raspberry lemon margaritas

This week needed booze. Not wine, I’m talking the hard stuff – tequila. Not a huge fan of fluffy, sweet cocktails, I am however a big fan of tequila & made-from-scratch margaritas. Enter these raspberry lemon margaritas, made with elderflower liqueur. Perfect!


First you’re going to want to make some sort of garnish…or not. I don’t usually like garnishes in my drinks, it slows down the drinking process. But these look pretty & they’re simple to make. 

lemon salt rim

“Do you want the rim salted” I get asked when I order a margarita out. “Of course!”. It’s all part of the margarita experience – sitting, chatting to your dinner partner with salt stuck on your lips & you’re none the wiser. For this version, I mixed coarse sea salt & finely grated lemon rind together for a salty, citrusy rim. 


Margaritas are traditionally – tequila, an orange liqueur & lime juice. They apparently originated in Baja California, Mexico…same place my beautiful hairless baby girl, Mango came from. I read that in a magazine while I was in Mexico getting her. Mango is a full size xoloiquintli – the dog of Mexico & the oldest breed of dog in the world. In fact, they have their own group at dog shows – primitive group, they’re the only breed in it. My baby was sick last weekend & for a moment I thought “this is it”. It was a very emotional, draining time that’s been ongoing for months, has cost thousands of dollars with no resolution. Then at 1 AM or so last Fri/Sat, it reached a critical point. I’m grateful to the cute, young vet who helped her & listened to me. She’s improving but probably won’t be 100%. I’m hoping she’s just allergic to Florida for her problems didn’t arise until we moved here. Maybe it’s time to leave. 

mixed margs

Before I got off on a tangent about Mango, I was going to mention instead of an orange liqueur in these margaritas, I used elderflower liqueur. I’d never tried it until a few weeks back when I was working on a shoot & had to make a cocktail using it. I tasted it & wondered how I’d gone all these years without it in my life. It tastes like passionfruit & orange blossom combo. Lovely.


When life is crazy I enjoy early evenings when I can sit with my hubby & chat about the day & all that’s happening. It keeps me sane. Usually we talk with cocktails or wine in hand. Whatever the occasion, pour yourself a nice drinky-poo, take five & remember to breathe. Have yourself a fabulous weekend xo. 

Raspberry Lemon Margaritas
Serves 4
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
20 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
20 min
  1. 2 cups frozen (or fresh) raspberries
  2. 1/2 cup water
  3. 1/3 cup agave nectar
  4. 1/2 cup lemon juice
  5. 3/4 cup tequila
  6. 1/2 cup elderflower liqueur
  7. 3 tablespoons coarse sea salt
  8. 2 teaspoons finely grated lemon zest
  9. lemon wedge
  10. Ice
  11. Fresh raspberries on skewers for garnish
  1. Cook raspberries, water & agave in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes until raspberries are broken down & mixture is thickened slightly. Strain mixture into a container; cover. Chill for 2 hours or until cool.
  2. Combine tequila & liqueur in large jug.
  3. Combine salt & zest on a small flat plate. Run lemon wedge around rim of each glass. Place glass rims into salt mixture.
  4. Fill glasses with ice. Add margarita. Makes about 3 cups.
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