15 Best Margarita Recipes: Creative Flavors For Your Summer Party

Cocktail Recipes

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From Margarita's humble beginnings in Mexico, it has risen to become one of the favorite drinks today due to its simple ingredients, effortless preparation, versatility, and taste.

This classic tequila-based cocktail is served almost everywhere, whether it be restaurants, clubs, or bars. Good thing you don't have to go out to enjoy it! If you want to know various ways to make this tasty concoction right at the comfort of your home, try these 15 best margarita recipes.

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1. Classic Margarita

Can't get enough of the no-fuss margarita? This one is definitely for you! This classic margarita recipe is perfect on any warm summer day. The ingredients are simple — tequila, lime juice, and orange liqueur with some ice thrown in for good measure. 

However, the best part of this cocktail comes down to how you shake up your concoction before pouring it into your glass or serving it over ice cubes.

Ingredients

Steps to Make

  1. Add lime juice, Cointreau, and tequila to a shaker tin. 
  2. Add ice and shake well. 
  3. Dip the rim of the glass in water and into the salt. 
  4. Pour the contents of the shaker into the glass. 
  5. Garnish with a lime wedge.

2. Mango Margarita

This frozen mango margarita recipe is the perfect way to cool off this summer. The tangy, frosty drink has a sweet taste and pairs well with chips or salsa for an added layer of flavor. 

Mango Margaritas have an icy, refreshing taste that will make you feel fabulous even on a hot day. If you're looking for something to pair with your favorite Mexican dishes or your new favorite drink of choice, this is it!

Ingredients 

Steps to Make

  1. Muddle mango cubes with lime juice in a shaker tin. 
  2. Add the freshly squeezed orange juice, simple syrup, and tequila. Add ice and shake the container well. 
  3. Wet glass rim with a lime wedge and coat in chili-lime salt.
  4. Strain over ice in a glass. 
  5. Garnish with mango slices and edible flowers.

3. Pomegranate Margarita

Pomegranate margarita is a sweet and fruity cocktail, perfect for happy hour. A common variation is to substitute the pomegranate juice with cranberry or raspberry flavorings, but it's also deliciously made traditionally in either lime-limeade or lemonade varieties. You can garnish this drink however you like - even adding maraschino cherries! 

Ingredients 

  • 2 Slices fresh ginger
  • 1 oz. Fresh pomegranate juice
  • 1 oz. Fresh lime juice 
  • 0.75 oz. Agave syrup
  • 0.5 oz. Fresh orange juice
  • 2 oz. Tequila 
  • Chili lime salt

Steps to Make

  1. Muddle ginger and lime juice in a shaker tin. 
  2. Add agave, pomegranate juice, a squeeze of orange juice, and tequila.  
  3. Shake well with ice.  
  4. Strain over ice into a rocks glass.
  5. Garnish with lime and pomegranate seeds.

4. Tamarind Margarita

a glass of Tamarind Margarita

When it comes to making a margarita at home, it’s better to start with something simple. Instead of the traditional, how about giving a tangy twist to the classic? The tamarind margarita is straightforward to make and something you should try at least once. 

This margarita cocktail recipe has a semi-sweet texture, and the tamarind adds that tanginess to the whole concoction. If you want, you can also create a tamarind pineapple margarita that just requires the addition of pineapple to the drink.

Ingredients

Steps to Make

  1. Rub the chili powder across the rim of your margarita glass, and then wet it with some citrus fruits like lemons.
  2. In a blender, add all the ingredients: ice, tequila, orange liqueur, tamarind nectar, and simple syrup.
  3. Blend it until the mixture is smooth, and then pour it into the prepared glasses. 

5. Chocolate Margarita

a glass of Chocolate Margarita

A welcome twist to the classic margarita recipe - the chocolate margarita adds choco goodness without compromising on the very essence of this drink. It’s very creamy and has a delightful texture. 

Don’t assume that the drink will only have the flavor of chocolate because it also has fruity citrus notes. It only requires a preparation time of 5 minutes. And if you do it right, this will be one of the best margaritas you will ever have.

