If you’re a margarita fan like us, you will love all of these margarita recipes. We’ve added fun ingredients like coconut and hibiscus to the classic margarita to make concoctions you’ve never had before! There is a margarita recipe for every season.
Margaritas are a classic cocktail from Mexico. It’s traditionally made with tequila, lime juice and usually an orange liqueur. However, there are so many wonderful versions that are beyond delicious!
There are also many ways you can serve a margarita. We served mini margaritas in tiny tequila bottles at brunch and they were such a hit! You can even serve them in mini martini glasses which look cute too.
Also check out all of our favorite tequila cocktail recipes.
A Brief Margarita History
Margarita history starts with Margaret Sames. In 1948, she invited some guests over for a cocktail party and decided to experiment with some alcohol. She mixed Cointreau and tequila with a bit of lime and salt around the edge of the glass. That’s who invited the Margarita.
What’s in a margarita?
There are 4 main ingredients in a good margarita:
- Orange Liqueur
- Lime Juice
- Agave syrup or Simple Syrup
It’s nice to have a complete set of bar tools on hand to make cocktials. Here some essential items you’ll need to make any these recipes.
Citrus Squeezer – To squeeze limes and lemons.
Cocktail Shaker – Buy one with a built in strainer to make it easier.
Cocktail Jigger – Makes it easy to maeasure the cocktails.
Blender – A powderful blender for frozen margaritas.
Now that you know the history of a margarita, what’s in it, and the tools you need to make them, it’s time to start making them! Here are our favorite margarita recipes. They’re all unique and use fun ingredients to make them festive and seasonal.
This margarita is made with lime juice, orange juice, tequila and agave. It’s super refreshing and the perfect summer cocktail.
One of my favorite recipes is our honeydew margarita. It’s light and refreshing and has the perfect mix of honeydew, lime and, of course, tequila!!
Lemon Margarita Recipe
We swapped out the lime juice and replaced it with lemon juice in this lemon margarita recipe. This is a great recipe for spring and summer.
A strawberry margarita is made with a strawberry simple syrup, fresh strawberries, lime, tequila and cointreau.
Coconut margarita made with only 3 ingredients and shaken to perfection. Truly one of our favorites for a summer day.
This hibiscus margarita is a lovely twist on the classic margarita cocktail and boy does it pop! With its rich color and lovely tangy taste, it’ll be a hit at parties. Plus it’s pretty darn simple to make, only 4 ingredients!
Salt Air Margarita
Every now and then, you come across a cocktail that just opens your eyes to new sensory experiences. This Salt Air Margarita cocktail is a unique twist on the classic. Topped with a delicious and light foam, this is the perfect margarita!
Yellow Grapefruit Margarita
We have a yellow grapefruit tree in our backyard and it inspired our yellow grapefruit margaritas! If you can’t find the yellow grapefruit, the pink grapefruit will work too.
Carrot Margarita Recipe
This carrot margarita is the perfect Easter brunch. Trust us when we say, this is delicious and refreshing! It’s a brightly colored brunch cocktail that is packed with fresh juice, give it a try, you won’t be disappointed!
This lemonade margarita recipe only has 3 ingredients and can be made ahead of time, it’s a simple yet perfect party cocktail. Make is with homemade lemonade or furthermore, you can use a light store-bought lemonade to make it quick.
Margarita Berry Party Punch
This margarita punch recipe is made with Chambord and it’s really good. The perfect blend of sour and sweet and serving it over ice dilutes the cocktail making a perfectly refreshing drink!
Frozen Margarita Pops
We may have just found the perfect delivery system for margaritas! These frozen margarita ice pops are so fun and so tasty, perfect for summer parties and entertaining. Pack them up with some ice packs and have a boozy picnic, why not!
Need a margarita for the holiday season? Try this cinnamon pomegranate margarita recipe. It has cinnamon simple syrup, pomegranate juice, and tequila. The flavors all pair nicely together and make a delicious Christmas cocktail.
How to Salt a The Rim of a Glass
As we all know, margaritas are best with a salted or spiced rim! The sweet, salty and sour mix is perfection! Here’s the best way to salt a rim:
- Place water in a shallow plate
- Place salt in a shallow plate
- Dip the empty glass into the water and then into the salt.
Tips for Making Margaritas
Taste Test – The biggest tip we can give for making any cocktail is that you always taste test. Use a small spoon to sample the cocktail. If you feel it needs more sweetener, add more!
It’s important to note that ingredients won’t always taste the same, depending on the brand you use, how fresh the fruit is or how tart the lime is. So always taste test!
Fresh Fruit – Always use fresh fruit! Never buy lime juice or lemon juice in a package. Using fresh fruit, berries and other ingredients will make the best cocktails.
Shake It – Margaritas are shaken cocktails and a crucial part of the process. When making, shake with ice for more than 20 seconds so the water can dilute the cocktail making it less intense when strained.
Dried Orange Slices – We keep dried orange slices on hand to add to our cocktails.
Edible Flowers – We use flowers often to add charm to our cocktails. Check out our edible flower chart to learn more about what flowers you can use.
Clear Ice – You can make clear ice and use it in this drink. The larger ice cubes are great for melting slowly.
Pink Ice – Adding pink ice to a cocktail is a fun way to create a vibrant color.
When to Serve a Refreshing Margarita
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the best tequila for margaritas?
If you want to make the very best Margarita, you need the best Tequila. You need the gold standard of Tequila.
You can choose Patrón Silver. This Tequila offers notes of fruit and agave that complement your Margarita.
You can also choose Herradura Tequila Anejo. It’s a kind of Tequila that boasts of rich citrus flavor with a hint of red pepper. Although, this particular Tequila can be pricy.
A really great priced Tequila is the Olmeca Altos Plata. It is priced at a very reasonable $25 and it goes well with Margarita mix. Another reasonably priced Tequila is the Casa Noble Añejo, which is priced at $57.
Using a good tequila makes a difference. Here are 5 good options:
- Casamigos Blanco
- Silver Patron
- Cazodores Tequila Reposado
- Espolòn Reposada Tequila
- Casa Noble Tequila Crystal
Need more reccomendations? Check out these 10 tequilas for margaritas.
What can I use instead of triple sec in a margarita?
If the recipe calls for orange liqueur you can also use Cointreau. You can also use orange juice. However, fresh orange juice is less sweet so you’ll have to compensate for the sweetness.
How Much Alcohol Is in the Margarita?
Typically, there are two ounces of Tequila in a Margarita. You can add more or less depending on how you like the taste of Tequila in your Margarita.
In addition to Tequila, you also add one ounce of orange liqueur, but this is optional depending on the kind of Margarita you are having.
What is the Best Tequila and Glasses for Margaritas?
You always need the traditional Welled Margarita Glass. It offers a wide rim for you to put salt or sugar on it. It’s an elegant design that’s perfect for Margaritas.
Let us know if you make any of these by leaving a comment below. We would love to know what you think.
Margarita Recipes – Classic Margarita
- 2 ounces blanco tequila
- 1 ounce lime juice
- 1/2 ounce orange liqueur
- 1/2 ounce agave , or simple syrup
- Add the tequila, lime juice, orange liqueur and agave into a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
- Shake for 20 seconds to diltue the ingredients.
- Strain into a salted rimmed, margarita glass filled with ice.