Margarita cupcakes are the must have dessert for National Margarita Day

Santo Tequila Cupcakes, photo provided by Santo Tequila
Santo Tequila Cupcakes, photo provided by Santo Tequila /

If you love margaritas, these margarita cupcakes are a must have for National Margarita Day. While everyone will be shaking up a tasty margarita, sometimes it is time to skip the chips and salsa for a sweeter treat. Ready for some tasty cupcakes?

With many people falling in love with baking, creating some tasty cupcakes with the flavors of the classic cocktail is a great idea. Although many desserts focus on rich, warm flavors, bright citrus flavors are equally as tasty.

Santo Spirits has shared this recipe for Margarita cupcakes. The sweet, lime cupcakes are tasty with and without your favorite margarita. But, save an extra drink of that Santo Tequila for when the cupcakes are finished.

Here’s how to make Santo Tequila’s Margarita Cupcakes for National Margarita Day.


(makes 12 cupcakes)

  • 1 ½ cup flour
  • 1 ½ tsp baking powder
  • ¾ tsp salt
  • ½ cup unsalted butter room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs room temperature
  • 2 Tbsp lime zest
  • ¼ cup lime juice
  • 2 Tbsp Santo Tequila Blanco
  • 2 Tbsp Triple Sec
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ½ tsp lemon extract
  • ½ cup buttermilk


  • 1 Tbsp Santo Tequila Blanco
  • ½ Tbsp Triple Sec
  • 1 Tbsp lime juice
  • 1 Tbsp powdered sugar


  • 1 cup unsalted butter room temperature
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 Tbsp lime zest
  • 2 Tbsp Santo Tequila Blanco
  • 1 Tbsp Triple Sec
  • 2 Tbsp heavy cream
  • Pinch of salt


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line muffin tin with paper liners.
  2. Sift together flour, baking powder, salt.
  3. Cream butter and sugar. Add eggs 1 at a time, mix well after each addition.
  4. Add lime zest, lime juice, tequila, triple sec, vanilla, lime extract.
  5. Add dry ingredients in 3 batches alternating with buttermilk. Mix only until combined.
  6. Divide batter between muffin cups. Bake approximately 20-25 min. until toothpick shows only moist crumbs.
  7. Brush the tops of cupcakes with glaze.
  8. Allow cupcakes to cool 10 min. in pan, then remove to cooling rack.
  9. For icing: cream butter and sugar together. Add zest, tequila, triple sec, add in cream and beat approximately 5 min. more until light and fluffy.
  10. Pipe or spread icing on cooled cupcakes. Garnish with lime slices or zest. Enjoy!

If baking cupcakes from scratch is too intimidating for you, a store-bought plain cupcake can be jazzed up with just the glaze and the icing. Granted, this idea will not have all the delicious margarita flavor, but it is a simple semi-homemade twist.

Since Santo Tequila is used in the glaze and the icing, these cupcakes should just for the adults. Although the amount of tequila isn’t tremendous, the alcohol is still present. Make sure that the kids have a separate sweet treat for dessert.

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Why not make some margarita cupcakes to serve with that margarita for National Margarita Day. Life is too short not to enjoy the sweet life.