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Coffee margarita puts espresso martini in the shade

Add this coffee cocktail to your home bar collection for the entertaining season – tailored for tequila lovers, it’s the right fit for every occasion.


Think of this coffee margarita recipe as the LBD of celebration cocktails – it takes the tequila-fired summer favourite and gives it a sophisticated makeover for the party season. Like a high-end capsule wardrobe, this cocktail is effortless to put together but guaranteed to impress. These flavours mean business and they’re designed for coffee cocktail connoisseurs and margarita lovers alike. Go on, give it a shot.

How to make a coffee margarita

Ingredients (serves 1)

Salt, to serve

Lime quarter, to serve

60ml Vivir Cafe VS Blanco Tequila

30ml lime juice

15ml Cawsey’s Sugar Syrup

Ice cubes, to serve

Dried lime slice, to serve


1. Place salt on a plate. Run the cut side of the lime around the rim of a short tumbler glass. Dip the rim of each glass in salt to coat. Place the glass in the freezer to chill.

2. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add the tequila, lime juice and sugar syrup. Shake until well combined and chilled. Fill the prepared glass with ice and strain over the margarita mixture. Garnish with dried lime.

Espresso margarita made easy

You don’t need an espresso machine to make this coffee cocktail – all you need is a stylish bottle of VIVIR Café VS. This clever liqueur is made with the top-quality, 100% agave VIVIR Tequila Blanco, infused with coffee beans grown near the distillery and sweetened with piloncillo, an unrefined Mexican cane sugar. Ideal in our margarita-with-a-kick, it’s also a great swap for the vodka and coffee liqueur in a classic espresso martini and it makes a delicious solo drink too.


Ready-made sugar syrup is a handy shortcut for balancing any sour cocktail. If you’d rather make your own sugar syrup from scratch, just stir ¼ cup (55g) caster sugar and ¼ cup (60ml) water in a small saucepan over medium heat until the sugar dissolves, then leave it to cool before using.

This citrus garnish is made for margaritas

With its styled-up salt rim our coffee margarita can get away without a garnish, but we think it deserves the best. Designed to elevate any tequila, mezcal or rum-based cocktail, Strangelove Tipple Topper Salted Lime Wheels are an all-natural garnish made with Australian-grown limes and Murray River pink sea salt flakes. Or try Mr Consistent Dried Lime. Made from Aussie limes ​​hand sliced and dehydrated in small batches in northern NSW, it’s great for garnishing margaritas, cosmos or bloody marys.