10 Classic Lime Cocktails

Here are all the best lime cocktails to try! Sample all the classics that star this zesty citrus fruit, from the daiquiri to the margarita.

Simple margarita recipe

Love the zesty flavor of the mighty lime? So did the cocktail masters. Turns out, many of the most popular classic mixed drinks are lime cocktails! The classic daiquiri, gimlet, margarita and mojito all have one thing in common: they’re made with lime! This humble fruit powers some of the most iconic alcoholic drinks there are.

Here are all the best classic lime cocktails! There’s something for everyone here: these mixed drinks span the gamut of rum, vodka, tequila, gin…and even a few more unique liquors. Let’s get started!

And now: the best classic lime cocktails to try!

A few more great lime cocktails

Want more inspiration? There are a few more great cocktails with lime that we couldn’t leave out:

  • Vodka Tonic One of the easiest mixed drinks of all time! This two-ingredient cocktail is bubbly, citrusy, and refreshing.
  • Jungle Bird A tropical rum cocktail with a twist! Bitter Campari offsets sweet pineapple juice to make a balanced, refreshing mixed drink.
  • Tequila Sour A delightful sweet tart drink with a frothy foam topping: a mashup of a 1920’s sour cocktail with a margarita.
  • Fernet Sour Cocktail One of the most unique craft cocktails! Also known as the Industry Sour, it stars Fernet-Branca and lime.

Best lime juicer

When you’re making lime cocktails, a good citrus juicer is a must! Using a juicer makes sure you get all the juice out of the lime without cramping your fingers. It’s especially helpful when you’re juicing lots of limes, like for a margarita pitcher

In the market for a lime juicer? Here’s a link to the juicer we have: it’s slick and juices limes in an instant!

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Lime cocktails

Classic Daiquiri (& More Lime Cocktails!)

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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 drink 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


One of the most classic lime cocktails! This daiquiri recipe has the perfect balance of boozy, tart and sweet with rum, lime and sweetener.


  • 1 1/2 ounces (3 tablespoons) best quality light or white rum
  • 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) lime juice
  • 1/2 ounce (1 tablespoonsimple syrup or maple syrup
  • Lime slice, for garnish


  1. Add the rum, lime juice, and syrup to a cocktail shaker. Fill it with ice and shake until cold. 
  2. Strain into a cocktail glass. Serve garnished with a lime slice.
  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Shaken
  • Cuisine: Cocktails

Keywords: Lime cocktails

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.

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