Backyard BBQ

Grilled Lemon Margarita

August  3, 2020
2 Ratings
Photo by Julia Gartland
  • Prep time 15 minutes
  • Cook time 5 minutes
  • Makes 1 cocktail
What You'll Need
  • 1 ounce Cointreau
  • 2 ounces blanco tequila
  • 1 ounce grilled lemon juice
  1. To make grilled lemon juice: slice one lemon into 1/2 inch thick pieces. Oil grates of grill so that lemon doesn't stick. Char lemon slices and let cool. Reserve one slice for garnish, and juice remaining slices.
  2. Combine all ingredients into a cocktail shaker and shake with ice. Strain the cocktail into a rocks glass over ice. Garnish with a grilled lemon wheel.

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Elliott Clark, also known as the Apartment Bartender, is a well-respected tastemaker, cocktail creator, spirits writer, and photographer in the spirits industry. What started out as a hobby for making cocktails at home has developed into a full-blown career that takes Elliott all over the world mixing drinks for some of the world’s most notable brands, and making the world of spirits more accessible to the at-home cocktail enthusiast.

9 Reviews

Michele April 5, 2023
So I make my regular margaritas (with fresh squeezed lime and simple syrup, tequila and cointreau or triple sec) but I add in the grilled lemon and Oh. My. Gerd!!! Sooo good! The grilled lemon adds a fresh sweet and smokiness that I can't describe. Oh and a floater of grand marnier on top doesn't hurt it either.
Dan August 14, 2020
Disregarding some previous fruit confusion I can say this recipe is fantastic. I needed a few lemons but I also maybe didn’t cut them right or let them cool long enough. A nice take on a margarita if you’re firing up the grill. This will become a regular in my rotation.
Alicia August 11, 2020
Why the hatefulness? It was an error, we all make them. Peace and health
Alicia August 11, 2020
Why the hatefulness? It was an error, we all make them. Peace and health
Joni W. August 11, 2020
Is it a Grilled Lemon Margarita or a Grilled Pineapple Margarita? The ingredients state its lemon but the directions call for grilling the pineapple.
Erin A. August 11, 2020
Hi Joni! Thanks so much for catching, and sorry about that. We've updated the recipe!
Inga V. August 11, 2020
Pineapple?? Lemon?? OK, which is it or both? Please check and maybe reprint the recipe. Can one juice a lemon that has been sliced? Thanks.
Joanne August 11, 2020
Exactly— no one proofread this prior to printing. Amateur.
Suzanne H. August 11, 2020
Wondered the same thing, Inga. I think it's supposed to be the lemon that is grilled. Nowhere does a pineapple come into play..