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11 of the Best Margarita Recipes to Make at Home

Annadin Sorbito

Posted on May 17 2021

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The best cocktail that people can’t get over easily is the margarita. With different variations coming from different cocktail enthusiasts, there’s no way you can’t make one that you haven’t tried before. Yes! There are various types of margaritas and the recipes are very easy to pull off. So, whenever you are in the mood of making margaritas for yourself or for your friends, you can right away find a recipe that’s worth drooling over and refresh your body on a summer day. 

The natural flavors of margarita should be sour or acidic since the main ingredient is lime juice. Plus the salt in the rim of the glass will intensify the saltiness in this cocktail drink. The sweet flavor of tequila can be tasted too but not too much that you used to experience in a regular tequila drink. You don’t have to worry about the bitterness of the other ingredients used because everything can be neutralized with lime juice.

How to Make A Margarita?

Making the classic margarita is very simple. You only need four ingredients namely salt, tequila, lime juice, and orange liquor. All these ingredients can be easily bought in the nearest grocery store or even at your own kitchen counter. You can also choose to buy bottled lime juice or make one at home for you to save more money in making a margarita. Making this timeless drink is very easy, you just need to follow the best margarita recipe we have presented below. 

1. Classic Margarita 

classic margarita recipe

Ingredients

In making fresh lime juice, you will need to cut the lime into two and use a squeezer to get the juice out of the lime. Add a small amount of sugar, salt, and water and stir until the added ingredients dissolve.  

In making the simple syrup, set to medium heat, and combine the sugar and the water in a saucepan. Stir until the sugar dissolves. Let it cool before using the mixture for the next steps.

Directions

  1. Use a cocktail shaker to mix the ingredients such as triple sec or simple syrup, lime juice, tequila, and crushed ice for 15-30 seconds.
  2. Add the ice cubes and shake again until cold.
  3. Salt the rim of the copper mug, then strain the mixture from the cocktail shaker.
  4. Garnish with mint leaves or lime wedges and serve.

2. Strawberry Margarita

Strawberries are one of the most used fruit in making a cocktail. Aside from the beautiful color, it can give to the drink, it has complete flavors that are sweet, sour, and juicy, perfect for a cocktail. Moreover, strawberries can easily be found in the nearest grocery stores or even right in your own garden if you have one. The use of strawberry will help burst the sweetness in your mouth for you to enjoy your cocktail even on a hot summer day. 

You have the say whether you are going to add sugar or simple syrup to your recipe. Since strawberries are already sweet, you don’t have to add more sweeteners if you only like it mild. If you want it to be overly sweet, then you can add some honey or syrup of your choice. However, there’s nothing you should worry about because the use of salt will help neutralize the sweetness if you are going to salt the rim of a copper mug. The best thing about this margarita recipe is that it is frozen, so it feels exactly the same as a desert more than a cocktail.

Strawberry Margarita Recipe

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Use a blender to mix the ingredients such as strawberries, triple sec, lime juice, tequila, and orange liqueur for 15-30 seconds.
  2. Add the ice cubes and blender again.
  3. Salt the rim of the copper mug, then strain the mixture from the cocktail shaker.
  4. Garnish with strawberry or lime wedges and serve.

3. Mango Margarita

Mangoes can be used as a variation for your margaritas too. However, you should choose the ones that are ripe already because unripe mangoes are very sour, totally not the ideal ingredients for your cocktail drink. On the other hand, ripe mangoes are very sweet and juicy, there may be some hint of sourness but not too much. You can easily identify when it’s ripe when the color turns from green to yellow. Moreover, the texture of ripe mangoes is very soft so it will be easy for you to blend it together with other ingredients of this mango margarita.

This recipe goes well for people that love sweet margaritas too. Since mangoes are naturally sweet, you don’t even need to add other sweeteners not unless you want to make it overly sweet. The refreshment that you seek in this cocktail is doubled because mangoes are already very creamy and thick to consume. 

mango margarita recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces tequila
  • 1 cup mango chunks
  • ½ ounce triple sec 
  • ½ ounce lime juice
  • Ice cubes or crushed ice
  • Coarse salt
  • Lime wedges (for garnish)

In making fresh lime juice, you will need to cut the lime into two and use a squeezer to get the juice out of the lime. Add a small amount of sugar, salt, and water and stir until the added ingredients dissolve.  

