the holidays and any occasion!
2 glasses of ginger margaritas with lime.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Steep/Cool 30 mins
Total Time 1 hr 5 mins
Yields 1 drink
Ingredients
Ginger Simple Syrup
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar cane or turbinado
  • cup fresh ginger peeled
Margarita
  • 3 oz Anejo tequila
  • ½ oz fresh lime juice
  • ¾ oz ginger simple syrup
Margarita Garnishes
  • salt rim
  • lime wheel
Instructions
  • Make the Ginger Simple Syrup. Add fresh ginger to a small saucepan with equal parts of water and cane sugar or turbinado sugar. Bring to a boil and simmer for 15 minutes.
    Remove from heat, let the mixture steep/cool for 10 minutes, and then add to a blender. Blend until smooth and creamy. Place simple syrup in the refrigerator to continue cooling until ready to make margaritas.
    1 cup water, 1 cup sugar, 1/3 cup fresh ginger
  • Add ingredients and ice to a shaker. Add tequila, fresh lime juice, ginger-flavored simple syrup, and ice to a cocktail shaker.
    3 oz Anejo tequila, 1/2 oz fresh lime juice, 3/4 oz ginger simple syrup
  • Rim the glass. On a small plate, add margarita salt or kosher salt. Rub the rim and the side of the glass with a lime wedge. Tilt the glass into the mixture so that the salt sticks to the glass.
    salt rim
  • Shake and Strain. Shake vigorously and strain the drink into the prepared glass filled with ice.
  • Garnish and Serve. Add a lime wheel to the drink, and enjoy.
    lime wheel
Course: Beverage, Beverages: Alcoholic
Cuisine: American-Inspired, Mexican-Inspired
Diet: Vegetarian
Nutrition Facts
Serving1gCalories262.8kcalCarbohydrates17.98gProtein0.19gFat0.06gSaturated Fat0.01gPolyunsaturated Fat0.01gMonounsaturated Fat0.01gSodium14.37mgPotassium60.73mgFiber0.2gSugar15.92gVitamin A7.09IUVitamin C4.6mgCalcium5.86mgIron0.85mg
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