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These flavor-packed Five Alive Citrus Margaritas pack the flavor of 5 different citrus and tropical fruits into one tasty, refreshing cocktail. Make up the quick and easy citrus salt rim for an impressive cocktail to serve at your next party!


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Inspired by the juice beverage of the same name, these margaritas COME ALIVE, with 5 fruity flavors.

Juicy, refreshing, and made with a mixture of orange, lemon, lime, grapefruit and mango juices- these Five Alive Citrus Margaritas are a great party sipper to share with friends.

five alive citrus margarita

A bit of nostalgia about the 80’s thirst quencher

Video credit: Mackenzie Rough

If you’re a child of the 80’s (like me) chances are- you’ve had some Five Alive in your lifetime. A combination of fruit juice blends, it was a childhood staple, along with Kool-Aid, Sunny D, and Ecto-Cooler (which I miss terribly as well, but that’s for another day, and another cocktail).

This cocktail is an ode to the fun and fruity juice blend, which (much to my dismay) is only available in select markets in Canada.

five alive margarita ingredients

Making the cocktail come ALIVE

To make this fruit-filled libation, you will need:

  • Mango nectar (of the gods)
  • The juice of 2 plump, ripe limes 
  • Fresh squeezed orange juice 
  • The juice of 1 lemon, and. a little twist of peel, if you’re feeling fancy
  • Ruby red grapefruit juice (bottled or fresh, it’s gotta be ruby red)
  • Blanco tequila
  • A little honey 
  • Coarse kosher salt and citrus zest for the rim
five alive margaritas with citrus salt

Making the cocktail is simple- just combine the juices, honey and tequila in a shaker or mason jar, and shake to combine.

Part of the fun of this cocktail is in the presentation, so I always like to serve it with a citrus salt rim, and some fresh sliced citrus fruit.

Making the salt for the rim

Making the salt is super easy. Just add the coarse salt to a small bowl (you’ll want to use coarse salt for it’s texture), zest 1/2 tsp of lemon, lime and orange into the bowl, and stir to combine. I like to use a fork to really get the salt and zest homogenous.

Once you’ve got the salt and the Five Alive Citrus Margarita mixed and ready to go, run a citrus wedge around the rim of your glasses, fill ’em with ice, and pout the margaritas over top. Garnish with lemon, lime, orange or grapefruit- or all of them!

five alive margaritas with citrus salt

Wanna get extra fancy? Add a lemon twist garnish!

To make the lemon twist garnish (as pictured), cut a strip of lemon peel with a pairing knife, edge-to-edge around the circumference of the lemon.

Gently twist in opposing directions on the ends, and hold to shape. Release and form as desired (should be nice and spiraled, but pushing it a bit can give it more definition/tighter spiral).

five alive margaritas with citrus salt

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Five Alive Citrus Margarita

Prep Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: cocktail
Keyword: citrus, grapefruit, lemon, lime, mango nectar, orange juice, tequila
Servings: 2


  • cocktail shaker or mason jar
  • microplane or zester



  • 4.5 oz (3 shots) blanco tequila 
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1/2 cup ruby red grapefruit juice (bottled or fresh)*
  • 1 cup mango nectar*
  • 1/2 cup fresh squeezed orange juice*
  • The juice of 1 lemon 
  • The juice of 2 limes 

Citrus Salt Rim

  • 1 1/2 tbsp coarse kosher or sea salt 
  • 1/2 tsp orange zest
  • 1/2 tsp lemon zest
  • 1/2 tsp lime zest


  • Add the margarita ingredients to a shaker or mason jar, fit with lid, and shake well.
    2. To make the salt, combine zest and coarse salt together with a fork until well incorporated. Transfer to a plate to make it easier to dip the glasses. (Makes enough salt for at least 4 drinks).
    3. Run a citrus wedge around the edge of your glasses, and dip each glass into the citrus salt.
    4. Fill glasses with ice, and pour margarita mixture evenly into both glasses (I used 8 oz rocks style glasses). Garnish with citrus and serve!
    Bonus: Lemon Twist Garnish
    To make the lemon peel twists, cut a strip of lemon peel with a pairing knife, edge-to-edge around the circumference of the lemon. Gently twist in opposing directions on the ends and hold to shape. Release and form as desired (should be nice and spiraled, but pushing it a bit can give it more definition/tighter spiral).


If you want a slightly sweeter margarita, I would go with the bottled variety of ruby red grapefruit juice. If using a fresh grapefruit, only use ripe, juicy, ruby red grapefruits.

I use Jumex nectar for this, but your favorite brand is fine. I also like Goya.

I like the flavor of fresh squeezed orange juice for this, but you could use the bottled variety- it will just be a tad thicker/sweeter. My advice? stick with fresh OJ for this recipe!

Tip: zest the citrus prior to juicing it if making the salt rim. If making the lemon twist garnish, cut that in advance of juicing as well.

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