Photograph of a margarita set on a white marble table garnished with a lime wedge and lemongrass.

Thai Lemongrass Margarita

  • Author: Lauren Grant of Zestful Kitchen
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 2 margaritas 1x
  • Category: Cocktails / Drinks
  • Method: Shaker
  • Cuisine: Thai


Lightly sweetened, this flavorful margarita is a Thai-inspired take on the classic tequila cocktail. Flavored with fresh ginger, lemongrass and cilantro (or Thai basil), this marg is easy to make and fun to serve!



For the rim:

2 tablespoon kosher salt

1½ teaspoon curry powder

Lime wedges

For the margarita:

½ ounce agave nectar

2 tablespoons chopped ginger

2 tablespoons chopped lemongrass

1 sprig cilantro or Thai basil (regular sweet basil also works)

3 ounces lime juice

3 ounces tequila blanco

½ ounce orange liqueur


For the rim:

Combine salt and curry powder in a shallow dish. Cut a small slice horizontally through flesh of lime wedge then run around rim of a rocks glass; lightly dip rim in salt mixture then fill with ice.

For the margarita:

Muddle agave, ginger, lemongrass and cilantro in a shaker until thoroughly smashed, about 1 minute.

Fill shaker halfway with ice, add lime juice, tequila, and liqueur secure lid and shake vigorously until thoroughly chilled.

Strain margarita into prepared glasses, top with a splash of club soda and garnish with lime wedges, lemongrass and cilantro or Thai basil (optional).


Sweeten to your preference

  • If you like sweeter cocktails, increase the agave to 1 ounce or add an additional ½ ounce of orange liqueur.

Equipment you’ll need:

  • Shaker


  • Serving Size: 1 margarita
  • Calories: 124
  • Sugar: 5g
  • Sodium: 340mg
  • Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 6g
  • Fiber: 0g
  • Protein: 0g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg

Keywords: Thai Drinks, Naturally sweetened cocktail