We love margaritas, in all their various colors and flavors. The simple blend of tequila, lime juice, and orange liqueur in the right proportion never fails to charm—even outside of the margarita glass. Here are 9 recipes, from skirt steak to cake, that take the classic Cinco de Mayo cocktail as inspiration.
1. Margarita-Marinated Skirt Steak
Beef marinated in all the elements you expect in a margarita (tequila, Cointreau), and some you don’t (cilantro, garlic). An avocado-tomatillo salsa is the perfect accompaniment. Get the recipe.
2. Grilled Margarita Chicken
Margarita mix joins orange juice, cilantro, garlic powder, tequila, triple sec, and honey in this ultimate Cinco de Mayo barbecue dish. Serve with lime wedges and a pitcher, naturally, of margaritas. Get the recipe.
3. Fruit Cocktail with Margarita Dressing
This mix of watermelon, pineapple, jicama, mango, and strawberries get a quick toss with lime juice, silver tequila, and agave nectar. Bright, fresh, and all grown up. Get the recipe.
4. Fresh Margarita Chicken
Chicken breasts get drunk on flavor in a marinade that includes orange and lime juices, garlic, tequila, and agave nectar. After grilling, top with perfect guacamole for a healthy meal. Get the recipe.
5. Margarita Salad with Tequila-Lime Dressing
A salad of baby spinach, strawberries, mango, avocado, and red onion turns extra-special when it’s paired with a tequila-laced lime juice and agave nectar dressing. It’s pretty much the healthiest margarita you’ll ever meet. Get the recipe.
6. Margarita Cookies
Delicate butter cookies flavored with grated lime peel and a touch of orange extract. A discreet amount of food coloring gives them a bright green color, and a tequila and powdered sugar glaze gives them authentic sass. Get the recipe.
7. Tequila Lime Margarita Cake
Tequila and lime juice go into the batter for this luscious butter cake, a lemon syrup keeps it moist, and a cream cheese frosting spiked with citrus and tequila makes it a party. Get the recipe.
8. Mini Margarita Bundts
Lemon cake mix gives you a headstart, while lemon pudding mix guarantees a moist texture. Tequila and triple sec, meanwhile, ensure a fiesta-like kick. Get the recipe.
9. Strawberry-Margarita Pie
The rich, creamy filling in a crisp graham cracker crust includes a strawberry purée, cream, and sweetened condensed milk, with a little kick from tequila and triple sec. Get the recipe.