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How to Make a Mexican Martini Recipe

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Margaritas and Mexican Martini recipes are my specialty! I’m the go-to mixer in my circle of friends when it comes to these cocktails. My easy limeade margarita is deliciously tangy and with two additional ingredients, it’s easy to turn it into a smooth Mexican Martini.

Simply start with an easy margarita recipe and take it to the next level of tasty! Here’s how to make a Mexican Martini.

Mexican Martini Recipe is similiar to the Margarita Recipe. Photo of a margarita next to a mexican martini by the pool.

Margarita on the left, Mexican Martini recipe on the right.


Have you ever tried a Mexican Martini?  In Texas (especially in Austin), we love them. The benefit of a Mexican Martini, is the wonderfully smoother taste over a standard margarita.

Don’t get me wrong, I love margaritas and make a batch at least once a week. When the mood strikes, I take it up a notch and make a Mexican Martini.

What is a Mexican Martini?

To clear up any confusion, let me point out that the Mexican Martini tastes nothing like a typical martini. The Margarita and Mexican Martini recipes are very similar, yet distinctively different cocktails.

The martini portion of the name really comes more from how it is served and garnished. And like a Dirty Martini, the green olive brine (the olive juice in the jar) is a key ingredient in the Mexican Martini. It’s the smoothing ingredient.

The Mexican Martini Drink with garnish of olives, orange and lime by the pool.

The Mexican Martini.


How to Make a Mexican Martini

In order to make the best Mexican Martini, we have to start the best Margarita recipe! Here in Texas, margaritas are a true staple.

A tasty classic margarita is almost clear with a slight yellow-green hue, not vibrant green with an overbearing lime taste often served at restaurants.

The key to a great margarita is Limeade. I know there are many margarita mixes available, but I can attest that Limeade makes a fantastically fresh cocktail mix.

To turn a margarita into a Mexican Martini, we’ll add two ingredients:

  • Orange juice
  • Green olive juice (olive brine)

It is amazing how these two additional ingredients change the whole flavor of a margarita into a Mexican Martini.


How to Serve a Mexican Martini

This cocktail takes the best parts of a margarita and martini. While a classic margarita is served on the rocks, the Mexican Martini is presented more like a traditional martini.

A Mexican Martini is chilled in a shaker and strained into a martini glass with a salted rim. And don’t forget the garnish! The green olives are a must and decorated with an orange and lime slice.

Mexican Martini close up of garnish of orange olives and lime

Mexican Martini with green olives, lime and orange garnish.


First, Start with the Best Margarita Recipe (Single Serving)

This minute maid limeade Margarita recipe is the best. Limeade is a wonderfully fresh tasting way to get the lime flavor of a Margarita. I don’t know what else Limeade is used for, but it’s often low in stock at the local grocery stores here in Texas. I suspect we’re all making a lot of cocktails!


  • 3 oz  of Tequila
  • 1/2 oz Cointreau (or Triple Sec if you don’t have Cointreau)
  • 6 oz of Limeade

A quick note about Triple Sec vs Cointreau. Cointreau does taste smoother than Triple Sec. It also typically has a little higher alcohol content. You can go either way, but Cointreau is my top choice.


  1. Take a lime wedge and run it around the rim of a margarita glass, then dip the glass into coarse margarita salt.
  2. Fill the glass with crushed ice and pour in the margarita mixture.
  3. Garnish with a lime wedge.

Here’s where you stop if you just want the Margarita  – it’s honestly delicious.

Mexican Martini Ingredients (Single Serve):

Now let’s make it into a Mexican Martini. Use the above single serve Margarita mixture and pour it into a shaker.

Add the following ingredients:

  • 1  tablespoon of green olive juice.
  • 2  tablespoons of fresh squeezed orange juice.

Mexican Martini Directions:

  1. Add ice into the shaker.
  2. Shake well and pour into a salted rim martini glass.
  3. Garnish with green olives, orange slice and a lime slice.

Do you want to make a pitcher of Margaritas or Mexican Martinis? See the batch pitcher recipes below!

Margarita with lime and salt rim by the pool.


Large Batch Margarita Recipe

When you’re hosting a party or having friends over, it can be time consuming to mix individual drinks. Here’s the batch recipes you can whip up quickly.

You can make this recipe ahead of time too and keep it chilled in the fridge. Then serve over ice when it’s time to start the party.

Pitcher Ingredients:

  • 12 oz. can of frozen Limeade (do not throw away the can, use it to measure ingredients)
  • 3  12 oz. cans of water (use the limeade can to measure the water)
  • 12 oz. can of Tequila (fill 1 limeade can to measure your choice tequila)
  • 1/3 can of Triple Sec or Cointreau (again, use the limeade can to measure)


Large Batch Mexican Martini Recipe

Take the above batch recipe of Margaritas and you’ll just add few extra ingredients to turn this recipe into the Austin, TX favorite cocktail.

Use the above large batch pitcher recipe and then add these ingredients:

  • 3 oz. Green olive Juice
  • 6 oz. Fresh orange Juice

Mixing Directions:

  1. Mix all ingredients together in a large pitcher.
  2. Fill a martini shaker with ice and pour in some of the above concoction.
  3. Shake until chilled.
  4. Serve in a martini glass with a salted rim.
  5. Garnish with green olives and a slice of orange and lime.


More Tequila Drinks

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Tequila Cranberry Cocktail (Easy & Refreshing)

Margarita Tequila Jello Shots


Enjoy your new favorite Mexican Martini recipe!


Best Mexican Martini Drink Recipes


The best Mexican Martini recipes! Go beyond the basic margarita and enjoy this smooth tequila mixed drink recipe. You already know lime juice and tequila are a tasty combination and with two additional ingredients this easy margarita transforms into a delicious Mexican Martini.

Prep Time 8 minutes
Total Time 8 minutes


  • 3 oz Tequila
  • 1/2 oz Cointreau
  • 6 oz Frozen Limeade (add water according to the directions on the frozen can or use 6 oz of the pre-made Limeade).
  • 1 tablespoon of green olive juice
  • 2 tablespoons of fresh squeezed orange juice (or bottled orange juice, no pulp)

Batch Recipe

  • 12 oz. can of frozen Minute Maid Limeade (do not throw away the can, use it to measure ingredients)
  • 3 12 oz. cans of water (use the limeade can to measure the water)
  • 12 oz. can of Tequila (fill 1 limeade can to measure your choice tequila)
  • 4 oz Triple Sec or Cointreau (1/3 of limeade can if using the limeade can to measure)
  • 3 oz. Green olive Juice
  • 6 oz. Fresh orange Juice


  • Lime wedge, orange slice and green olives.
  • Coarse Salt for rim


  1. Combine all ingredients.
  2. Pour into a cocktail shaker, add ice and shake well.
  3. Use a lime wedge to wet the rim of your glass and dip in Margarita salt.
  4. Strain mixture into a salted rim martini glass.
  5. Garnish with green olives, orange slice and a lime slice.


See post for any variations or additional garnish ideas. Drink Responsibly.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 330Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 1901mgCarbohydrates: 121gFiber: 0gSugar: 106gProtein: 0g

Nutritional values are estimates and not exact.

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  • Tammy Camp

    I love easy recipes and delicious desserts and happy to share with you my favorite recipes. My favorite places are tropical, family always comes first and I'm a cocktail enthusiast for sure! Connect with me: Facebook and Pinterest

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