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The Tastiest Cilantro Margarita

This Cilantro Margarita has a little twist on it. With super fresh ingredients it is perfect for Cinco de Mayo, a neighborhood BBQ or just a girls night on the back porch. I know you are going to love it.

The main ingredients we are going to use in this cocktail are tequila, lime juice, homemade simple syrup, cilantro, kosher salt, and ice. We’re going to keep it clean and keep our ingredients fresh and to a minimum. First we are going to select our glass and use a little bit of the lime to coat the edge of the glass. If you prefer no salt, but the best way to rim the glass is to use a little bit of the lime to moisten the edge and use kosher salt.

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I only like a little bit of salt, so what I prefer to do is dab on a little tiny bit. Next pick off some of the cilantro leaves and place them in the glass. I know cilantro can go either way – you either love it or you hate it, but I happen to love it, so any time I can get fresh cilantro from the farmer’s market, I go ahead and grab it and make as many things as I can. I love it with tacos, guacamole, really anything. Even when we go get sushi I ask them if they have any cilantro – if they have it I just tell them to add it any roll they can!

After you add the lime and cilantro muddle then together. The juice of the lime will help mix that up. Muddle it and then add the lime juice. I always prefer to use fresh squeezed and natural, but if you can’t, the Key Lime very tasty.

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A little bit of simple syrup just in to add a little bit of sweetness, then tequila and add in ice. Once you add your ice, stir and top it off with a sliced lime wedge.

I love the bright lime that makes it a little sour, and the cilantro. It’s a lot of cilantro flavor but not too much. Then a little bit of simple syrup makes it a little bit sweet, but honestly, you could do without that. Just depends on how you like your cocktails.

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lime wedge, to muddle and as garnish
kosher salt
1 ounce lime juice
1/4 cup cilantro leaves
1.5 ounces tequilla
1 ounce simple syrup
lime wedge


Moisten the outside edge of the glass with a lime wedge, dip in kosher salt to edge with salt. Place wedge in glass with cilantro leaves and muddle together to break down the cilantro leaves. Add lime juice, simple syrup, tequilla and ice. Stir together to combine.

Garnish with lime wedge and serve very cold.

Makes one cocktail.

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54 Responses to The Tastiest Cilantro Margarita

  1. Erica @ Coming Up Roses May 7, 2015 at 3:05 PM #

    This. Looks. AMAZING! I must share with the fiance ASAP and make these with tacos or something…looks so fab.

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  2. Martin Redmond May 2, 2015 at 3:42 PM #

    Lime and cilantro are two flavors that go hand in hand in my book, but I wouldn’t have thought of combining them in a Margarita in a million years! I would love to try this!

    • Krayl Funch May 12, 2015 at 3:20 PM #

      Martin – you will love it ! Let me know what you think!

  3. Bobbi's Kozy Kitchen April 30, 2015 at 7:29 PM #

    CIlantro seems to be one of those herbs that people either really really like, or really really hate. I am Team Cilantro all the way!!
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  4. Joy | The Joyful Foodie April 29, 2015 at 3:56 PM #

    I don’t think I’ve ever had cilantro in a cocktail, and now I’m feeling like I’ve been deprived. It sounds so bright and green! I’m so going to try this.
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    • Krayl Funch April 29, 2015 at 5:34 PM #

      LOL – no time like the present to make up for lost time Joy!

  5. Artney | My Pretty Brown April 29, 2015 at 3:11 PM #

    This looks and sounds delicious! There’s something refreshing about cilantro in my beverage.
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    • Krayl Funch April 29, 2015 at 5:34 PM #

      IN your beverage… on your plate. It is a super fresh herb!

  6. NADEEN WHITE April 29, 2015 at 2:28 PM #

    Love your pics! Makes the margarita looks so appetizing! I have never had one with cilantro but this recipe looks yummy!
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    • Krayl Funch April 29, 2015 at 5:33 PM #

      Nadeen – I am the same way actually but this one is so fresh, I love it!

  7. Michelle April 29, 2015 at 1:18 PM #

    Love, love, love the idea of adding cilantro! While it can de divisive, no doubt it adds a pop!
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  8. Heather @ divas run for bling April 29, 2015 at 1:13 PM #

    This looks so yummy. I have never thought about using cilantro in a drink before 🙂
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    • Krayl Funch April 29, 2015 at 5:32 PM #

      Yes Heather – I love to infuse herbs into lots of drinks!

  9. Mikki April 29, 2015 at 10:58 AM #

    I’m not a big drinker, but this looks delicious and refreshing!!

