Do you love the freshness of margaritas but aren’t fond of tequila? We understand. Sometimes, you want something fresher tasting and lighter. Vodka margaritas are the solution. Here are twenty of our favorite margarita cocktails that you will love.
- 15 Vodka Margarita Recipes
- 1. Classic Vodka Margarita
- 2. Sparkling Vodka Margarita
- 3. Black Cherry Lime Margarita
- 4. Creamsicle Margarita
- 5. Jalapeno Margarita
- 6. Skinny Spicy Vodka Margarita
- 7. Chili Chile Margarita
- 8. L’Orange Tommys Margarita
- 9. Pink Lemonade Margarita
- 10. Orange Vodka Margarita
- 11. Blueberry Lime Vodka Margarita
- 12. Cotton Candy Margarita
- 13. Pineapple Margarita
- 14. Marshmallow Margarita
- 15. Strawberry Shortcake Margarita
- 5 Pitcher Vodka Margarita Recipes
- 3 Ready to Drink Vodka Margaritas
- Bottom Line
15 Vodka Margarita Recipes
1. Classic Vodka Margarita
If you’re in the market for a traditional margarita that switches out the tequila for vodka, this margarita by Aubreys Kitchen is it. This recipe also includes Rose’s Lime, Triple Sec. and freshly squeezed lime juice. We also like how they take the time to offer suggestions for substitutions if you don’t have one of those ingredients on hand. Like how if you don’t have triple sec on hand, you can use fresh orange juice or another orange liqueur for margaritas.
2. Sparkling Vodka Margarita
We love a good margarita, but sometimes we want something lighter without sacrificing all that great margarita flavor. This sparking margarita recipe is so light and delicious. For this vodka margarita recipe, you want to combine a good quality vodka, triple sec, fresh lime juice, and agave syrup (or simple syrup) in a cocktail shaker with some ice and give it a few shakes before your pour it into your favorite margarita glass.
This margarita skips the typical salted rim and replaces it with a rim of Tajin. Garnish with a lime and serve.
3. Black Cherry Lime Margarita
This sweet and refreshing cocktail doesn’t use vodka instead of tequila –it uses them both! This delicious recipe is infused with the summery flavors of cherry limeade. Tequila is combined with cherry-flavored vodka, fresh lime, black cherry-flavored sparking water, and frozen black cherries.
Shake the liquid ingredients, except for the sparkling water, in a cocktail shaker, then shake and strain into a glass with a salted rim. If you’re not into salt, a sugar rim will go wonderfully with this cocktail too!
4. Creamsicle Margarita
Orange creamsicles were a childhood favorite, and now we’re happy to enjoy them in the adult form of this Creamsicle Margarita. This margarita recipe does feature tequila, but its powerful punch is mellowed by the sweet, creamy taste of whipped cream vodka. Orange juice, triple sec, and lime round out the rest of the ingredients. Serve in a glass with a salt rim, and enjoy.
5. Jalapeno Margarita
Do you like a little spice with your sweet? If so, we highly recommend these Jalapeno Margaritas by The Cake Chica. You make these in a large batch about a day ahead of time, using either vodka or tequila. The reason you need to make them early is that you infuse the cocktail with fresh jalapenos for about twenty-four hours to create a nice, spicy kick. These are great for sharing with friends on taco night!
In the world of skinny margaritas, this recipe by Deep Eddy Vodka is as simple as it gets. You just need to muddle jalapenos in the bottom of a glass and fill it with ice. Next, add vodka and lime juice, then top with a splash of soda water. This one is garnished with a rim of Tajin and a nice thick lime slice.
7. Chili Chile Margarita
We’re on a bit of a spicy kick here with these margaritas, but we couldn’t resist adding this Chili Chile Margarita to the list. Chili Chile vodka is the star of the show in this drink, with the help of some lemon, lime, simple syrup, and Sriracha, to bring it all to life. A honey and chili salt rim, along with a lime wedge, add the finishing touches.
8. L’Orange Tommys Margarita
by Grey Goose
In the world of margaritas, the classic cocktail always features some type of orange component. This usually comes from an orange liqueur, such as triple sec, Cointreau, or Grand Marnier. This recipe works by adding in Grey Goose L’Orange instead of the orange liqueur.
You’ll also want to grab some great tequila, agave, and fresh lime juice. Garnish with your choice of an orange or lime wedge before serving, and enjoy.
9. Pink Lemonade Margarita
We love this Pink Lemonade margarita recipe, especially if we’re enjoying it on a hot summer day. This recipe uses one of our favorite tips and tricks for making cocktail creation easier, and that’s taking advantage of premade, flavorful ingredients when you can.
Store-bought pink lemonade makes this cocktail super simple and absolutely delicious. Of course, the pink lemonade vodka and tequila play a part in the tastiness of this drink too. Have some fresh strawberries on hand, along with a lemon or lime wedge to garnish the glass with before serving.
10. Orange Vodka Margarita
This is a traditional margarita that’s enhanced by the fresh citrus flavor of juicy oranges. Vodka replaces tequila, but then there’s the beautiful combination of Cointreau, lime juice, and orange juice. This is a simple but very flavorful vodka margarita recipe, and for an elegant touch, we like how they suggest using edible flowers for a garnish.
11. Blueberry Lime Vodka Margarita
If you have friends over to share some good food and great drinks, this frozen blueberry lime cocktail is a fun variation of the classic margarita. Blueberry vodka compliments tequila, along with some lime juice, agave, and frozen blueberries. This margarita recipe doesn’t call for it, but we found that just a couple of drops of vanilla extract mellowed and blended the flavors of this frozen cocktail beautifully.
