This Margarita Recipe Swaps Tequila For White Wine, and Wow, It's Refreshing

POPSUGAR Photography | Anna Monette Roberts
POPSUGAR Photography | Anna Monette Roberts

Those who have terrible tequila memories (say aye) or who simply want to shake up the traditional margarita, adding white wine instead of tequila to the ingredient list will instantly transform the drink. This frozen margarita-inspired cocktail is made with Pinot Grigio, orange juice concentrate, and lime juice, and is seriously fresh. The citrusy flavor mixed with the acidity of the wine matches the margarita's classic flavors so exceptionally, it makes us wonder why this isn't more widely made. Whether you're winding down from a busy day with a relaxing happy hour or you're looking for an easy go-to cocktail recipe for summer al fresco dining, this Pinot-grita is all you need. Grab the white wine and say goodbye to tequila forever after you sip on this refreshing new libation. Cheers!

Additional reporting by Lauren Harano


Cook Time5 minutes
Yield4 servings

Adapted from Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi


    • Lime wedges, to garnish
    • Salt, to garnish
    • 3 cups Pinot Grigio, like Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi
    • 3/4 cup frozen orange juice concentrate
    • 1/2 cup lime juice, freshly squeezed
    • 3 cups ice


    1. Place salt in a plastic bowl, wide enough to fit the rims of margarita glasses. Rub each rim of the margarita glasses with a lime wedge. Then dip each glass into the bowl of salt to coat the rims. Set glasses aside.

    2. In a blender, combine wine, orange juice concentrate, lime juice, and ice in blender. Crush until smooth. Divide into 4 salt-rimmed glasses, and garnish with lime wedge. Serve immediately.