    • Krayl Funch April 29, 2015 at 5:32 PM #

      Its is actually a good sipping cocktail as well!

  10. aimee fauci April 29, 2015 at 10:26 AM #

    I never made margaritas at home. I think after reading this post I need to start!

    • Krayl Funch April 29, 2015 at 5:32 PM #

      Aimee – they are super fast and easy once you have the ingredients – FRESH lime is the key.

  11. Melanie April 29, 2015 at 10:17 AM #

    These look so delicious! My mom and I will do these for our next summer cookout! Once summer finally decides to come…

    • Krayl Funch April 29, 2015 at 5:31 PM #

      Melanie ~ They will be right at home at a summer cookout!

  12. Paris (My Big Fat Happy Life) April 29, 2015 at 9:29 AM #

    I would never have thought to make a cilantro margarita, but it sounds so yummy on a warm day!
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    • Krayl Funch April 29, 2015 at 5:31 PM #

      Warm. Cold. They are always good Paris!!

  13. Ali @ Home & Plate April 29, 2015 at 8:57 AM #

    I love all Margaritas and can’t wait to try this with the cilantro growing in my garden. Looks delicious.
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    • Krayl Funch April 29, 2015 at 5:30 PM #

      Then you are in luck! I love to grow all kinds of herbs but this one continues to elude me…

  14. Ali Williams April 29, 2015 at 8:40 AM #

    Thanks for the beautiful drink recipe. I’m going to add it to my Cinco party! tweeted and shared!
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  15. Soni April 28, 2015 at 11:54 AM #

    Oooh this looks so refreshing!I love cilantro and its right up my alley 🙂 Cannot wait to try!
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    • Krayl Funch April 29, 2015 at 5:28 PM #

      Soni – please let me know what you think!

  16. sarah April 28, 2015 at 6:45 AM #

    That’s such a cool spin on the herb!
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  17. Hezzi-D April 28, 2015 at 6:21 AM #

    I love that you added cilantro to your margarita! What a great idea!

    • Krayl Funch April 29, 2015 at 5:28 PM #

      Whenever I can find an opportunity to add cilantro I do!

  18. Shaina April 27, 2015 at 6:54 PM #

    I love margaritas. I love cilantro. I have NEVER had a margarita with cilantro in it! It makes so much sense, why isn’t this more of a thing?! I’m going to challenge the bartender wherever I am on Cinco de Mayo to make me “the tastiest” cilantro marg…although I bet it won’t compare to yours!
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    • Krayl Funch April 29, 2015 at 5:27 PM #

      LOL!! I bet it won’t either Shaina!!

  19. Run DMT April 27, 2015 at 9:10 AM #

    How simple and tasty! I love margaritas! <3
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    • Krayl Funch April 29, 2015 at 5:27 PM #

      Denise – then you will love this one! Super easy and tasty!

  20. Sue Lau April 26, 2015 at 9:33 PM #

    So interesting and different!

  21. Lauren @ Sew You Think You Can Cook April 26, 2015 at 6:39 PM #

    How beautiful and refreshing.
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    • Krayl Funch April 29, 2015 at 5:26 PM #

      Perfect to serve with all your Cinco de Mayo dishes!

  22. Valerie Cathell Clark April 26, 2015 at 1:46 PM #

    Cilantro + margarita = love it!!!!! I’m a huge fan of both and I would never have tried this until now! Looks wonderful!
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    • Krayl Funch April 29, 2015 at 5:26 PM #

      Valerie you have to and let me know what you think!

  23. Liz April 26, 2015 at 1:13 PM #

    What a terrific twist on my favorite cocktail! Your photos are fabulous!!

  24. Family Foodie April 26, 2015 at 11:16 AM #

    Great drink and awesome video!

  25. Wendy, A Day in the Life on the Farm April 26, 2015 at 11:16 AM #

    The perfect cross between a mojito and margarita using cilantro instead of mint. Genius
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  26. Dale April 26, 2015 at 9:46 AM #

    I KNOW this one is good ! 😉

  27. Gaila April 26, 2015 at 9:30 AM #

    this sound really refreshing!
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  28. Renee April 26, 2015 at 6:04 AM #

    Best way to sip on the wonderful flavor of cilantro!
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    • Krayl Funch April 26, 2015 at 9:32 AM #

      Renee – I love cilantro and am always in search of new recipes!

  29. cindykerschner April 26, 2015 at 5:42 AM #

    Beautiful photos, Krayl! Your drink sounds so refreshing!
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    • Krayl Funch April 26, 2015 at 9:31 AM #

      Cindy thank you! It’s a perfect sipping drink!

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