12. Cotton Candy Margarita
There are drinks that taste like candy, and then there are drinks that are made from candy. This margarita with vodka uses real cotton candy, along with cake vodka, tequila, triple sec, and lime juice. Add the ingredients with some ice into a cocktail shaker and shake it well. The result will be a sweet, fun, and flavorful blue margarita that tastes like your favorite childhood treat.
13. Pineapple Margarita
by Foxy Folksy
If you have some frozen pineapple hanging out in your freezer, we highly recommend using it to create this refreshing frozen vodka margarita recipe. A little sugar and lime juice make this drink even sweeter and more flavorful. This would be fun to make using flavored vodkas, such as pineapple or another tropical flavor.
14. Marshmallow Margarita
You don’t have to say it. We already know. Marshmallow and margarita are two flavors you would never think to mix together, but somehow, in these cocktails, it works. Whipped cream vodka blends with tequila to create that marshmallow flavor. Then, lime juice, triple sec, and a salt rim add the margarita flair. Skip the s’mores and serve this drink around the campfire instead.
15. Strawberry Shortcake Margarita
This is a fun variation of a traditional margarita recipe. Strawberry shortcake vodka sets the stage. It all starts with the strawberry shortcake flavored vodka, and then some frozen limeade concentrate is added to contribute the classic lime flavor of a good margarita. Triple sec is included, but you could use Cointreau or Grand Marnier instead. Add some grenadine to give this cocktail a beautiful pink color, say cheers, and enjoy!
5 Pitcher Vodka Margarita Recipes
If you’re looking for a vodka margarita recipe that serves a small crowd, or at least an intimate group of friends, we’ve got you covered. We have to admit that it’s difficult to find recipes for pitchers of vodka margaritas. So, we got a little creative and found these great margarita pitcher recipes and added vodka to replace the tequila in them. We promise that they each taste amazing using your favorite vodka.
1. Best Vodka Margaritas
This is a great, basic vodka margarita recipe with triple sec, simple syrup, and lime juice. If you want to make more than just one of these yummy cocktails, just click on the servings multiplier, and it automatically calculates the ingredients for you.
2. Blueberry Pitcher Margaritas
This recipe for blueberry margaritas makes ten to fourteen servings, so it’s perfect for enjoying with a few friends. We took liberties and substituted vodka for the tequila but kept everything else the same, and it was divine. For a slushier version, use frozen blueberries and maybe a little fresh ice. Use table salt for the rim of each glass and garnish with a lime. Cheers!
3. Watermelon Margaritas
This recipe requires a bit of prep time, but watermelon margaritas are perfect for summer, so we’re not going to complain! We switched out the tequila for the vodka but kept the rest the same, and it couldn’t be any easier. You start by making the margarita mixture and then let fresh watermelon, strawberry, and basil infuse the liquid for about an hour. This is a wonderfully light and refreshing fruit-flavored margarita that will likely become a new favorite.
4. Fresh Strawberry Margaritas
This is a fun recipe that gives all sorts of variations and substitutions for you to play around with. We made our own substitution by using vodka and then followed the recipe for Pitcher Margaritas. This tastes best if you make your own strawberry syrup and opt for Grand Marnier instead of the usual triple sec.
5. Five Ingredient Passionfruit Margarita
If you want a juicy, flavorful margarita but don’t want to fuss with a long list of ingredients for your next cocktail party, this Five Ingredient Passionfruit Margarita. We used vodka instead of tequila and kept everything else the same. The passionfruit pulp is essential, and honey replaces the simple syrup for a richer, more decadent taste.
Mix all of the ingredients of this recipe in a pitcher and add ice. Put a little salt or sugar on a small plate, then rim each glass with fresh lime juice. Dip each glass in the salt or sugar and garnish the glasses with lime before setting it out for you and your friends to enjoy.
3 Ready to Drink Vodka Margaritas
Trust Me Vodka Cocktail Margarita
Skip the hassle of making margaritas yourself with this wonderful premade vodka margarita. The freshness of real lime and orange juices shines through. These margaritas are gluten-free and expertly crafted. You better buy two bottles, because these will disappear fast.
Skyy Vodka Margarita Lime Infusion
Skyy is one of the most popular vodka brands, so it’s no surprise that they’ve mastered the margarita in a bottle. This mix does contain tequila, agave, and lime, along with vodka. This is one that you can drink on its own over ice or enjoy with mixers.
Skinnygirl Watermelon Lime Margarita
We love Skinnygirl Cocktails because they allow us to enjoy our favorite cocktails without worrying about nutrition, calories, or macro-nutrients. This watermelon lime margarita mix is luscious, light, fruity, and perfect.
Can I substitute vodka for tequila in a margarita?
Absolutely! Vodka makes a great substitute for people who don’t care for tequila but want to enjoy a margarita. Vodka offers a lighter, crisper taste and creates a more refreshing margarita cocktail.
Is vodka or tequila better for margaritas?
Personal preference is the biggest player in determining whether vodka or tequila is better for margaritas. Tequila is the classic, but vodka is great, too, and really allows the citrus flavors to shine through.
Say cheers with a vodka margarita in your glass, and don’t forget to check back with Cocktails Cafe regularly for more great cocktails and entertaining ideas. We have cocktails for everyone and every occasion!