If I were to rank what I imagine to be the benefits of living on a tropical island, I think that directly underneath the obvious (living at the beach), there would be guava, guava, and more guava.  Fresh guava is one of the most wonderful things I have ever consumed.  Ben and I took an amazing trip to St. Lucia several years ago and the guava juice at breakfast every morning was just incredible.  I still think about it all the time.  (In case you couldn’t tell by me waxing all poetic about it.)

Well, we don’t exactly get fresh guava here in the midwest, but there is canned guava nectar in the Mexican aisle at the grocery store.  Obviously it isn’t as heavenly as the stuff fresh from the tree, but I was pleasantly surprised to read the label and find instead of a list of artificial flavors, colors and preservatives, it is mostly water and guava puree.  And what better way to enjoy it than turn it into a margarita, right?  I love all varieties of margarita – classic, fruity, fancy pants – and I’m glad to have another lovely combo to add to the repertoire.  Especially because it involves guava.


  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup freshly squeezed lime juice*
  • ½ cup guava nectar
  • ¾ cup tequila
  • 1/3 cup orange liqueur
  • Lime wedges and coarse salt, for garnish


  • 01

    In a small saucepan, combine the sugar, water and lime juice.  Heat until the sugar has dissolved.  Transfer to a pitcher and refrigerate until well chilled.

  • 02

    Stir in the guava nectar, tequila and orange liqueur. Divide amongst ice-filled margarita glasses garnished with lime wedges and salt.

  • 03

    *Freshly squeezed lime juice is key. The bottled stuff is a joke!  I recently bought this citrus juicer for when I need to juice more than one or two limes and it has become one of my favorite things ever!


  • Those margaritas are looking so delicious! I love an original cocktail!

  • Tasha

    I am on a margarita kick right now. Can’t wait to try these!! Hoping my small town grocery store will have the canned guava. Last weekend we made Kiwi Cilantro Margaritas. Have you tried that? Going to search your site for more margarita recipes.

  • Wendy Colon

    Well, I don’t want to brag or anything, but since I actually live on a tropical Island (Puerto Rico), I have to say, having guavas available anytime is pretty amazing!!! :) Thanks for this recipe!!!

  • annieseats

    Jealous! Enjoy all that fresh guava :)

  • Jill Faulder McOwen

    My husband and I honeymooned in St. Lucia… at one of the Sandals all-inclusive resorts. That’s been about 13 1/2 years ago now and I’d actually forgotten about how good the guava juice was. What we remember more was the Bounty-brand rum :) We’ve tried to find that in the states, but have never been successful. Definitely going to be making these margaritas this Cinco de Mayo. Thanks for jogging my memory about guava!!

  • Oh yum. I’m not sure I’ve ever eaten fresh guava, but now I totally want to.

  • Sarah

    These look delicious!! But when do you add the guava nectar?

  • Liz N.

    I am totally making this on Cinco de Mayo! I love guavas! Have you see the prices of limes recently?! Liquid gold, I tell ya! That juicer looks intriguing. Now, to slip that gadget into the house without my hubby noticing!

  • These look great! One of my favorite cafes has a Brazilian grilled cheese with guava paste in it, and it’s so amazing. I will have to try these margaritas next.

  • Jackie

    Yes!!! I also went to St. Lucia and the guava’s are amazing. We even toured the Twin Pitons and we were given guava picked right from a tree. What flavor!! What scent! What an amazing delectable fruit

  • Guava mojitos are my drink of choice and always remind me of summers at the beach. I love the unique flavor of the guava. I can’t wait to try it with the tequila in margarita form!

  • annieseats

    Sorry, fixed that :)

  • I love guava juice – and will most definitely be giving this a try in the coming weeks. Feels so good to *finally* say that! :)

  • Elizabeth Walker

    Guava is such a fun flavor twist on a classic!

  • Tracy

    I love all those little cans of fruit nectars in the Mexican food aisle! They are great for jazzing up sangria too!

  • Oh, I miss my guava tree! Missed my chance at making some boozey goodness.

  • I’m actually not sure that I’ve ever had anything guava flavored. Which now seems like a terrible life choice. Hopefully lime prices won’t go up too much before I get a chance to make this marg!

  • Heather (Goodlicious)

    This recipe looks so fun! We wanted to let you know that we included it in our post with a list of ideas for a fun Cinco de Mayo party. goodlicioso.blogspot.com

  • Renee

    While I have a passion fruit vine and a papaya tree in my backyard, I don’t have a guava tree. I’m pretty sure I have so co-workers who could hook me up, though. Especially if I shared my margaritas with them. Living in Hawaii is pretty sweet.

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  • Morgan

    What brand of guava nectar did you use?

  • annieseats

    I don’t recall. It probably doesn’t make a huge difference though – just use your favorite. Enjoy!

  • Morgan

    Thank you!