Italian Margarita

Posted on 21 December 2019

There is an excellent rule of thumb that you may/may not be aware of: when a recipe calls for lime juice, you can substitute with vinegar! The type of vinegar substitution depends on the dish itself whether it is savory or sweet. Since margaritas already have sweetness added via agave, simple syrup, or orange liquor such as Contreau, I recommend De Nigris Premium Aged Apple Vinegar of Modena. The apple-kissed vinegar lends itself deliciously to a margarita. In fact, once you try this Italian Margarita, you may never go back to lemon juice.

Italian Margaritas are delicious on their own or as a pre-dinner aperitif. They will pair excellently with bowls of olives, caprese salad, and a buttery Parmesan-sprinkled pasta that is generously drizzled with olive oil. Why not make the cocktail the star?

Alla vostra salute!



Makes 2 drinks

3 ounces silver tequila
2 ounces Contreau
1 ounce De Nigris Premium Aged Apple Vinegar of Modena
Margarita salt
Grapefruit and orange slices, as garnish


  • Fill cocktail shaker with ice cubes and add tequila, Contreau, and De Nigris Premium Aged Apple Vinegar of Modena and shake until chilled.
  • Rub vinegar along rim of glass and dip in margarita salt to line the rim with salt.
  • Pour strained margarita into two salt-rimmed glasses and garnish with grapefruit and orange slices.
  • Serve and enjoy!


Lyndi Fultz blogs at with a focus on health-conscious foodies caught up in the busyness of life. Her site shows us how to make food healthy and simple, with a side of fun.