Looking for the best rum margarita without tequila? You will love this classic margarita made with rum! I also included easy tips to make a coconut rum margarita or pineapple margarita.
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If you want to make a margarita with rum instead of tequila, you have come to the right place! Not everyone is a fan of tequila but still love a classic margarita. The good news is that a margarita is a super versatile cocktail and can be made with rum, gin or vodka (check out my awesome Vodka Margarita).
Don’t forget that your Cinco De Mayo party is not complete without a delicious Mexican Fruit Cup and some Easy Cheese Enchiladas.
Why this recipe works
- This is arguably one of the best rum cocktails and your non-tequila drinking friends and family will love it! You also need to try this amazing Tres Leches Cocktail made with rum.
- You can make with the same ingredients that you use to make a classic margarita recipe.
- This rum margarita can easily be transformed into a coconut margarita or pineapple margarita!
- Don’t forget a side of Easy Home Made Salsa and Healthy Tortilla Chips to go with your Cinco De Mayo party!
Best rum for this margarita
Picking the best rum for your margarita can be tricky because there are so many rum options. I love this margarita with Bacardi Silver Rum or Captain Morgan Spiced Rum if you are looking for a bit more spice.
Can you make margaritas with rum?
Absolutely! It is a common misconception that margaritas can only be made with tequila. A margarita is excellent with many different alcohol varieties. The important parts of a classic margarita are a delicious lime and orange flavor that are introduced through lime juice and triple sec.
What Triple Sec and Lime Juice do you recommend?
Rose’s Lime Juice is my go-to favorite for margaritas. It is also excellent in many other cocktails that need a lime flavor. As far as triple sec, Hiram Walker and DeKuyper Triple Sec are both good brands that are easily found in the liquor section of most grocery stores.
Can this recipe be modified to make a Coconut Rum Margarita or Pineapple Rum Margarita?
Yes! To make a coconut rum margarita: Use 1 oz Malibu Coconut Rum and 2 oz Regular Rum. Malibu Rum is sweeter so you may wish to decrease amount of triple sec and include some fresh squeeze orange juice. To make a pineapple rum margarita: Add an additional 1 oz of pineapple juice.
Ingredients for this recipe
- Rum of choice: light rum (silver rum) or dark rum (gold rum)
- Triple Sec
- Rose’s Lime Juice
- Fresh squeezed lime juice
How to make this recipe
If you like a salt rim on your margarita, I recommend that you pre-salt your glass. You can swirl your margarita glass in triple sec. Triple sec is a sweet syrup that will help the salt stick to the rim of the glass. Then dip your glass into course or kosher salt.
Next, shake all ingredients over ice in a cocktail shake. Pour and enjoy!
FAQ and expert Tips
You can mix them but I generally recommend picking one liquor to use for this margarita.
You can use some orange juice instead of triple sec. Triple sec adds a sweet component so if your margarita is not sweet enough with orange juice, you can add about 1-2 teaspoon of powdered sugar and test for sweetness.
Rose’s lime juice is a sweet and lime component. I recommend using some simple syrup and additional lime juice as a substitute.
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- Cocktail shaker.
- 3 oz Rum (light rum, silver rum, gold rum, amber rum)
- 1 oz Rose's Lime Juice
- ½ oz Triple Sec
- ¼ lime fresh squeezed lime juice
- Combine in shaker.
- Pour over ice.
- Salt rim optional.
- Fun – NOT optional.
Great recipe. I was looking for a rum margarita that was close to a classic margarita. The ratios and ingredients were perfect.
Thanks Chad! I am so glad you enjoyed this margarita!
I happened to find this new recipe while searching Aubrey’s site as I am a faithful follower. I love rum and especially Margaritas so I gave it a whirl. What a pleasant surprise. Once again, Aubrey hit a home run. I would have never thought of switching my usual tequila go to for rum…yum! Thank you again. I will be making many more.
Thank you Susan! Your kinds words are appreciated and I am so glad you enjoyed!!!
Great drink! I’m not a tequila fan so the rum was perfect!
This is perfect for me! I can’t drink tequila (had a bad time with it back in… oh, well a very long time ago).
I LOVED this version. Made a whole pitcher. I even bothered to share, which I thought was rather nice of me considering how yummy they were! This recipe is a keeper.
I am so glad you enjoyed! And even happier that you shared. Lol 🙂