Orange You Glad I Didn’t Say Tequila?

'Vodka' Margarita

“Orange You Glad I Didn’t Say Tequila?” … the Vodka Lover’s Margarita!

Jennifer Whitehair, Content Director at, has invited me, along with other folks from the on-line food community to a digital mix off.

As a result of my Toasted Marshmallow Martini, I’ve been asked to share a homemade specialty beverage as part of the well-known food festival in Las Vegas called Vegas Uncork’d… perhaps you’ve heard of it.

Inspired by the “Mix Master” event at the Aria Resort & Casino where Master bartender and mixologist Craig Schoettler will be sharing his signature cocktails, food bloggers will share their signature recipes through social media using the hashtag #MixItUp2014.


'Vodka' Margarita

'Vodka' Margarita


A little back story on my drink…

This recipe was born out of  a little frustration and a lot of determination. With Monday being Cinco De Mayo, and Dom and Chels making all sorts of fun plans for the delicious Margaritas they’d be drinking, I knew the only way I’d be part of this good time was to come up with a drink that suited me as well. Since I don’t like tequila, it was time to get creative. I used the idea of a Margarita but replaced the tequila with vodka, then added some delicious citrus notes. And “Orange You Glad I Didn’t Say Tequila” was born.


'Vodka' Margarita

'Vodka' Margarita


If you’re anything like I am, and feel a little left out on Cinco De Mayo ;) … do what I did… make the swap…

Lime and vodka can be beautiful friends. Give it a shot…

You’ll be glad you did!


'Vodka' Margarita


Orange You Glad I Didn’t Say Tequila?
Recipe type: Drinks

  • Ice Cubes
  • 3 ounces vodka
  • 2 ounces freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1 ounce Simple Syrup
  • 1 Tbsp. orange liqueur
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • lime-salt-sugar mixture
  • Slice of lime
  • Slice of orange

  1. Prepare Simple Syrup: Combine 1 cup sugar with 1 cup water in a small pan over medium heat. Stir until sugar melts. Remove from heat, let cool.
  2. Prepare lime-salt-sugar: Combine the zest of one lime, 2 Tbsp. kosher salt and 2 Tbsp. sugar.
  3. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
  4. Add vodka, orange juice, Simple Syrup and orange liqueur.
  5. Cover and shake until mixed and chilled, about 30 seconds.
  6. Place lime-salt-sugar on a plate.
  7. Press rim of a martini glass in mixture to rim the edge.
  8. Strain cocktail into the glass.
  9. Garnish with sliced lime and orange.




'Vodka' Margarita




  1. Yummmm! I’ll be giving this cocktail a go for sure!

Speak Your Mind


Rate this recipe: