Pistachio Margarita Cocktail Recipe

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Alcohol content:22%

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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 Pistachio Margarita is a delightful twist on the classic Margarita. It's a relatively new addition to the cocktail scene, but it's quickly gaining popularity among those who appreciate a nutty nuance in their drinks. The exact origin is a bit hazy, but it's believed to have been created by an innovative bartender looking to add a unique touch to the traditional Margarita.

  • Innovation in Mixology
    • The Pistachio Margarita is a product of the modern craft cocktail movement.
  • A Nutty Twist
    • It caters to those who enjoy experimenting with different flavors.
  • Growing Popularity
    • It's becoming a favorite in upscale bars and among home mixologists.

How Pistachio Margarita Tastes?

The Pistachio Margarita offers a creamy, nutty flavor profile with a hint of sweetness and the characteristic tang of a traditional Margarita. The pistachio's earthy tones are beautifully balanced with the bright acidity of lime, while the tequila provides a warm, smooth base.

Interesting facts about Pistachio Margarita

  • Versatility: The Pistachio Margarita can be enjoyed on the rocks or blended for a frozen treat.
  • Nut Allergies: As it contains nuts, it's not suitable for those with nut allergies.
  • Colorful Presentation: The green hue from the pistachio syrup adds a vibrant touch to the presentation.


Silver Tequila

Why 2 oz? Just the right kick! Tequila provides the signature base for our margarita. Too little, and you'll ask where the party is, too much, and you might miss the party entirely! Silver or 'Blanco' tequila is clean, with a crisp agave presence, perfect for a refreshing cocktail.

Alex Green

Lime Juice

Why 1 oz? Citrus is the soul of any margarita. It balances the sweetness and gives that tart, mouthwatering zing. Skimp on this, and your margarita may fall flat, overdo it, and you'll be puckering more than kissing.

Mary Mitkina

Pistachio Syrup

Why 0.75 oz? This is our wildcard ingredient – just enough to infuse nutty notes into our drink without converting it to a pistachio punch. If it's too scant, the flavor gets shy, and if it's too much, it overshadows our tequila's charm.

Emma Rose

Orange Liqueur

Why 0.5 oz? It gives complexity and a whisper of citrusy perfume without stealing the spotlight. Plus, it brings a little sweetness to play nice with the sour of lime.

Alex Green


Why 'As needed'? It's about control! Ice chills our concoction and adds a slight dilution, which is crucial to mellow the flavors giving us that 'just right' taste.

Mary Mitkina

Salted Pistachios (crushed, for rim)

Why 1 tbsp? It's all about the entrance: first contact, first impression. Adds an elegant touch and a crunchy prelude to the sippable symphony inside the glass.

Emma Rose

Lime Wheel

Garnish Galore! No cocktail is complete without a fancy hat or a striking accessory. This little lime wheel is a visual treat and a flavorful encore waiting at the end of every sip.

Alex Green

Recipe. How to make Pistachio Margarita Drink

  1. Rim the edge of the glass with lime juice and dip into crushed pistachios.
  2. In a shaker, combine tequila, lime juice, pistachio syrup, and orange liqueur with ice.
  3. Shake well until chilled.
  4. Strain into the prepared glass filled with ice.
  5. Garnish with a lime wheel.

Pro Tips

  • Chill the Glass: For an extra refreshing experience, chill the glass before rimming and serving.
  • Fresh Ingredients: Always use fresh lime juice for the best flavor.
  • Quality Tequila: The quality of tequila can make or break this drink, so choose a good one.

Perfect Pairings

Perfect Pairings for the Pistachio Margarita


  • Grilled Shrimp Skewers - The citrus notes in the Pistachio Margarita will complement the smoky flavor of grilled shrimp.
  • Chicken Taquitos - These crispy delights work well with the slight nuttiness of pistachio and the freshness of lime in the margarita.

Main Courses:

  • Fish Tacos - The acidity of the lime juice in the margarita cuts through the richness of the fish.
  • Carnitas - The succulent pork harmonizes with the cocktail's crispness and nutty undertones.


  • Lemon Sorbet - A tangy, sweet dessert that dances well with the tart and sweet profile of a Pistachio Margarita.
  • Key Lime Pie - This pie's creamy texture and lime flavor make it a heavenly match.

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What you could change in Pistachio Margarita

  • Tequila: If silver tequila is unavailable, any high-quality blanco tequila can be used.
  • Pistachio Syrup: Homemade pistachio syrup can be substituted with a commercial brand, though the flavor may vary.
  • Orange Liqueur: Cointreau or Triple Sec are good alternatives for orange liqueur.

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Pistachio Coconut Margarita


  • Replace pistachio syrup with coconut syrup

Recipe: Basically the same, just sway the syrup. The tropical coconut will make you feel you're sipping this on a breezy beach.

Flavor: Expect a nutty, yet tropical twist. The coconut brings sweetness and a creamy texture that complements the tang of lime and tequila.

Spicy Pistachio Margarita


  • Add a few slices of jalapeño to the shaker

Recipe: Proceed as usual, but include the jalapeño slices in the shaking. Beware, this will kick things up a notch!

Flavor: A fiery surprise among the nutty and citrus notes. The heat will warm your palate while the sweetness cools it down.

Chocolate Pistachio Margarita


  • Add chocolate bitters

Recipe: Introduce a few dashes of chocolate bitters along with the other ingredients in the shaker.

Flavor: Imagine this as a dessert in a glass, a divine dance between sweet and savory with each sip.

In case you forgot basics how to make Pistachio Margarita

Add your ingredients to the shaker first, then ice. Fill it up to ¾ of its capacity to ensure enough space for shaking. Hold the shaker with both hands (one on the top and one on the bottom) and shake vigorously. The shake should come from your shoulders, not your wrists.

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Place your chosen strainer on top of the shaker or mixing glass, ensuring a secure fit. Pour the cocktail into a glass through the strainer, which will catch solid ingredients and ice. If double straining, hold the fine mesh strainer between the shaker and the glass.

Learn everything on how to strain

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 Pistachio Margarita

What glassware is recommended for serving a Pistachio Margarita?

A classic cocktail or margarita glass is recommended for serving a Pistachio Margarita to enhance the visual appeal and drinking experience.

Can I make a non-alcoholic version of the Pistachio Margarita?

Yes, you can create a mocktail version by replacing the tequila and orange liqueur with non-alcoholic alternatives or by increasing the amount of lime juice and pistachio syrup to taste.

How do I crush pistachios finely for the rim garnish?

You can crush pistachios using a rolling pin or a food processor, then sift them to get a fine texture suitable for rimming the glass.

Is there a particular time of year when the Pistachio Margarita is especially popular?

While it can be enjoyed year-round, the Pistachio Margarita is particularly popular during spring and summer for its refreshing qualities.

Can the Pistachio Margarita be batched for larger gatherings?

Yes, you can batch the cocktail by multiplying the recipe ingredients by the number of servings required, but add ice and garnishes just before serving.

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