Margarita Cheesecake

  • 4 ounces graham crackers (4 cups)

    5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

    1/3 cup sugar

    1 tablespoon grated lime zest 


    1 1/2 pounds (three 8-ounce packages) cream cheese, room temperature

    1 cup yogurt, room temperature

    3/4 cup sugar

    2 tablespoons Triple Sec or Grand Marnier

    2 tablespoon tequila

    1 tablespoon grated lime zest

    4 large eggs, room temperature

    1 pinch kosher salt

    Limes, very thinly sliced, for garnish

    • Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a food processor, pulse graham crackers until fine crumbs form (you will have a little more than 1 cup). In a small bowl, add sugar and rub the lime zest in to it. Add the sugar-lime mixture and melted butter; process until combined. 

    • Press evenly in bottom and 1 inch up sides of a 9-inch springform pan. Bake until golden brown, about 9 minutes. Transfer to wire rack to cool completely or chill in refrigerator until ready to use.

    • Reduce oven temperature to 325 degrees. Wrap exterior of springform pan with a double layer of foil. Set a kettle of water to a boil. 

    • In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat cream cheese on medium-high speed until fluffy and smooth, about 3 minutes, scraping down sides of bowl as needed. Reduce speed to medium. Mix in yogurt, sugar, triple sec, tequila, lime zest and lime juice; beat until well incorporated. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each.

    • Pour cream-cheese mixture over cooled crust (filling will come up higher than crust). Set springform pan in a roasting pan; carefully pour in enough boiling water to reach halfway.

    • Bake on center rack until cake is set and slightly firm to the touch, about 65 minutes. Transfer springform pan to a wire rack and remove foil; let cool completely. Refrigerate until chilled, at least 6 hours or up to overnight. Run a knife around edge of cake to loosen before unmolding. 

    • Garnish top of cheesecake with lime slices and a sprinkle of salt.