This 5 ingredient cucumber margarita recipe is made with fresh cucumber, tequila, lime juice, triple sec and agave. Add jalapeño to make them spicy!
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Cucumber Margarita Recipe
The cooling, fresh taste of cucumber combined with fresh lime juice and agave makes a dream match up for a refreshing margarita. The sweetness from the agave balances well with the acid from the lime juice. There's just the right amount of tequila and orange liquor!
The key to a delicious cucumber margarita is fresh cucumber juice.
Key Ingredients You Need + Why
You only need a few simple ingredients to make a cucumber margarita and if you've made our mango margaritas or blood orange margaritas, you likely have most of them on hand.
- Cucumbers: as the name states, cucumbers are essential for this recipe. We used traditional cucumbers because we'll be making and straining a juice, so the type of skin doesn't matter.
- Silver Tequila: this is a clear tequila that most people are familiar with. It will say it right on the bottle. It's an essential ingredient for margaritas!
- Triple Sec: this is an orange liquor that balances out the tequila and adds more citrus flavor to the drink.
- Fresh lime juice: it's really worth it to buy fresh limes and squeeze them yourself. With only 5 ingredients in this recipe, using quality ones is important and fresh lime juice makes all the difference.
- Agave: without this, the recipe would be lacking in balance. It adds sweetness along with the citrus. I like to use agave because it's easiest and goes well with margs, but you could make a quick simple syrup by dissolving granulated sugar with water over the stove.
I also love to muddle a little fresh mint leaves and jalapeno into my glass for an even more refreshing, and spicy cocktail.
How to Make Cucumber Margaritas (step by step)
- Make the cucumbers: Add a few roughly chopped cucumbers to a large blender and puree for about 45-60 seconds, until smooth and completely blended. You shouldn't need any extra water because there's enough water in the cucumbers themselves.
- Strain the cucumber juice: Pour the blended cucumber juice through a fine mesh strainer and into a bowl or measuring cup to separate the pulp from the juice. Use a spoon to stir the pulp mixture around in the strainer to make sure you get as much juice as possible.
- Mix the cucumber margarita: Add the cucumber juice, tequila, triple sec, lime juice and agave to a pitcher then stir to combine. Taste test and add more sweetener if desired. You could halve the recipe and add the ingredients to a cocktail shaker and shake well with ice to make a single serving.
- Prep the glass: Pour some kosher salt into a small plate or shallow bowl, then run a lime wedge around the rim. Dip each serving glass in the salt. You can skip this step if you don't like salt, or you can get fancy and add chili powder or sugar to switch it up.
- Make it spicy (optional): muddle a few slices of fresh jalapeño in the bottom of each glass with a muddler or the back of a spoon to release some of the juices. I also like to add a few fresh mint leaves because they go so well with cucumber.
- Serve: Fill each glass with ice and pour the prepared cucumber margaritas on top. We love to garnish ours with cucumber slices and fresh mint.
How to Make a Spicy Cucumber Margarita
One ingredients, plain and simple: jalapeño. Everyone LOVES a spicy marg and they will love a cucumber jalapeño margarita, even more. Muddle a few slices of jalapeño in each glass before you serve so the juices infuse into the drink. Leave the seeds in to give them a real kick. And finally, garnish them with a jalapeño slice so they know which ones are spicy.
Easy Tips to Prep and Serve
- Skip peeling the cucumber, because we will be straining them anyway. And the peels give the juice a deeper green color.
- Don't pass up on a quality silver tequila. Do yourself a favor and grab 100% blue agave tequila.
- Prep the margs in advance a few ways: make the cucumber juice a day or so in advance or prep the entire margarita earlier in the day before guests come.
- Grab a jalapeño and ask your guests if they want it. They will feel extra special, like you customized the drink just for them! Also, who doesn't love a spicy marg?
- Salt or sweet rim? Ask if your friends have a preference and give them an option to leave it plain.
- Don't forget to garnish. A few slices of cucumber and sprigs of mint go along way with presentation. After all, we eat with our eyes!
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Fresh Cucumber Margarita Recipe
- 2 large cucumbers roughly sliced
- 6 ounces (3/4 cup) silver tequila
- 4 ounces (1/2 cup) triple sec
- 1/2 cup fresh lime juice (juice from about 3 limes)
- 1/4 cup agave or simple syrup
- Kosher salt for the salt rim optional
- Garnishes: jalapeño, fresh mint leaves, cucumber slices and lime wedges
- Blender or Food Processor
- Pitcher and Glasses
- Fine Strainer or Nut Milk Bag
- Add the sliced cucumbers to a large blender or food processor and puree for about 60-90 seconds, until smooth and completely blended. Pour the blended cucumber juice through a fine mesh strainer, or a nut milk bag, into a bowl or measuring cup to separate the pulp from the juice. Use a spoon to stir the pulp mixture around in the strainer to make sure you get as much juice as possible. You should end up with about 2 1/2 cups of fresh cucumber juice.
- Add the cucumber juice, tequila, triple sec and lime juice and agave to a large pitcher and stir well with a large spoon until combined. Taste test and add any more sweetener or fresh juice as needed.
- When you're ready to serve, pour kosher salt onto a small plate or shallow bowl and run a lime wedge around the rim of each glass, then dip them in salt.
- To make them spicy, add 1 or 2 jalapeño slices into each glass and use a muddler or the back of a spoon gently press down onto the jalapeno slices to release the juices. You could also muddle a few mint leaves with the jalapeño for extra fresh flavor.
- Fill each glass with ice then pour the cucumber margaritas on top. Garnish with more jalapeño, mint, cucumber slices or lime wedges.