Ingredients

Steps to Make

  1. Rub some cocoa and sugar so that it becomes consistent in a grainy texture.
  2. Wet the rim area with citrus fruits and some cocoa sugar. 
  3. Take a blender and add ice, tequila, chocolate, liqueur, cream, and bitters. 
  4. Pour it into a glass and top it with chocolate shavings. 
  5. Serve and enjoy. 

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6. Gummy Bear Margarita

A glass of gummy bear margarita - Image by thespruceeats.com

A glass of gummy bear margarita - Image by thespruceeats.com

Even if you’re grown-up, you would never forget the feel of those gummy bears you munched on as a kid. 

The unique gummy bear margarita is made using raspberry-kiwi tequila, watermelon liqueur, triple sec, sour mix, cranberry juice, and grenadine. Creating this drink is super easy as you just need a few gummy bears and watermelon to mix it all up.

Ingredients

  • 1 (25 oz.) Bottle Blanco tequila
  • 1 cup Raspberries
  • ⅓ cup Kiwi (peeled, sliced)

Steps to Make

  1. In an infusion jar, add the raspberries and kiwi and fill with tequila. 
  2. Seal the jar, shake well and store it in a cool place for 5 days. 
  3. Strain out all the fruits and serve.

7. Pineapple Chili Margarita

 a glass of pineapple chili margarita

If you're looking for the perfect refreshment to keep you cool this summer, then look no further! This pineapple chili margarita is a refreshing and light beverage made with tequila instead of vodka like most margaritas. The chili gives it an extra kick without being too spicy so that anyone can enjoy it.

Ingredients

Steps to Make

  1. In a cocktail shaker, put some ice, tequila, orange-based liqueur, lime, and pineapple juice along with some hot sauce. 
  2. Shake it vigorously and then strain all of it in an ice-filled glass. 
  3. Garnish it with some pineapple slices. 

8. Hpnotiq Margarita

a glass of Hpnotiq Margarita

The Hpnotiq margarita is the perfect drink to sip on a hot summer day. It's fruity, refreshing, and has an alluring blue tint that will make you want to stare at it for hours. The French liqueur mixes well with tequila while adding its unique flavor of tropical fruit juices.

Ingredients

Steps to Make

  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and all ingredients inside.
  2. Shake all the ingredients well enough. 
  3. Strain it into a chilled margarita or a cocktail glass and garnish with lime. 

9. Tequila Sunrise Margarita

a glass of Tequila Sunrise Margarita

The tequila sunrise margarita is a refreshing drink made with tequila, orange juice, and grenadine. The name comes from the sunrises in Mexico, where colors are often seen to create an unforgettable experience, and it's no different when you mix these ingredients at home! This is a great way to start your day or end one on a high note.

Ingredients

Steps to Make

  1. Put some salt on the rim of your glasses and run a lime wedge around the rim. 
  2. Pour some grenadine into the glass and let some slide down the glass. 
  3. Add ice, triple sec, some orange juice, sour mix into a blender, and blend until smooth.
  4. Pour in the content of the blender into the prepared glasses until the color mixes pretty well. 
  5. Garnish with a lime wheel and serve.

10. Coco Margarita

 a glass of Coco Margarita

Don’t mistake this drink for including chocolate because it’s nowhere close to it. Instead, it is made using lime juice and pineapple. Coco margarita can be thought of as a combination of pina colada and margarita.

It’s an excellent summer party drink that you can enjoy with friends and family at home. This drink also has a hint of coconut cream, resulting in a frothy beverage that makes you feel fabulous.

Ingredients

Steps to Make

  1. Take a cocktail shaker and fill it with ice and pour in the ingredients. 
  2. Shake well and strain the concoction into a chilled margarita glass. 
  3. Garnish it all with a pineapple wedge. 
  4. Serve and enjoy.

