Whether they’re “on the rocks” or “frozen”, margaritas make the perfect accompaniment for steamy summer days. And while there’s nothing wrong with a classic recipe—traditionally agreed upon to include tequila, triple sec or Cointreau, fresh lime juice and a salt rim—many variations of this crowd-pleasing libation have popped up over the years. Some of the best today being created by mixologists around the world utilize fresh seasonal ingredients over the sugary purees of early 2000s margarita past. Check out some of our favorites summer marg recipes—with a healthy does of fruit—to slurp down for the rest of summer 2018 right here:
Casa Noble Margarita Punch
1.5 oz Casa Noble Crystal Tequila
0.5 oz lime juice
1 oz pineapple juice
0.75 oz simple syrup
Place Casa Noble, lime juice, pineapple juice, and simple syrup into shaker with ice.
Shake until chilled. Strain into glass; top with soda and bitters. Garnish with a pineapple wedge.
1 Cup Fresh blueberries, extra for garnish
1 Ounce Lime Juice
2 Ounces Tequila
1 Ounce Grand Marnier
Lime Wedge, for rim
Salt, for rim
Muddle blueberries and lime juice in a cocktail shaker. Add tequila, Grand Marnier, and ice, then shake well to combine. Before pouring, coat rim of glass with a lime wedge, then dip in salt and rotate until fully coated. Strain cocktail into glass with ice and garnish with extra blueberries.
Ginger Watermelon Margarita from The Springs in Brooklyn, NY
2 parts Milagro blanco tequila
4 parts watermelon juice
.75 lemon juice
.5 ginger syrup
Make ginger syrup with 2 parts sugar to 1 part fresh ginger juice, stirred together at room temperature until the sugar dissolves.
Stir all ingredients together dry, then pour over ice or throw in your slushy machine!
La Fresa Margarita from El Naranjo Restaurant in Austin, TX
1.5oz Cimarron Silver Tequila
2 whole muddled strawberries
.5oz agave nectar
1 oz lime juice
Muddle strawberries at the bottom of a glass. Combine all other ingredients, stir, and strain over ice.
Meximelon Margarita by Marcel Vigneron of Wolf Dining Los Angeles
4oz Fresh Watermelon
3/4 oz Fresh lime
1 1/2 oz Tequila or Mezcal (or 50/50)
Salted Rimmed Collins glass
Mint Sprig and Watermelon Triangle Garnish
Shake all ingredients and strain.
Boracho Amigo at The Skylark in New York City
1.5 oz. Mezcal Repo
1 oz. Tanteo
.5 oz. Lime Juice
.5 oz. Pineapple JC
.5 oz. Agave
Skewered pineapple and jalapeño
Muddle two grilled pineapple chunks in a tin, combine and shake all ingredients. Strain into a Tampico salted rocks glass with ice and garnish with skewered pineapple and jalapeno.
Cenote Tequila Passionate Rita
1 ½ oz Cenote Blanco Tequila
½ oz Cointreau
Drops of habanero or chili sauce (to taste)
½ fresh maracuja pulp scooped
½ fresh lime Squeezed
15ml. ½ oz Passion fruit syrup
Shake and strain into a rocks glass. Garnish with a sea salt and chili crust
Dragon Fruit Margarita by The Social Sipper
Lime juice and pink Himalayan salt, for rim
1/2 oz red dragon fruit
1 oz lime juice
1 oz orange liqueur
2 oz tequila
Use lime juice to salt the rim of your glass. Muddle dragon fruit and lime juice in a cocktail shaker. Then, add tequila, triple sec and ice to the shaker. Shake for 30 seconds and strain into a glass over ice.
“The Housewife” Margarita from Kandi Burruss’s Old Lady Gang in Atlanta, GA
1.5oz Roca Patron Silver
Agave, as desired for sweetness
.5oz Patron Citronage
Equal parts lemon, lime, and orange juice
Combine all ingredients over ice and garnish with fruit slices.
The Citric Margarita from Haven Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa
2 oz Shrubs of Yellow Lemon*
1 1/2 oz Tequila Reposado or Sotol
1 Branch of Cilantro (Coriander)
Red Pepper Slice
3 Large Ice Cubes (Crushed)
Mix all the ingredients in a Shaker (except Cilantro, Red Pepper & Salt). Dip Rim of Glass with Lemon then into salt. Pour in mix & Garnish with Cilantro and Red Pepper.
*Shrub of Yellow Lemon:
- Ginger Syrup (3 oz Fresh Ginger Slices / 1/2 Qt Water / 1 Cups Sugar / Salt Pinch)
Place Ginger, Sugar, Water & Salt in a Saucepan, Heat to Boil & Heat to 45 Minutes. Let Cool. Keep for one Week Under Refrigeration.
- 2 Parts of Lemon Juice
- 1 oz Apple Vinegar
Mix Ginger Syrup, Lemon Juice & Apple Vinegar. Ready to use.
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