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Margarita Cheesecake has all the splendid flavors of a classic Margarita cocktail! A perfect, refreshing, homemade cheesecake for dessert on a hot summer’s eve! This Easy Cheesecake Recipe has a burst of citrus in every bite and is dense, creamy and delicious.

 Margarita Cheesecake slice on a white dessert plate garnished with an orange and lime slice

Margarita Cheesecake

Just the thought of Key lime pie, slushy margaritas and Margarita cheesecake make my mouth water. Tart citrus balanced with enough sugar to take away the pucker make all three treats tops in my book. For this cheesecake, the usual cream cheese, sour cream, eggs and sugar are flavored with lime juice, lime zest plus Grand Marnier and tequila. Enough for a little zip…plus, if you didn’t realize, alcohol is a flavor enhancer. Just like salt. So all the additions play a role in making one sweet, tangy and limey dessert. Perfect for our Tex-Mex party today.

Margarita Cheesecake overhead view garnished with citrus slices

Margarita cheesecake is softer and creamier than a typical cheesecake.

I swooned with every cool, luscious bite. I started with a sliver, then went back for another sliver, then another. I should have started with a standard slice…I’m sure I ate my fair share plus some extra! I must have needed some vitamin C. Yeah, that’s my story.

There are a couple of important kitchen tools that you will need to make this easy cheesecake recipe:

 Margarita Cheesecake on a white serving plate

Tex-Mex Dinner Menu:




Main Course





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Welcome to another edition of Progressive Eats, our virtual version of a progressive dinner party. If youโ€™re unfamiliar with the concept, a progressive dinner involves going from house to house, enjoying a different course at each location. With Progressive Eats, a theme is chosen each month, members share recipes suitable for a delicious meal or party, and you can hop from blog to blog to check them out.

We have a core group of 12 bloggers, but we will always need substitutes and if there is enough interest would consider additional groups. To see our upcoming themes and how you can participate, please check out the schedule at Creative Culinary or contact Barb for more information.

This monthโ€™s theme is Tex-Mex hosted by Milisa of Miss in the Kitchen. Margarita Cheesecake - An exquisite citrus cheesecake with the flavors of a margarita!

Margarita Cheesecake

Margarita Cheesecake

A dreamy cheesecake with all the flavors of a classic Margarita cocktail

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Yield 12 servings


  • 1 1/4 cups vanilla wafer cookie crumbs
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 3 8-ounce packages cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 2 cups sour cream
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 3 tablespoons Grand Marnier
  • 3 tablespoons tequila
  • 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 2 teaspoons lime zest
  • 4 eggs, at room temperature
  • Very thin orange and lime slices, to garnish, optional


  1. Preheat oven to 350º. Mix cookie crumbs and butter till blended. Press crumbs onto bottom and 1-inch up sides of 9 inch springform pan. Refrigerate while preparing filling.
  2. Using a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, beat cream cheese until fluffy. Add 1 cup sour cream, 1 cup sugar, Grand Marnier, tequila, lime juice and lime zest and beat until well blended. Add eggs 1 at a time, beating just until blended.Remove bowl from mixer and use spatula scrape bowl to make sure batter is well mixed.
  3. Pour filling into crust. Bake until center is just set, about 50 minutes. Mix remaining 1 cup sour cream, ¼ cup sugar and 1 tablespoon lime juice in small bowl. Pour over cheesecake. Using spatula, smooth top. Bake cheesecake for 5 more minutes. Place pan on rack and cool to room temperature. Refrigerate until well chilled, at least 4 hours or overnight. Run knife around pan sides to loosen cake. Remove pan sides. Garnish cake with orange and lime slices.

Total time: 8+ hours with cooling and chilling times


Adapted from The Food Network


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49 comments on “Margarita Cheesecake”

  1. Tequila! This cheesecake sounds and looks a-m-a-z-i-n-g!

  2. I could use some vitamin C too!!! Your cheesecake looks beautiful Liz:@)

  3. That’s making my mouth water too, Liz! Key lime pie is one of my favourites, and this version looks spectacular. Maybe I need a little extra vitamin C today, too!

  4. I’d be going back for seconds. And thirds. And fourths! Glorious cheesecake, Liz!

  5. Liz, love this progressive eats thing! and your cheesecake is perfection. Seriously, perfection. Looks so good!!! love this! and love a sweet, tangy and limey dessert any day!!

  6. What a beautiful beautiful cheesecake! All I need is a fork and a corner to eat this in!

  7. Wow! Cheesecake with a kick and I am so loving this dessert! It’s beautiful, as well, but that I expect from you. I love the citrusy tang best of all, which is so perfect at the end of our fabulous Tex-Mex dinner! Now, one slice of each dessert… would leave me room for seconds?

