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Gin margarita in a glass with a lime wheel.

The Perfect Gin Margarita (Margatini)

  • Author: Emily Toshiko
  • Prep Time: 3 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 drink 1x
  • Category: Drinks
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan


This gin margarita, or margatini is perfect on a hot summer day. If you don't like tequila, this is the drink for you!


  • 2 oz gin
  • 1 oz freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1/2 oz agave
  • 1 tsp salt (for the rim)
  • Additional lime wheels for garish


  1. Rub a lime wedge around the entire rim of your glass. 
  2. Dip the rim of the glass into a shallow bowl or plate of salt. Turn the glass until salt has adhered to the rim. Fill glass 3/4 of the way full with ice. Set aside.
  3. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add the gin, lime juice and agave to the shaker. Shake well for 30 seconds.
  4. Pour the cocktail into the salt-rimmed glass. Garnish with a lime wheel and enjoy!


  • Always use fresh-squeezed lime juice. I find that 1 1/2 to 2 limes is about 1 ounce of juice.
  • If you don't have agave you can use simple syrup, maple syrup or honey.
  • You may use a jar with a lid instead of a cocktail shaker, just strain when you pour the drink into a glass.

Keywords: gin margarita, margatini