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20 Must-Try Lime Cocktails

For those who love the bright punch of lime, these cocktails are a must-try. They blend the zest of fresh limes into classics like margaritas and inventive mojitos. Perfect for sunny beaches or casual backyard gatherings, these drinks bring a tangy twist that refreshes and invigorates. They’re the go-to for adding a zesty spark to any occasion. You’ll find each recipe brings its own unique flair, making the most of lime’s vibrant flavor. Check out this roundup for some of the best lime-infused drinks.

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Classic Daiquiri

Classic Lime Daiquiri Cocktail with a Garnish

The classic Daiquiri is a timeless cocktail with a simple yet unforgettable flavor profile. Made with just three ingredients – white rum, freshly squeezed lime juice, and simple syrup – it’s easy to whip up at home, but the taste is ordinary. The tartness of the lime juice is perfectly balanced by the sweetness of the simple syrup, creating a harmonious blend that dances on your taste buds with each sip.

Classic Mojito

classic mojito cocktail on a table in the sun

Classic Mojito is a breeze to mix, and the fresh ingredients make all the difference. It’s a cocktail that impresses with its flavor complexity while being relatively easy to prepare. I highly recommend this timeless cocktail to anyone who craves a taste of the tropics in a glass and wants a refreshing, vibrant, easy-to-make cocktail that will impress.

Classic Moscow Mule

moscow mule

The Classic Moscow Mule is a zingy and tangy cocktail perfect for those who love a little kick in their drinks. You make this cocktail with vodka, freshly squeezed lime juice, and ginger beer. This cocktail delivers a refreshing and bold flavor profile.

Gin Gimlet

Alcoholic Lime and Gin Gimlet with a Garnish

The Gin Gimlet is perfect for gin lovers or anyone who appreciates a refined and sophisticated drink. This cocktail offers a balanced blend of flavors. The gin’s botanical notes beautifully complement the lime juice’s tartness, while the simple syrup adds sweetness.


classic margarita cocktail on a bar in a mexican restaurant

As a self-proclaimed Margarita lover, I am head over heels for this bold and tangy concoction! The explosion of flavors from the zesty lime juice, sweet triple sec, and fiery tequila is an absolute fiesta for the taste buds. Whether I’m sipping it by the beach or shaking it up for a party, the Margarita never fails to impress. 

Caipirinha Cocktail

Brazilian Caipirinha

Caipirinha Cocktail is one of the most recognizable drinks from South America. Combining cachaca, lime, and sugar, it offers a refreshing drink ideal for sipping on a warm day. With each sip, this cocktail is a burst of bold and tangy flavors that gently linger on the palate. 

Old Cuban Cocktail

Boozy Refreshing Old Cuban Cocktail with Rum Lime and Champagne

This exquisite cocktail is a true masterpiece that will captivate your taste buds. The recipe is highlighted by lime’s tartness balancing the richness of the aged rum. Moreover, the simple syrup’s sweetness, and the mint’s refreshing coolness further enrich this flavorful drink. Lastly, the bubbly sparkling wine adds an elegant twist to this drink.


Cosmopolitan cocktail

Sipping on a Cosmo feels like a glamorous affair, with its beautiful pink hue and sweetness. As a lover of all things classy and cosmopolitan, I adore this cocktail for its refreshing taste and stylish presentation.

Kentucky Mule

kentucky mule

Kentucky Mule is a true Southern delight that’s bold, robust, and flavorful. This delightful concoction is made with bourbon, ginger beer, and freshly squeezed lime juice. Sipping on a Kentucky Mule feels like a warm embrace from the South. 

The Last Word

Last Word Cocktail

With its herbaceous notes from the Chartreuse, the floral sweetness of the maraschino liqueur, and the zesty kick from the lime juice, The Last Word is a harmonious balance of flavors that dance on your palate with each sip. As a lover of unique and adventurous cocktails, I am utterly obsessed with The Last Word for its daring and unconventional taste. 