  8. Liz – this is gorgeous! The perfect way to top off our Tex-Mex dinner!

  9. What a scrumptious and beautiful dessert, Lizzy! ๐Ÿ˜€

    I wouldn’t be able to control myself either around this cake ^_^


  10. Vitamin C is really important! I need some right away – I’ve got a cold, could you fed-ex to me?

  11. Even though I can’t have a slice of this margarita cheesecake, I have quite a few friends who’ll love me for bringing it into THEIR lives! ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. Pinned –

  13. How pretty does this look with the thin slices of citrus on top! Gorgeous, Liz. I’ve never had a cheesecake with booze in it before but I’m very willing to give it a try xx

  14. LIZ omg you have combined my fave drink and dessert – could this BE any better? ๐Ÿ˜€

    Choc Chip Uru

  15. OMG such a great idea for a cheesecake- YUM!

  16. This looks like a perfectly delicious way to get my vitamin C. I like the way you think!

  17. Your cheesecake looks perfect! What a wonderful idea !

  18. What can I sub for the grand marnier?

    • Hi, Cindy,
      Any orange liqueur would work…I’ve substituted Cointreau or triple sec. But you can also leave it out or even substitute 3 tablespoons of orange juice, though the color might muddle the color of the cheesecake. Good luck! I’m sure it will be delicious however you make it!

  19. What a great cheesecake, Liz . . . love, love, LOVE all things LIME! This is so perfect for your progressive dinner! Lip-smacking delicious!

  20. What a fantastic cheesecake! It’s decorated so nicely, too – it looks lovely!

  21. Yum! that cheesecake looks so refreshing.
    When you’re eating cheesecake it’s always very heavy (good, so good, but heavy ๐Ÿ™‚ ),
    but this cake looks so light and refreshing!

  22. Wow… It looks beyond scrumptious and pretty, Liz! Tex-Mex we go…

  23. So summery and so very welcome this time of year.

  24. I just LOVE cheesecake! This looks incredible, love the gorgeous white topping – yum!

  25. Vitamin C deficiency should be taken seriously. I’m glad you took all precautions =)

  26. Oh baby!! This beauty has my name all over it!! I’m a margarita girl at heart and I LOVE that you added the Grand Marnier to the cake. When I come to visit someday this is my request!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  27. you are so wonderful! You are so creative and i love the way you designed the top of the cake. This looks like an unbelievable cheesecake. I love it

  28. I’ve always wanted to make one of these! Sounds much better than drinking them! Perfect, Liz. Ia m swooning, too!

  29. Love the twist you put in this cheesecake. A bit of alcohol plus lime and the right sweetness sounds like balance ๐Ÿ™‚

    ~Do drop by and say hello ๐Ÿ™‚
    Gourmet Getaways

  30. Not bad, Liz! Can I have a slice?

  31. Grand Marnier and tequila? I am sold, little to do with the fact that is it cheesecake too lol. I contacted Bar the first time you posted, never got an answer ๐Ÿ™

  32. I’ll take my vitamin C any day with your luscious looking cheesecake, Liz…And I’ve got to experiment with Grand Marnier and Tequila to see if they are indeed flavor enhancers =)

  33. I can consistently count on you to show up to the party with a wonderful dessert, Liz, and always so beautifully presented. I LOVE your margarita cheesecake!

  34. I already know I would LOVE this cheesecake in all it’s boozy glory! It looks fantastic!!

  35. What an exquisite cheesecake, love the margarita flavor!

  36. If you didn’t hide this cheesecake properly, I would devour the whole thing! It looks perfect!

  37. This is wonderful.. really love the idea of using a bit of Grand Marnier in a cheesecake recipe. Sounds good to me ๐Ÿ™‚

  38. Booze and cheesecake?! Has to be one of my favorite dessert and beverage combo. Ever ๐Ÿ˜€

  39. Oh my, Liz!!!!! This looks spectacular! I am drawn into this cake and I can’t take my eyes away from it. Lots of pumpkin cheesecake recipes floating around but I actually want this way more than my favorite pumpkin cheesecake. What a surprise! I even want to special order this cake… I think I have to make this myself. Ok can’t stop drooling!

  40. Hi Liz…. I felt sure I had commented on this one, but if not OUTSTANDING! YUM! Shared and pinned.

  41. Lizzy,
    Great idea for a cheesecake. I love cheesecake. I looks so creamy and decadent.

  42. This was so awesome I made it twice in 3 days. My Venezuelan friend said she ‘loved my lemon pie’! I used some sour orange with limes from my garden, and added some passionfruit reduction to the topping….yummmm

  43. I vote for this recipe as “Most Perfect Cheesecake Ever.” The only problem – I’d never be able to stop having just one more sliver until the whole thing was gone ๐Ÿ™‚

  44. Oh the sensation of the creaminess of this cheesecake with the flavor of a margarita…I’m in heaven!

  45. Wow, I’m on a roll. I just visited a blog where she’d made a pina colada cheesecake. I want both!

  46. Parabรฉns por essas delicias!!!!
    Amei de paixรฃo H7M DELICIA EU QUERO NOSSA!!!

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