Kiwi Margarita Cocktail Recipe

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Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

Last Updated: January 7, 2024


The Kiwi Margarita is a fruity twist on the classic Margarita, which originated in Mexico in the 1930s. This refreshing cocktail is perfect for those who love the combination of sweet and sour flavors, and it's especially popular during the summer months. The addition of kiwi gives this drink a unique, tropical flair that will transport you to a sunny beach with every sip.

  • The Margarita is said to have been created by a bartender named Carlos Herrera in Tijuana, Mexico
  • The Kiwi Margarita is a modern adaptation that adds a fruity twist to the traditional recipe
  • This cocktail is perfect for those who enjoy sweet and sour flavors, as well as fans of tropical drinks

How Kiwi Margarita Tastes?

The Kiwi Margarita is a harmonious blend of sweet, sour, and slightly tangy flavors. The sweetness of the kiwi is balanced by the tartness of the lime, while the tequila adds a subtle kick. The overall taste is refreshing, fruity, and perfect for warm weather.

Interesting facts about Kiwi Margarita

  • Kiwis are native to China, but are now grown in many parts of the world, including New Zealand, Italy, and California
  • The Margarita is one of the most popular cocktails in the United States
  • Kiwi Margaritas are often served with a salted rim, which enhances the sweet and sour flavors of the drink



It's the spirit backbone of any margarita, giving it that characteristic kick. 2oz is just the right amount to let you know it's there without knocking you off your stool. Less, and you might think you're drinking a kiwi smoothie; more, and you risk overshadowing the kiwi's delicate flavor.

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Triple Sec

This 1-ounce citrus liqueur adds sweetness and depth. Without it, you might notice the margarita tasting a bit flat. Triple Sec also helps to blend the flavors together for that smooth sip.

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Fresh Lime Juice

Nothing beats fresh! At 1oz, it brings zesty brightness, balancing the sweetness and tying the whole drink together. If lime juice was a person, it'd be the life of the party!

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The star of our show, this fluffy brown fruit with vibrant green interior, is what makes our margarita stand out from the crowd. Chop one up and toss it in to give that fresh, tangy, sweet twist that'll make your taste buds do the hula.

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Fine Sugar

Just a 1tsp to sweeten the deal. It smoothens out any tart edges from the lime and kiwi. Miss it out, and you might find your face puckering more than intended. Too much, and you'll be in a sugar rush quicker than you can say 'Kiwi Margarita!'

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1cup to chill and dilute the drink to perfection. Ice is the unsung hero—it cools but also melds the flavors as it gently melts into the mix. No ice? Expect a warm, concentrated cocktail that will leave you longing for a breeze.

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For rimming and for the classic margarita contrast—the icy tang of the drink gets a savory kick from the salt. A naked rim is like a beach without the ocean—just not right.

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A slice of kiwi and a wheel of lime not only make your glass look dashing but they're also a nod to the flavors within. Go without, and your margarita will still taste great, but it'll be like wearing a suit without a tie.

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Recipe. How to make Kiwi Margarita Drink

  1. Prepare the glass: Wet the rim of a margarita glass with a lime wedge and dip it into salt to create a salted rim
  2. Blend the ingredients: In a blender, combine the tequila, triple sec, lime juice, peeled and chopped kiwi, sugar, and ice. Blend until smooth
  3. Pour and garnish: Pour the mixture into the prepared glass and garnish with a kiwi slice and lime wheel on the rim

Pro Tips

  • Use a high-quality tequila for the best flavor
  • For a more intense kiwi flavor, muddle a few kiwi slices in the bottom of the glass before pouring the blended mixture
  • If you prefer a frozen margarita, add more ice to the blender for a thicker consistency

Perfect Pairings


  • Ceviche: The citrus notes of the margarita complement the lime juice marinated fish.
  • Guacamole and Chips: The saltiness of the chips and the creaminess of the guacamole pair beautifully with the tartness of the cocktail.

Main Courses

  • Fish Tacos: The bright and fresh flavors of the tacos meld well with this fruity cocktail.
  • Grilled Chicken: A nice char on the chicken goes great with the sweet and tangy profile of the Kiwi Margarita.


  • Lemon Sorbet: A light and refreshing dessert to cleanse the palate after the sharp flavors of the margarita.
  • Mango Sticky Rice: The sweetness of the mango and the subtlety of the rice balance the zesty margarita.

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What you could change in Kiwi Margarita

  • Triple Sec: You can substitute Cointreau or Grand Marnier for a slightly different flavor profile
  • Fresh Lime Juice: If you don't have fresh limes, you can use bottled lime juice, but the taste may be less vibrant

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Spicy Kiwi Margarita

Ingredients: Add 1/2 teaspoon of chili powder to the blender. Recipe: Follow the original recipe, blending in the chili powder with the other ingredients. Description: The chili powder adds a warm kick that contrasts with the cool kiwi and creates an intriguing balance of heat and sweet.

Kiwi Strawberry Margarita

Ingredients: Replace one kiwi with 1/2 cup of fresh strawberries. Recipe: Follow the original recipe, substituting strawberries for one of the kiwis. Description: The strawberries provide a berry sweetness that complements the kiwi and makes for a delightfully fruity twist that's hard to resist.

Frozen Kiwi Margarita Pops

Ingredients: Exclude the tequila and triple sec and add a splash of kiwi syrup. Recipe: Blend the non-alcoholic ingredients, pour into popsicle molds, and freeze. Description: Perfect for a summer treat, these pops are non-alcoholic, so everyone can enjoy a taste of kiwi margarita on a stick!

In case you forgot basics how to make Kiwi Margarita

Garnishing a bar drink depends on the type of garnish and the cocktail. Generally, it involves preparing the garnish (like cutting a citrus wheel or picking a sprig of mint), and then adding it to the drink in a visually appealing way (like perching it on the rim or floating it on top).

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Frequently Asked Questions on Kiwi Margarita

What is the origin of Margaritas?

While the exact origin of the Margarita is disputed, one popular theory credits Carlos 'Danny' Herrera with the invention. He reportedly created the drink for a customer who was allergic to all hard alcohol other than tequila, but couldn’t bear to drink it straight. Herrera combined the elements of a traditional tequila shot—a lick of salt and a wedge of lime—and turned them into a refreshing drink.

What can I use as a substitute for Triple Sec in a pinch?

In case you run out of Triple Sec, you could use orange curaçao or orange marmalade to keep the citrus note in the cocktail. However it may change the flavour profile slightly.

What are some variations of the Margarita?

There are various ways to spice up a Margarita, some of them borne out of necessity and others from the desire to innovate. Among the many iterations are the Strawberry Margarita, Mango Margarita, Jalapeno Margarita and the Beer Margarita.

What type of Tequila is best for making Margaritas?

It is best to use a 100% agave tequila to make a Margarita. You can choose either Blanco or Reposado. Blanco is unaged, giving it a smoother, more direct agave flavor. Reposado has been aged in oak barrels for 2 months to 1 year, giving it a mellow oak character along with the agave flavor.

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