Red Lobster Margarita Recipe

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This copycat recipe brings you the wonderful flavors of the Red Lobster Margarita, all in the comfort of your own home!

Have you ever had perfection in a glass? If not, try this classic Red Lobster Margarita Recipe and see what you've been missing!

The zesty tang of citrus fruits blends perfectly with bitter tequila and the sweetness of agave. Oh, and don’t forget the iconic salted rim to bring all of those flavors together! 

While most cocktails get stuck into any old glass, margaritas have their own special glass - but why is that?

Margarita Photo

As with the margarita’s origins itself, there are a few different stories about the margarita glass origins too. One story is that a restaurant in Los Angeles ordered champagne glasses, but an odd batch were received instead; rather than sending them back, a bartender thought they could use those glasses for margaritas and charge a higher price as they were larger.

Another rather bizarre story is that its origin came from Marie Antoinette…and her left breast! Apparently, she wanted her lover to toast to her health by drinking from a glass that was the shape of her breast!

Margarita Picture

Regardless of its origin, the margarita glass has become iconic in the cocktail world, as it perfectly holds a large margarita, whether it be frozen or blended. A cocktail this heavenly deserves its own glass! 

Frozen or on the rocks?

The toughest decision when it comes to a margarita!

Luckily, this recipe works well for either option, so you can try both if you like!

This recipe serves as the basis for a classic margarita, but you can get as creative as you like too; have you ever considered a jalapeño margarita, for example?

Margarita Image

Spicy and delicious, this variation is perfect for those who like to walk on the wild side - but doesn’t include any wild directions, luckily!

Simply follow the main recipe below, but add thinly sliced rounds of jalapeño to the shaker - the more spice you like, the more rounds you should add!

Margarita Sangria Pic

Switch the sugar for syrup

While many recipes (including this one) call for granulated sugar, we find it creates a bitty texture that isn’t always that pleasant. Instead, we suggest simple syrup. It takes just a few minutes to whip up, but really makes a difference! 

  1. In a saucepan, add 1 cup of sugar to 1 cup of water and stir well over medium heat.
  2. Stir until the sugar has dissolved. Allow the mixture to come to a boil and thicken into a syrup.
  3. Allow to cool before using in the margarita.

The syrup will keep for up to a month if stored sealed in a refrigerator.

Okay, back to the main recipe...


Red Lobster Margarita Recipe

    8 Servings


  • 1/2 cup Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 1/2 cup Fresh Lime Juice
  • 1 tablespoon Fresh Orange Juice
  • 1 cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups Tequila
  • 6 ounces Triple Sec
  • Ice Cubes
  • 3 3/4 cups Water


  1. Grab your margarita glasses and run a lime wedge around the rim; dip the glass into a small plate of salt, and tap gently to remove any excess salt. 
  2. In a large pitcher combine all of the ingredients except for ice. 
  3. Add a handful of ice to a cocktail shaker, and pour some of the mixture from the pitcher into it.
  4. Shake vigorously and strain into the salt-rimmed cocktail glasses. 
  5. Garnish with a lime wedge.
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Author: The Editors at Food Fanatic
Recipe Yields: 8 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 1 minutes
Total Time: 6 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 serving
Servings Per Recipe 8

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 0
Calories 255

% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g
  Saturated Fat 0g
Sodium 0mg
Total Carbohydrate 32g
  Dietary Fiber 0g
  Sugars 30g
Protein 0g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.
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