A great margarita is an absolute necessity for a proper Cinco de Mayo celebration. Fresh limes? Check. Tequila? Check. These are just the beginning for a truly creative margarita. Check out these 11 margarita recipes for an inventive and inspiring take on a classic cocktail that pairs beautifully with some chips and a fresh batch of guacamole.
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Our big-batch margarita recipe is perfect for a fiesta—so if you’re quarantining alone this Cinco de Mayo, cut down on the ingredient amounts accordingly. No matter the size of the batch, it’s super simple: just blend fresh watermelon chunks, strain to remove the pulp, then combine the fresh watermelon juice, lime juice, tequila, and peach liqueur. Garnish with a lime wedge for a refreshing and summery take on a traditional marg. Get our Watermelon Margarita recipe.
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This is like an adult version of your favorite summertime 7-Eleven Slurpie (and predates White Claw Slushies by a long time). Simple syrup, lime juice, agave tequila, and Cointreau are the magic ingredients that come together as an icy, refreshing, and not-too-sweet margarita. Get our Slushy Blended Margarita recipe.
Frozen strawberries aren’t just for smoothies; blended with tequila, simple syrup, lime juice, and triple sec, they make for a delicious cocktail to keep you cool. Get our Frozen Strawberry Margarita recipe. (For a tropical twist, try this Strawberry Coconut Margarita recipe too.)
If you’d rather spice things up, chile-infused tequila makes for a very memorable margarita. Guava nectar provides a sweet counterpoint to the heat. Try making it with mezcal for a smoky note that harmonizes with both flavors. Get our Red Chile Guava Margarita recipe.
This may be the most refreshing margarita you’ll ever have, thanks to the cool, green cucumber juice in the mix. Yellow Chartreuse provides another intriguing layer of flavor in this vibrant drink. Get our Cucumber Margarita recipe. (And try our Celery Margarita recipe too.)
Fresh tangerine juice takes the place of lime in this simple update, but it’s surprisingly effective. The taste is a little softer and a little sweeter, and a lot more aromatic; plus, the citrus echoes the orange liqueur that’s already in the drink. Get the recipe.
Frozen sliced peaches, combined with tequila, peach liqueur, lime juice, simple syrup, ice, and Domaine de Canton (a ginger liqueur), are combined for a flavorful and icy margarita. Get our Frozen Ginger Peach Margarita recipe. Garnish the glasses with tangy Tajín seasoning for some extra flair.
Pour a glass of this and you’ll find the tequila and lime you’d expect from a margarita, plus fresh mint and sparkling water, all sweetened with velvet falernum, which is a deliciously exotic liqueur well worth adding to your regular bar cart roster. Get our Mojito Margarita recipe.
Agua de jamaica is a traditional Mexican drink made from steeped dried hibiscus flowers, which lend a tart flavor and amazing purple color to the drink. Adding tequila and Grand Marnier to turn it into a cocktail is a fantastic upgrade, and almost tastes like a sangria-margarita hybrid. Get our Hibiscus Margarita recipe.
Think of this as a bubbly margarita—and an extremely easy drink, too (just three ingredients if you don’t count the ice). Fresh lime and tequila team up with fizzy grapefruit soda like Squirt for a surprisingly complex sip. Get our Paloma recipe.
11. La Pinela
OK, so this is more of a close cousin to the margarita, but the tequila and lime are there. So is the simple syrup, though it’s scented with cinnamon. And instead of orange liqueur, there’s Licor 43, a sweet and spicy Spanish elixir that does have some citrus notes. Plus, there’s fresh pineapple juice to top it all off. Get our La Pinela Pineapple Cocktail recipe.
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