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11. Blue Lagoon Margarita

 a glass of Blue Lagoon Margarita

Blue lagoon is a fruity and tangy margarita that is refreshing and sinfully delicious. Served in a salt-rimmed glass with ice, the tart lime syrup balances well against the sweet blue curaçao, while the tequila takes it up a notch.

The trick of blending two parts of orange juice helps keep this cocktail from tasting too sugary without giving up on all its sweetness. This is just what you want out of your happy hour drink!

Ingredients

Steps to Make

  1. In the shaker, put ice, tequila, blue curacao, pineapple juice, and lime juice. 
  2. Shake the container well and strain it into a chilled margarita or cocktail glass. 
  3. Finish it with a splash of lemon-lime soda. 

12. Look Better Naked Margarita

a glass of Look Better Naked Margarita

It's the perfect time for a drink. The "Look Better Naked Margarita" will have you feeling good all over! It has many ingredients, but with tequila and triple sec as base spirits, what else could it need? You'll be able to feel confident in any situation after this delectable cocktail that leaves your body craving more!

Ingredients

Steps to Make

  1. Mix some salt and peppercorns, and rub them on the cocktail glass. 
  2. Wet the rim and use a cut lime and place those glasses in the freezer. 
  3. Remove the rosemary leaves and muddle them nicely in the cocktail shaker. 
  4. Add the liquid ingredients and shake vigorously until the shaker is frosted. 
  5. Strain into prepared glasses and top it with some rosemary sprig. 

13. Jamaica Margarita

a glass of Jamaica Margarita

The perfect way to start your day right! Jamaica margarita is made with fresh lime and oranges. A splash of simple syrup is added for sweetness then you're ready to add the most crucial ingredient - tequila!

Ingredients

  • 6 cups Water
  • 2 cups (2 oz.) Dried Jamaican flowers
  • 3/4 cup Granulated sugar to taste
  • 3 oz. Agua de Jamaica (chilled)
  • 1 ½ oz. Tequila Tezón Blanco
  • 1 oz. Simple syrup
  • ½ oz. Lime juice
  • Lime wedge for garnish

Steps to Make

  1. Gather the ingredients and put them to a boil. 
  2. Add flowers and sugar and stir until the mixture boils for a minute or two. 
  3. Pour into a non-corrosive bowl and steep for 20 minutes. Then let it rest for 2 hours. 
  4. Strain the mixture using a fine mesh.
  5. Taste to know if it’s very strong. If it’s too potent, add water. If it’s too tart, add sugar. 
  6. Cover and refrigerate until it’s up for a serve. 

14. Honey Rose Margarita

 a glass of Honey Rose Margarita

This is a delicious and healthy margarita recipe that will have you feeling refreshed in no time! The fresh citrus juice, rose water, honey, and Blanco tequila combine to create this perfect drink for any occasion.

Ingredients

Steps to Make

  1. Add all ingredients to a shaker with ice.
  2. Shake and strain into a rocks glass over ice.
  3. Garnish with rose petals (fresh or dried).

15. Spicy Cucumber Margarita

This best margarita recipe is spicy, sweet, and refreshing. The tequila is mixed with fresh lime juice, cucumbers, jalapeños for a bit of heat and topped off with ginger beer to give it that fizzy kick that will have you coming back for more!

Ingredients

  • 4 Cucumber slices
  • 2 Jalapeno slices 
  • 1 oz. Fresh lime juice
  • 1 oz. Agave syrup
  • 2 oz. Tequila
  • Shaved cucumber for garnish

Steps to Make

  1. Add cucumber, jalapeno, and fresh lime juice to the shaker tin. 
  2. Muddle well. 
  3. Add agave syrup and tequila. 
  4. Add ice and shake well.  
  5. Strain over ice cubes into a rocks glass.

Conclusion

If you're looking for a quick and delicious cocktail recipe to add to your repertoire or simply want some new ideas on how to make the classic margarita at home, try these 15 recipe variations. Mix and match ingredients from each one until you find the perfect combo for you! 

Which of these margarita recipes is your favorite?

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