Lime is a unique cocktail ingredient–it’s sweet and tart and can brighten up any drink!
So, here are 25 impressive lime cocktails that will make your next party or gathering a total blast!
When it comes to cocktails, there’s nothing we love more than a good lime.
We’re talking about that citrusy, refreshing taste of limes.
But how can lime cocktails possibly be that good?
Possibly, since they’re all made with fresh-squeezed zesty lime juice, or there are no artificial ingredients or added sugar.
Or maybe because you’ll feel like a million bucks after drinking one of these babies.
Whatever the reason, we’re confident that you’ll love them!
That’s why we’ve decided to bring some of the best lime cocktails here, from the classic Key Lime Margarita to something a little more unique, like the Michelada.
We’ve got everything you need for the perfect party.
But check out #22—it’s something that might interest you.
The Key Lime Margarita is a sweet and tangy little twist on a classic that will instantly transport you to the tropics.
You’ll taste it in your mouth before you even take a sip—the sweet tartness of key lime mixed with the sourness of tequila.
But once you do drink it, it’s downright delicious.
The word itself evokes a tone of sophistication, wit, and class.
It’s light green, but not in an obnoxious way.
And it’s lime-forward and exquisite when well-balanced.
This is a refreshing and scurvy-preventing cocktail—a perfectly balanced gin sour that’s just as good for dinner parties or casual nights at home.
The Coconut Lime Cocktail is the drink you should make for when you want something light and refreshing but don’t want to sacrifice flavor.
It combines tropical coconut flavors with the summery touch of lime zest, complemented by the woody finish of rum.
The tartness of lime will also quench your thirst while cooling you down, making this drink ideal for any occasion.
The Gin Lime Rickey is a case in point: It’s a simple cocktail with only three ingredients.
And it’s exceptionally refreshing and tangy with no sugar or simple syrup added.
But that’s by design!
It’s meant for people who like tart, bracing cocktails—the kind that makes you pucker up, take a sip, and say, “Ahhh.”
The Kamikaze is an iconic drink.
It will give you a nice sweet-tart kick with its beautiful combination of lime juice, triple sec, and vodka.
And yes, it’s nothing fancy, but the result is a cocktail that tastes like it’s been carefully crafted by a master mixologist.
You’ll want to ensure you have enough for everyone on your guest list because it’ll be gone before you know it.
7. Moscow Mule
The Moscow Mule is one of those cocktail classics that everyone should try at least once in their life.
It’s a spectacular mixed drink with a snappy spice that is refreshing and invigorating—and yet sweet and strong enough to knock you back into your seat if you’re not careful.
Serve this drink in a copper mug to keep it well chilled for maximum enjoyment.
When you first taste Orange-Lime Gin Fizz, you might think you’ve had it before.
It’s got that light, sour citrus flavor from the freshly squeezed lime and orange juices that allow the crisp gin to shine against citrusy lime sparkling water.
In short: this is a drink you’ll want to sip again and again.
The Vodka Lime Seltzer is everything you could want in a cocktail.
It’s got that lovely tickling fizz that comes from the seltzer.
It also has that sweet and fresh lime flavors, with just enough tartness to balance the sweetness simultaneously.
It’s like biting into a slice of lime without having to chew on it!
And then there’s the vodka. It packs an extra kick of flavor that makes every sip more exciting!
Caipirinha has a grassy, vegetal taste of cachaca that’s beautifully balanced by the sweetness and tartness of the lime.
It’s light on its feet despite being so full-bodied in flavor.
And it makes you feel like you’re lying on a beach in Brazil with a warm breeze blowing through your hair as you sip at your drink.
If you’re a fan of cachaca or even just the idea of it, then you’ll be pleased to know that there’s an alternative to caipirinha that is every bit as tasty and refreshing.
It’s called the Caipiroska, vodka’s answer to the cachaça-based drink.
It uses all the same ingredients as its predecessor—lime juice, sugar, crushed ice—but swaps out the liquor for vodka.
It’s a less nuanced drink but one that is equal parts simple and boozy!
Tequila Lime Mojitarita is a cross between a mojito and a margarita, with the sweet agave flavor of silver tequila and the tart taste of lime.
This drink is shaken, not muddled, to infuse the mint leaves with ice and create an intense aroma that permeates your senses as you taste it.
It also helps to keep the alcohol from overpowering the other ingredients in the drink, allowing them all to come through in each sip.
Vodka Cherry Limeade is a smooth and easy-drinking vodka-based drink.
The vibrant cherry red color alone will make you want to sip this cocktail all day.
But we promise the taste is even better than its appearance.
It has a silky-smooth and clean vodka finish that makes you want to keep sipping.
And the black cherry juice gives it just the right amount of sourness while still being refreshing and tangy, with a slight sweetness from the lime.
Lime Drop Martini is a mouth-puckering drink that tastes like lemonade with a kick.
The lime juice gives it a little extra tanginess, but not so much that it takes away from the delicious bitterness of the vodka.
In fact, this drink goes down smoothly, and you’ll be feeling refreshed in no time.
15. The Last Word
The Last Word is a cocktail that tastes and looks all sweet and innocent, but it’s a potent little cocktail.
It’s sweet and sharp with a pale green hue.
