How to Make a Margarita That's Actually Hydrating


The secret? Coconut water.

coconut water margaritas
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Total Time:
5 mins
2 drinks

When I was in my 20s, my weekends looked something like this: Meet friends for happy hour immediately after work on Friday, join them for bottomless brunch on Saturday, and top it off with an evening of bar hopping and late-night pizza. Sunday was always my designated day to do absolutely nothing. I’d lay on the couch and nurse my hangover with the help of an egg sandwich and an exorbitant amount of The Real Housewives.  Now that I'm in my 30s, I can’t “hang” like I used to. Don’t get me wrong, I love to split a bottle of wine with my husband or enjoy a few cocktails with my girlfriends, but it usually comes with a price: a three-day hangover. 

Since sugar and alcohol are both dehydrating, and syrupy, alcoholic drinks tend to lead to a mega hangover. So, my friend and I tried to create a less-sweet iteration of our favorite cocktail, the margarita. With its typical makeup of tequila, orange liqueur (such as Triple Sec or Cointreau), fresh lime juice, and simple syrup, it’s very likely that you’ll get a bit of a headache after just one or two. After plenty of trial and error, we created the perfect “hangover-free margarita,” and it’s all thanks to one ingredient: coconut water.  

We created a smooth, tart, and tasty cocktail that leaves you feeling fresh as a daisy the next day. Our friends and family have gone absolutely crazy for it. I guess you can say this is one cocktail that'll make you feel like you’re in your 20s again.


  • 4 ounces tequila blanco

  • 3 ounces fresh-squeezed lime juice

  • 8 ounces coconut water

  • Lime wedges, for garnish

  • Salt (for the rim) 

  • Jalapeño slices (optional) 


  1. Pour ingredients and ice into a cocktail shaker.

  2. Shake for 15-20 seconds.

  3. Grab your two favorite glasses and pour over ice.

  4. Add a lime for garnish.

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