Pisco Sour

Pisco Sour cocktails

Pisco Sour offers an authentic taste of South America in a glass! You make this delightful cocktail with Pisco, a grape brandy from Peru or Chile, freshly squeezed lime juice, simple syrup, and a frothy egg white topping. I wholeheartedly recommend the Pisco Sour to fellow mixological adventurers who crave unique cocktails.

Gin Rickey

gin rickey cocktail with lime

The Gin Rickey is a refreshing and effervescent classic cocktail perfect for those who love the zing of citrus and the crispness of gin! Plus, it’s a breeze, requiring only a few ingredients and minimal effort. I highly recommend the Gin Rickey to those who appreciate the crispness of gin and the tanginess of citrus. 

Hemingway Daiquiri

Boozy Rum Hemingway Daiquiri with LIme and Grapefruit

The intricate balance of sweet, bitter, and sour notes makes it a true masterpiece in a glass. While it may require a bit more effort to make with its additional ingredients, the Hemingway Daiquiri is well worth the extra steps for those who appreciate the art of mixology and crave a refined and sophisticated cocktail. 

Watermelon Daiquiri

watermelon mojito cocktail

Watermelon Daiquiri is a delightful and refreshing twist on the classic cocktail, perfect for a sunny day by the pool! The vibrant pink color and the luscious, tropical taste make it a genuine crowd-pleaser that will impress your guests. 

Cucumber Basil Lime Gimlet

Refreshing summer homemade lemonade made from lime, lemon, cucumber and basil

As someone who appreciates cocktails that are a little off the beaten path, I appreciate the Cucumber Basil Lime Gimlet’s refreshing and complex flavor profile. The interplay of the earthy basil, cool cucumber, and zippy lime creates a taste sensation that’s truly unique and memorable. 


Glass of traditional Peruvian liquor "Chilcano" on the table of an illuminated restaurant

I highly recommend the Chilcano to anyone looking for an exotic twist on a classic cocktail or simply wanting to broaden their taste horizons with a sip of Peruvian perfection. The combination of Pisco’s grape-based spirit, ginger zing, and lime’s zesty tang creates a complex and exciting flavor profile.

Tequila Sour

a classic tequila sour cocktail

I adore the Tequila Sour for its unique taste and how it transports me to the sunny shores of Mexico with each sip. The tequila adds a distinctive and robust flavor profile that’s smooth and complex, while the citrusy tang of lemon or lime juice adds a refreshing burst of acidity. 

Vodka Gimlet

Vokda Gimlet Cocktail in a Coupe Glass

Vodka Gimlet features one of the most versatile and neutral spirits in vodka. For this recipe, you’ll want to pair it with freshly squeezed lime juice and simple syrup to add a hint of sweetness. The flavors of the Vodka Gimlet are straightforward and stimulating, with the tangy and tart notes of lime perfectly complementing the smoothness of the vodka. 


Paloma Cocktail tequila fresh grapefruit juice

Paloma is a vibrant cocktail that’s easy to prepare. Just combine tequila, grapefruit soda, lime juice, and salt over ice, give it a quick stir, and garnish with a slice of grapefruit or a sprig of fresh mint. Though it’s a simple recipe, it still boasts a memorable flavor.


Caipiroska Cocktail on the counter bar

The Caipiroska is made by muddling fresh limes with sugar, adding vodka and ice, and giving it a vigorous shake to release all the flavors. The result is a tangy, zesty, and slightly sweet drink highlighted by citrusy goodness and the smooth kick of vodka. It’s a balanced mix of sweet and sour, making it a joy to sip on. 

A vibrant and refreshing lime cocktail in a tall glass, garnished with a slice of lime and a small umbrella. The cocktail is set on a bar counter with a background of dimly lit ambiance, highlighting the vivid green color of the drink. Ice cubes are visible in the glass, and a subtle condensation is on the outside of the glass, indicating its cool temperature. The scene is lively yet elegant, capturing the essence of a sophisticated night out.

20 Lime Cocktail Recipes

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
4.7 from 3 votes
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: lime cocktails
Servings: 1
Author: Paul Kushner
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Written by Paul Kushner

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