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Finished rum margaritas with lime slice garnish.

Rum Margarita

  • Author: Lexi
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 2 cocktails 1x
  • Diet: Vegetarian


We swapped out tequila for rum in this easy 5-ingredient Rum Margarita. It's just as delicious as the original, with a refreshing citrus-forward flavor that pairs well with the tropical flair of rum!


Units Scale
  • 3 fl oz añejo rum
  • 1 fl oz orange liqueur (Cointreau, Grand Marnier, Triple Sec)
  • 1 1/2 fl oz freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 1/2 fl oz simple syrup or agave syrup
  • 1/2 fl oz ounce orange juice
  • Salt and lime zest (optional) for rim


  1. Cut a slit into a wedge of lime, then run the lime around the rim of two cocktail glasses. Dip each cocktail glass into a shallow plate filled with salt (and optional lime zest for extra flavor).

  2. Pour the orange liqueur, rum, simple syrup, lime and orange juice into a cocktail shaker half-filled with ice.

  3. Shake well to combine.

  4. Strain into your salt-rimmed cocktail glasses with crushed ice, and enjoy!


Simple syrup: You can quickly make your own by combining equal parts white sugar and water, and cooking over medium heat until the sugar is completely dissolved. However, agave is actually more traditional, and you can grab a bottle at pretty much any store!

Make it for a crowd: Multiply the quantities in the recipe card by 8. This will yield about 60 fl oz of margarita, which should fit into a pitcher. Add everything to the pitcher (except the ice), and stir to combine. You can place the pitcher in the refrigerator until your guests arrive. When you're ready to serve, stir well, then pour into individual salt-rimmed and ice-filled glasses.

Rum: You can also use regular white rum or aged rum in this cocktail.

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Category: Cocktails
  • Method: Shaker
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 199
  • Sugar: 17.8 g
  • Sodium: 1164.4 mg
  • Fat: 0.1 g
  • Carbohydrates: 19.5 g
  • Fiber: 0.1 g
  • Protein: 0.2 g

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