I love grilling and I love cocktails so when I learned all about the concept of grilled cocktails it was a GAME CHANGER for me! You may recall in previous posts that I learned about the “Grilled Cocktails” food trend while attending Kingsford University earlier this year.

If you love the smokiness the grill imparts in food, then you will love this classic citrus cocktail with a twist. By grilling the lemons and lime, the fruit caramelizes and gets a nice char while also making them extra juicy for squeezing into your pitcher.

Plus, this is a really fun cocktail to make for a crowd because grilling the lemons and limes makes for a colorful display, and people will be totally surprised when you tell them you’re serving “grilled margaritas”.

I suggest you enlist your friends to help you juice the lemons. In my experience, friends are always ready and willing to help out when there are booze involved! 

This recipe makes a pitcher of margaritas, roughly 4 very large glasses. To keep this low carb, you can make a keto friendly simple syrup with swerve or another no-sugar sweetener. (affiliate link)

Grilled Margarita Recipe

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Grilled Margarita Recipe

  • Author: Robyn



3 lbs limes/lemons plus a few oranges, sliced in half

  • ½ cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup tequila
  • 1/4 cup triple sec
  • 1 cup simple syrup to taste
  • 1 pitcher full of ice


Dip the sliced citrus in a bowl of sugar so they have a light coating. Grill the citrus on medium high heat until they have char marks. Let them rest until they are cool enough to be juiced . Fill your margarita pitcher halfway full of ice, then add the tequila and trip sec. Add the juice to the ice/tequila mixture- by adding it to ice it will help cut the tartness of the citrus. Add the simple syrup in small batches until the proper sweetness is achieved.

Enjoy your first smoky margarita that goes great with grilled foods, specifically my chili lime skirt steak fajitas!

There is something strangely fun and addictive about adding nice char marks to citrus! If you love a good margarita, I have got you covered because I DO TOO! Check out my skinny margarita recipe, and my smoky greyhound recipe with rosemary ginger honey simply syrup! I like to drink cocktails as much as I like to grill lol!

Grilled Cocktails: A Smoky Greyhound (Vodka and Grilled Grapefruit with Ginger Honey)

PS, Smoky Margaritas go perfectly with…

Chile Lime Skirt Steak Fajitas