Aperol Margarita

I happen to love Aperol, which is interesting cause I’m not really one for bitter botanical flavors. I write more about what Aperol actually is in this post here, where I provide an Aperol Spritz recipe, as well as my copycat Aperol Gin Spritz.

If you haven’t ever tried Aperol, think of the most perfect and refreshing drink you could possibly have while vacationing in Capri or Portofino. Not that I’ve been to either spot, but yes, it’s an Italian liqueur with a gorgeous orange color.

Today I’m fusing Italy and Mexico by turning Aperol into a margarita! I got the idea from the Delish.com website. And like a regular margarita, it’s only 3 ingredients.

Aperol Margarita
Makes 2, slightly adapted

For the rim:

Zest from 1/2 orange
1 tablespoon coarse salt
2 teaspoons sugar

For the cocktail:

1/2 orange, cut into wedges
3.5 ounces tequila of choice
1.5 ounces Aperol
1.5 ounces lime juice

Zest half the orange onto a cutting board. Using a knife, chop finely. Let dry for about 30 minutes. Place the salt and sugar on a small plate, and sprinkle on the slightly dried orange zest. Don’t hesitate on the sugar; this drink is not sweet.

If desired, place the margarita glasses in the freezer until ready to serve.

Combine tequila, Aperol and lime juice in a cocktail shaker filled with ice, and shake vigorously.

Rub the glass rims with a wedge of orange until coated. Dip the rim into the mixture until the edges are lightly coated.

Strain the cocktail into the margarita glass filled with ice.

Garnish with an orange wedge to serve.




By Published On: May 27th, 202432 Comments on Aperol Margarita

About the Author: Chef Mimi

As a self-taught home cook, with many years in the culinary profession, I am passionate about all things food-related. Especially eating!


  1. Bernadette May 27, 2024 at 6:05 AM - Reply

    I just happen to have all these ingredients. Happy hour will be more interesting tonight.

    • Chef Mimi May 27, 2024 at 10:26 AM - Reply

      Oh fun! I love happy hours!

  2. Gerlinde de Broekert May 27, 2024 at 6:31 AM - Reply

    This is a cocktail I will make since I enjoy Aperol. Prost!

    • Chef Mimi May 27, 2024 at 10:27 AM - Reply

      I like it with the fun rim, but it’s strong!

  3. Dorothy's New Vintage Kitchen May 27, 2024 at 7:41 AM - Reply

    I love Aperol, and this looks as beautiful as it must taste. The rim is the best garnish ever.

    • Chef Mimi May 27, 2024 at 10:27 AM - Reply

      It was very tasty, too!

  4. beth May 27, 2024 at 7:48 AM - Reply

    i’ve never tasted aperol, but this looks delicious

    • Chef Mimi May 27, 2024 at 10:27 AM - Reply

      Oh!!! You should really try a spritz.

  5. lulu May 27, 2024 at 9:27 AM - Reply

    I can’t wait to try this as,like you, I’m crazy for aperol.

    • Chef Mimi May 27, 2024 at 10:28 AM - Reply

      I prefer a spritz over this cocktail, but that’s just me. I prefer less strong drinks!

  6. David Scott Allen May 27, 2024 at 11:17 AM - Reply

    I love a spritz — perfect any time of year. Never heard of this margarita version — but why not?

    • Chef Mimi May 27, 2024 at 3:15 PM - Reply

      It’s something, but I do prefer a spritz, only because I prefer drinks that aren’t that strong!

  7. sherry May 27, 2024 at 4:23 PM - Reply

    In my drinking days I used to enjoy an aperol spritz! Too old and rusty these days to drink – hehehehe.

    • Chef Mimi May 27, 2024 at 4:24 PM - Reply

      Rusty?!! Well okay.

  8. cookingontheweekends May 27, 2024 at 10:03 PM - Reply

    The Aperol makes the margarita so pretty! And the orange-zested rim is perfection. Love this for outdoor summer entertaining. :-) ~Valentina
    P.S. I love the look of the salad with shrimp and avocado at the top of your home page, but can’t find it on the site. Can you direct me?

  9. Tandy I Lavender and Lime May 27, 2024 at 10:51 PM - Reply

    This sounds perfect for summer!

  10. spicedblog May 28, 2024 at 7:20 AM - Reply

    Interesting. When I hear Aperol, I immediately think of the Aperol Spritz. I need to try this variation as it sounds like a great option for a hot summer day!

    • Chef Mimi May 28, 2024 at 8:16 AM - Reply

      It’s a great option, and way more alcoholic!!

  11. Charlie DeSando May 28, 2024 at 9:47 AM - Reply

    As we would say in Italy, è molto rinfrescante puoi essere una italiana onorario

    • Chef Mimi May 29, 2024 at 7:12 AM - Reply

      Yes! Ditto! (I wish I knew some Italian.)

  12. cookingwithauntjuju.com May 28, 2024 at 1:30 PM - Reply

    I’m not familiar with Aperol but obviously I should be! Such a pretty drink and good too I bet :)

    • Chef Mimi May 29, 2024 at 7:12 AM - Reply

      It’s quite unique! And refreshing.

  13. Angela May 30, 2024 at 3:16 AM - Reply

    What a beautiful concoction!! I will have to try Aperol now. I love a refreshing margarita

    • Chef Mimi May 30, 2024 at 7:28 AM - Reply

      Try it in a spritz to get the real flavor. It’s quite tasty and refreshing!

  14. Healthy World Cuisine May 30, 2024 at 3:02 PM - Reply

    We love Aperol Spritz so trying it as a margarita is a must try for this weekend. Looks so refreshing – perfect for summer sipping.

    • Chef Mimi May 30, 2024 at 3:11 PM - Reply

      An aperol spritz is such a perfect drink! The margarita is a bit stronger…

  15. Shashi May 31, 2024 at 3:53 AM - Reply

    I am so intrigued – my daughter introduced me to an Aperol Spritz not too long ago, and I loved it! So, this fusion of Aperol into a Margherita I cannot wait to try! –

    • Chef Mimi May 31, 2024 at 7:09 AM - Reply

      There’s nothing quite as refreshing and tasty as an aperol spritz I think! The margarita is much stronger!

  16. Raymund June 5, 2024 at 8:43 PM - Reply

    What a refreshing twist on a classic margarita! The fusion of Italian Aperol with Mexican tequila and lime juice sounds like the perfect marriage of flavors. I can almost taste the vibrant citrusy notes with a hint of bitterness from the Aperol.

    • Chef Mimi June 6, 2024 at 7:16 AM - Reply

      It was a fun change from both an aperol spritz and a margarita!

  17. Anonymous June 18, 2024 at 11:41 AM - Reply

    I love Campari and Aperol. But they are both amaros and not liquers. I have been trying many of them. It is a really fun learning experience. Thank you for the margarita idea.

    • Chef Mimi June 18, 2024 at 2:52 PM - Reply

      Technically yes, but they’re still considered botanical liqueurs. I didn’t think the distinction was worth pointing out, but yes, you are right!

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