And it also has the bright crispness of gin, herbaceous bite of the Chartreuse, sweet maraschino liqueur, and citrus burst from the lime juice.
It’s like a tart lemonade spiked with gin—a sweet drink with an unexpected kick.
Michelada is excellent and fun, but it is tough to describe.
It’s tart, spicy, and bubbly—and it doesn’t taste like anything else in the world.
It’s like a Bloody Mary crossed with beer, except better because it’s less thick than tomato juice and more refreshing than booze alone.
The Nor’easter is a sweet, complex drink that will knock your socks off and give you the feeling of being lifted right out of your seat by a gust of wind.
The base of this drink is bourbon, reminiscent of caramel, with a hint of smokiness that comes from the charred oak barrels in which it’s stored.
Then you mix it with ginger ale and fresh lime juice.
The combination is incredible: sweet like caramel with the brightness of ginger and lime!
Have you ever wanted to drink your favorite watermelon, Jolly Ranchers?
Well, now you can!
The watermelon limeade cocktail tastes like the adult drink version of that candy.
It’s sweet and fresh, with just enough lime to keep the sweetness from overwhelming.
The vodka is an essential ingredient because it helps cut through the sweetness and makes the cocktail taste even more refreshing.
The monk fruit simple syrup in this recipe also helps keep it from being too sweet, which means you can drink as many of these as you want without feeling guilty about it later on down the line!
If you’re looking for a drink that’s both fruity and bubbly, then cucumber lime basil prosecco spritzer might be up your alley.
You’ll first notice the bright, tart flavor of the cucumber lime basil-infused lime juice.
Then the cucumber basil infusion gives it a freshness that’s perfect for any other time of year.
And the bubbles from the Prosecco are light and delicate.
Still, they provide enough carbonation to keep the drink interesting without being too sweet or overpowering.
Lastly, the fruitiness of this cocktail will have you swooning in no time!
20. Mariachi Mash
Mariachi Mash is a unique drink that is sure to impress.
It’s not your average tequila and lime juice drink.
The taste is exquisite, with a delightful blend of tequila and limoncello topped off with a hint of mint—all served best in a frosted glass.
The combination of these three ingredients is what makes this drink so special.
The mint leaves add an extra layer of flavor that you won’t find in other cocktails, and the honey adds a sweet note that makes it ideal for sipping any day of the week.
21. Key Lime Paloma
Key Lime Paloma is not your average cocktail.
It’s got all the sophistication of a classic grapefruit and tequila cocktail—but with a twist: key lime juice.
And it’s sweet, bitter, and briny all at once.
But this drink is more than just taste; it’s also the appearance.
A little lime pulp adds some texture and color, so you can get a hint of what Key Lime Paloma tastes like without even taking a sip.
22. Pisco Sour
The Pisco Sour is a magic meld of pisco and lime, but it’s not just sweet and tart.
It’s bright, mellow, and distinctly magical.
It’s one of Peru’s most famous cocktails—for a good reason!
Pisco has a distinct flavor profile: herbal, earthy notes comparable to tequila but still distinct on its own.
And this mellow spirit is perfectly complemented by lime juice and simple syrup, which balance out its bite with a sweet tanginess.
The Old Cuban Cocktail is a tasty rum cocktail with a twist.
It’s an upgrade from the Mojito and tastes like a tart, sweet citrus soda.
It’s also a fun drink you can easily make with either white or dark rum.
This is the recipe for those nights when you want something bubbly and tasty but want to save time mixing up something complicated or too sweet.
24. Witch’s Brew
Witch’s Brew is a purple drink.
And while this is a Halloween cocktail, you should be able to serve it whenever you want.
Just because it’s purple doesn’t mean it tastes like the punch bowl at a swimming pool party.
In fact, Witch’s brew has notes of lime juice and raspberry liqueur to give it just enough sweetness without being cloying or overpowering.
You’ll also taste the vodka in the background—it cuts through any sweetness from the other ingredients and gives you that boozy kick at the end of every sip.
This cocktail is the perfect drink to sip on as you unwind from a long day.
We know what you’re thinking: “But isn’t mezcal supposed to be spicy and smoky?“
But this drink is all about balance.
The ginger and lime juice are bright and fresh, and the basil leaves add just enough earthiness to cut through all that smoke.
And the honey rounds everything out with a sweet, comforting finish.
The bottom line
These 25 lime cocktails will have your taste buds tingling and your next party going down in the books!
And whether you’re hosting a get-together with friends or need to pamper yourself with a drink after a long week, try one of these recipes!
- Classic Daiquiri
- Key Lime Margarita
- Gimlet Cocktail
- Coconut Lime Cocktail
- Gin Lime Rickey
- Moscow Mule
- Orange-Lime Gin Fizz
- Vodka Lime Seltzer
- Tequila Lime Mojitarita Cocktail
- Vodka Cherry Limeade
- Lime Drop Martini
- The Last Word
- Nor’easter Cocktail
- Watermelon Limeade Cocktail
- Cucumber Lime Basil Prosecco Spritzer
- Mariachi Mash
- Key Lime Paloma
- Pisco Sour
- Old Cuban Cocktail
- Witch's Brew
- Ginger Basil Mezcal Toddy
- Pick one or more options from our list of Lime Cocktails here!
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