Nectarine margarita with fleur de sel rim

Nectarine margarita with fleur de sel rim

Sometimes, simple is best. Today’s cocktail is a basic margarita recipe, but it’s spiked with sweet, tart nectarine purée – simple yet incredibly luscious.

As a contrast to the ambrosial margarita, the rim is dressed with fleur de sel – delicate salt crystals that make your taste buds come alive. Take a sip… Cheers!


Nectarine margarita with fleur de sel rim

serves 2
active time: 15 min

For the nectarine purée

  1. 2 medium ripe nectarines – unpeeled, pitted and flesh cut in 2″ chunks
  2. 2 teaspoons lemon juice

For the rim

  1. 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
  2. 1 teaspoon fleur de sel
  3. 1 lime wedge

For the cocktail

  1. 4 1/2 oz (135 ml) silver Tequila
  2. 4 1/2 oz (135 ml) nectarine purée
  3. 1 1/2 oz (45 ml) Cointreau
  4. 3/4 oz (20 ml) fresh lime juice
  5. 3/4 oz (20 ml) lemon juice

  1. Step 1: To make the nectarine purée – Place the nectarine chunks and the lemon juice in a food processor and pulse until coarsely chopped. Scrape the sides of the bowl and process until liquidy. Transfer purée into large squeeze bottle. You should have 1 1/4 cup of purée, enough to make 4 margaritas. Refrigerate purée until ready to use. Refrigerate up to 1 day only as the purée oxidizes quickly.
  2. Step 2: Place the two salts in a small bowl and mix well. Spread on a small plate. Moisten the rim of the glasses with the lime wedge and dip the glass rim in the salts. Set aside.
  3. Step 3: For the cocktail – Shake the Tequila, nectarine purée, Cointreau, lime and lemon juices with ice cubes until a thin layer of frost appears on the outside of the shaker. Pour into the prepared glasses and serve immediately.

Nectarine margarita with fleur de sel rim

cocktail, margarita, nectarine

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  • Reply Donna Ford August 25, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    Hello Viviane, I’ve been away in Oregon. Nice to see you’re still sharing your delicious recipes. We will have to try your Nectarine Margarita! Thank you!

    • Reply Viviane August 27, 2012 at 9:32 pm

      Hi Donna! It’s so lovely to hear from you… Hope you’re having a great time in Oregon! Sending lots of Nectarine margarita cheers to you my dear!

  • Reply Amy September 3, 2011 at 10:38 pm

    The nectarine margarita itself sounds heavenly but add salt to the rim and it is even better! I would love a few of these…

  • Reply Jennifer Eloff September 2, 2011 at 12:39 pm

    This sounds like a delightful twist to a favorite drink!

  • Reply Tori @ The Shiksa in the Kitchen September 2, 2011 at 12:54 am

    Viviane, this looks positively luscious! I may have to whip this up over the Labor Day weekend… time to kick back with cocktails!

  • Reply Kristi Rimkus August 28, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    The color of this drink is fabulous. I can only image how delicious it would taste!

  • Reply Katie August 27, 2011 at 2:36 pm

    I want this! Perfect for sitting on my balcony and watching the sun set. Perhaps I should have 2….

  • Reply Tiffany August 25, 2011 at 3:22 pm

    Tequila is one of the only hard alcohols I drink. This margarita looks divine!

  • Reply Maya@Foodiva's Kitchen August 24, 2011 at 5:13 pm

    In this case, simple really IS the best. What a superb combination of flavors in one glass, I love the fruitiness of the cocktail!

  • Reply Megan August 22, 2011 at 10:40 pm

    That is a beautiful picture and the drink sounds fantastic! Sharing this one next time I have a mother/daughter night!

  • Reply Sandra August 20, 2011 at 9:55 pm

    Very unique!

  • Reply Tori (@eat-tori) August 20, 2011 at 5:50 pm

    Oh word, I’m so glad I stumbled here. Now I never want to leave. Some nights scream for a margarita, but nectarines as well? Divine. (nb, your photos are exquisite).

  • Reply Peggy August 20, 2011 at 6:53 am

    Oh wow – I love how this is spiked some beautiful nectarine puree! Really brings the old margarita to a new high =)

  • Reply Eva Toneva August 20, 2011 at 4:35 am

    Lovely recipe and photos!

  • Reply Liz August 19, 2011 at 9:16 pm

    Gorgeous (not that I would expect anything less!) and delicious! I just know this tastes fabulous…I adore nectarines…pure genius to add puree.

  • Reply Lolly August 19, 2011 at 3:52 pm

    This looks so wonderful! A beautiful and elegant cocktail. I love nectarines 🙂

  • Reply Lauren at Keep It Sweet August 19, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    Love this! What a pretty and delicious drink.

  • Reply Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. August 19, 2011 at 3:02 pm

    What a pretty margarita! never would think to make a nectarine margarita! It looks so refreshing and I am SO ready for happy hour!

  • Reply Tina@flourtrader August 19, 2011 at 2:05 pm

    How uniquely delicious-nectarine is like the forgotten fruit. Thanks for bringing it in the limelight with this wonderful drink. Refreshing.

  • Reply Laurel August 19, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    Must try this cocktail! Looks wonderful Viviane.

  • Reply Dave at eRecipeCards August 19, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    A beautiful photo and just delicious luscious drink!

  • Reply Viviane August 19, 2011 at 12:23 pm

    Sara, Sandi, Thank you so much… and cheers!

  • Reply Sandi G August 19, 2011 at 12:21 pm

    Sometimes simple is best…agree. Your pictures tell the story!

  • Reply sara August 18, 2011 at 7:57 pm

    This looks amazing – super delicious!! 🙂 Gorgeous photo.

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