Saransh Goila’s Guava Margarita Tastes Of Nostalgia

Cocktails don’t always have to mean fancy numbers in tall glasses, they could just be an embodiment of your favourite childhood flavours. And what’s more, most of the time, they’re easy enough to whip up in the comfort of your own home. Top chef and author, Saransh Goila proved this when he took to social media and shared the secrets behind one of his favourite cocktails, the Pink Guava Margarita.

Echoing the sweet and spicy flavours of the roadside snack, the cocktail turns fruity freshness into a delicious icy drink in minutes. And since no Margarita is complete without adding a salt-rimmed glass he’s incorporated a hint of chilli powder for an extra kick in every sip. 

This is a great cocktail to make in bulk for a night with friends or even at the end of a long day when you feel like you deserve to treat yourself. 


Guava Paste

  • 3 pink guavas
  • 1 green chilli
  • A handful of mint leaves
  • ½ cup of water


  • 60 ml simple syrup
  • 2 lemons
  • 60 ml tequila
  • 60 ml triple sec or Cointreau
  • 4 tbsp guava puree
  • A pinch of salt
  • ½ cup water
  • 2-4 Ice cubes

Salt Rim Mix

  • 1 tsp red chilli powder
  • ¼ tsp powdered sugar
  • ½ tsp black salt
  • ¼ tsp salt


  • Start by blending up all the ingredients for the Guava Paste in a blender until smooth.
  • Pour that mixture through a fine mesh strainer in order to remove any large lumps that might remain.
  • Create your sugar syrup by adding equal parts of sugar and water to a saucepan and boiling on low heat until all the sugar is dissolved. Allow the syrup to cool before using.
  • In a cocktail shaker or large tumbler mix the syrup, juice of the 2 lemons, tequila, Triple Sec or Cointreau, guava puree, salt and water. 
  • Drop in a few ice cubes, put the lid on the shaker and shake it for 2-3 minutes until the ingredients are cold and well combined.
  • Before serving, mix together the chilli powder, sugar, salt and black salt on a shallow plate, dampen the rim of your glass and gently press it into the powder. 
  • Pour in your Margarita and enjoy!