The Margarita is undeniably one of our favorite go-to summer thirst quenchers. We usually start drinking them around May 5th (or as they say in Mexico, Cinco de Mayo) and we stop around May 4th, the following year. We thought we’d share with you, not just one margarita recipe, but 7 fun margarita recipes to add some variety to your tequila intake.
Once upon a time in Mexico…. and it’s about here where the real origin story of the margarita gets muddled. There is a Mexican named Carlos who goes by “Danny”, a Ziegfeld dancer allergic to alcohol, a Dallas socialite, (actually named Margarita) who had a vacation home in Acapulco, a showgirl, and then some guy named Jose Cuervo (have you heard of him)? I wish all of these characters were in the same story, it would definitely be a Bestselling Summer Beach book, but alas, no one knows for sure where the first margarita recipe actually came from. The above cast of characters all claim to have played a part in the margaritas history, but be honest, do we really care? Let’s just get down to the business at hand. Drinking them!
Now before anyone starts to spilt hairs, any research you find, will most likely say that a classic margarita contains tequila, lime juice and some type of orange flavored liqueur. However, for our take on the classic, we eliminate the orange liqueur, but don’t worry, we still promise a good margarita recipe. Don’t fret, your beloved Cointreau will make an appearance or two in the following six other recipes, so read on and drink up!
Click here to check out our “The Classic” Margarita Recipe.
Three things you’d like to have if stranded on a desert island? Perhaps tequila, watermelon and refreshing mint would be a good list. But if you take our advice, combine those three and you’re free to pick two more (you’re on your own with that). We can help you with a watermelon-mint margarita recipe though.
Click here to check out our Watermelon-Mint Margarita Recipe.
What would summer be without turning up the heat? This margarita, from Dan Lerner, who’s palate is on fire, is a must-have to accompany the smoky flavors of anything hot off the grill from your backyard BBQ. This Fireside Margarita can also cool you down as you turn up the heat on a summer eve sitting in front of a campfire. Don’t be afraid of the Scotch, we’ve tested this four and five and six times…. It’s a winner! If you want to ‘mez’ around, try replacing the Scotch with a Mezcal for an entirely different layer of smokiness.
Click here to check out our Fireside Margarita Recipe.
Fresh citrus fruit is widely available all summer long, so we thought we’d take advantage and just add tequila for a Vitamin C packed punch. For this one we are lengthening your rope and letting you go citrus crazy. We went all out with grapefruit, lemon, lime and orange, but we trust you to come up with your favorite combo, and you really can’t screw it up.
Click here to check out our Citrus Cinnamon Margarita Recipe.
The crisp coolness of a cucumber is the perfect way to add a twist on a traditional margarita. This combinations screams summer and is more than refreshing with each sip.
Click here to check out our Cucumber Margarita Recipe.
This is a strawberry margarita with a kick! We wanted to spice up a just regular fruity marg and so we added some black pepper and chilies. I think by now we’ve shown you a thing or two about some tequila, so here is something to do with all of the luscious summer strawberries that you can pick up at the farmer’s market.
Click here to check out our Spicy Strawberry Margarita Recipe.
This spicy sweet sugar water is the perfect addition to kick up the heat in the aforementioned strawberry margarita. You’ll be very happy to know that one batch makes plenty of leftovers. It is so scrumptious on it’s own, you may be tempted to slurp it up with a straw.
Click here to check out our Black Pepper/Chile Simple Syrup Recipe.
Alright, we know it’s summertime and you are busy unpacking from your weekend away and re-packing for your mid-week pool parties and still have to get the shopping done for the backyard barbecue, all in record breaking time so you can make the most of prime tanning hours. We understand this and we have a way for you not to miss out on the deliciousness of a margarita, without any preparation and yet all of the benefits. Keep it simple, have a Purist.
Click here to check out our “The Purist” Margarita Recipe.
Have fun making your way through the 7 Best Margarita Recipes! Don’t forget to wear your sunscreen if you are testing these in the sun. We have found, the more margaritas we consume, we tend to forget things like re-applying (learn from our mistakes). And we strongly recommend that you hydrate with lots of water. You’ll thank us in the morning. SALUD!
David is the resident nerd around these parts. Running a popular tech blog (TheUnlockr.com) for the past 6 years, he’s taken his over-analytical mind and made the transition to food.