3 Essential Lime Cocktail Recipes Everyone Should Know How To Make

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Summer is here!

That means chilled cocktails to share with friends and cheap limes to use with those cocktails. I believe there are three essential, common lime cocktails that one should know and their recipes are below!  

Margarita

1.5 oz tequila

1 oz triple sec (or Cointreau, But I prefer triple sec because it’s usually cheaper)

1-2oz lime juice (adjust based on how lime-y you’d like your cocktail to taste)

1-2oz simple syrup  (adjust based on how sweet you’d like your drink)

1 lime wedge for garnish

Ice

Simple instructions (for the lazy folks like myself):

  1. Pour all the ingredients into a low ball cup
  2. Stir
  3. Add ice and garnish with lime

If you want to get fancy and impress your friends:

  1. Put the tequila, triple sec, lime juice, and simple syrup into a cocktail shaker with about a handful of ice
  2. Shake the cocktail shaker until the outside of the shaker feels chilled
  3. Strain the cocktail into a lowball glass
  4. Add ice and lime garnish

If you’re not a lime person, there are many other flavors of margaritas you can use.

There’s mango, pineapple, and strawberry to name a few. But I really love frozen margaritas, which is essentially a margarita as a slushy.

You do this by adding more ice to your margarita and putting it in a blender. If you don’t have the fruit juice you want to make your frozen margarita, you can use frozen fruit.

Daiquiri

2 oz light rum

1 oz lime juice

1 oz simple syrup

Ice

Instructions

  1. Take all the ingredients and place them into a cocktail shaker with a handful of ice
  2. Shake the cocktail shake until the outside of the shaker feels chilled
  3. Optional: I like to let everything sit in the cocktail shaker for like 10 more seconds because I like my daiquiri extra chilled
  4. Strain into a martini glass

This cocktail may have the least amount of ingredients, but it still requires a good understanding of flavors and taste to master.

In fact, it’s often one of the drinks that bartenders are required to master before getting the job.

Similar to the margarita, you can make it frozen into a slushy. Also, it’s very easy to make it in big batches in a pitcher in case you ever need to entertain a large amount of people. 

Mojito

~10 leaves of Mint (about the amount of leaves that come from one mint stalk)

2 oz white rum

1 oz lime juice

1 oz simple syrup

Club soda

1 lime wedge for garnish

Ice

Instructions

  1. Muddle the mint in a cocktail shaker. (if you don’t have a muddle, use a spatula or back of a spoon)
  2. Add the lime juice, simple syrup, and rum into the shaker with a handful of ice
  3. Shake the cocktail shaker until the outside of the shaker feels chilled
  4. Pour into a highball glass and top with club soda and ice

 I’ve had some awful mojitos in my life. Not gonna lie though, some of them were made by me (LOL). I find this is the hardest cocktail to make on this list.

I constantly adjust the cocktail when I make it. If it’s not sour enough, I’ll add more lime. Not sweet enough, I’ll add more simple syrup. Partially it’s my fault because I think I can eyeball the quantity of all my ingredients. But also the taste of ingredients can vary from different sources. For example, the mint from my garden is a lot stronger than the mint I’ve bought from the grocery store.

Victor Lau
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