Substituting tangerine juice for lime in a margarita is a revelation. The taste is gentler, a little sweeter, and far more aromatic—the tangerine flavor acts as a shadow for the orange liqueur, amplifying its presence. If you can get a Meyer lemon to garnish with (it adds a final burst of citrus perfume), go for it. If not, a regular Eureka lemon will do just fine.

  • Yield: 1 cocktail
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Total: Under 5 mins
  • Active: Under 5 mins

Ingredients (5)

  • Ice
  • 1 1/2 ounces añejo tequila
  • 1 ounce freshly squeezed tangerine juice
  • 1 ounce triple sec orange liqueur, preferably Cointreau
  • Thin lemon slice, preferably from a Meyer lemon


  1. Fill a chilled glass with ice. Pour in the tequila, tangerine juice, and orange liqueur. Squeeze the lemon slice into the glass and stir. Drop the squeezed lemon into the margarita as garnish.