Directions

  1. Use a blender to mix the ingredients such as mango chunks, triple sec, lime juice, and tequila for 15-30 seconds.
  2. Add the ice cubes and blender again.
  3. Salt the rim of the copper mug, then strain the mixture from the cocktail shaker.
  4. Garnish with lime wedges and serve.

4. Santa Margarita

For a holiday get-together with family and friends, the best margarita to serve is the Santa Margarita. It is considered a festive margarita because it is usually served during festival seasons. The best fruit to use as the main ingredient is raspberries. Because of its red color, it gives a tantalizing color that highlights the occasion that you are trying to celebrate. Most especially during Christmas where almost all parts of the world are celebrating the same holidays. 

Raspberries are widely available in different stores during their peak season. And even when it’s not time for its production, raspberry can be refrigerated so you can have your own stock to use whenever there is a need to make a Santa margarita. This margarita recipe tastes exactly the same as a flavored raspberry ice cream but you must be careful with your consumption because the alcohol content of tequila can get you drunk.

santa margarita recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces tequila
  • 1 cup frozen raspberries
  • 1 ounce lime juice
  • 1 ounce orange liqueur
  • Ice cubes or crushed ice
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • Lime wedges (for garnish)

In making fresh lime juice, you will need to cut the lime into two and use a squeezer to get the juice out of the lime. Add a small amount of sugar, salt, and water and stir until the added ingredients dissolve.  

In making raspberry juice, you will have to heat the raspberries so that it becomes tender. Once it is tender, you can now muddle the raspberries to get the juice out. Use a strainer to separate the juice extracts and the seeds. Refrigerate until ready to use for your Santa margarita. 

Directions

  1. Use a blender to mix the ingredients such as frozen raspberries, orange liqueur, lime juice, and tequila for 15-30 seconds.
  2. Add the ice cubes and blender again.
  3. Apply sugar to the rim of the copper mug, then strain the mixture from the cocktail shaker.
  4. Garnish with lime wedges and serve.

5. Blue Margarita

Want some high-spirited color for your margarita? The blue margaritas are best for your cocktail needs because it gives a total feels of summertime most especially if you are on the beach with your family and friends. The deep blue color is so refreshing that will surely quench your thirst especially when it starts to get hot. You might be wondering what makes this margarita turn blue and the key factor to that is the blue curacao. 

Instead of using triple sec, you have to use the blue curacao. It has the same flavors as triple sec which has a sweet and bitter taste, the only difference is that it is colored in blue and way sweeter than triple sec. The alcohol volume of blue curacao ranges from 15-40% ABV, this purely depends on the brand you choose. If you don’t how or where to pick the best ingredients, the recipe we have below includes the brands that suit best for the best margarita recipe you can make at home.

blue margarita recipe

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Use a cocktail shaker to mix the ingredients such as triple sec, lime juice, tequila, and blue curacao for 15-30 seconds.
  2. Add the ice cubes and shake again until cold.
  3. Salt the rim of the copper mug, then strain the mixture from the cocktail shaker.
  4. Garnish with lime wedges and serve.

6. Watermelon Margarita

Instead of eating watermelons alone during summer, you should turn them into a margarita drink for you to fully enjoy the qualities and freshness it can give to your body. This cocktail drink surely screams summer because it is very refreshing to consume. The best thing about watermelon is that they can be easily obtained through your favorite grocery stores and even right in your own garden if your place is blessed with watermelon fruits. 

The moment you will know the recipe for watermelon margarita, you will end up sipping this cocktail even when summer is over. The flavor of watermelon is naturally sweet with no hint of bitterness or sourness so there is no need to add sugar. The addition of salt in its ingredients can help neutralize the sweet flavor of watermelon. This watermelon margarita is very easy to make, you can just put all the ingredients in a blender and you get an instant cocktail. 

watermelon margarita recipe

Ingredients

  • 4 ounces tequila
  • 1 ounce triple sec
  • 2 cup watermelon juice
  • 1 ounce lime juice
  • Ice cubes or crushed ice
  • Coarse salt
  • Lime wedges (for garnish)

In making the watermelon juice, you will have to make watermelon cubes and blend them for 10-15 seconds. Use a strainer to separate the watermelon juice from the seeds or pulp. However, if you are the type of person that is okay with drinking cocktails with watermelon seeds, there is no need for you to use a strainer. 

Directions

  1. Use a cocktail shaker to mix the ingredients such as watermelon juice, lime juice, tequila, and triple sec for 15-30 seconds.
  2. Add the ice cubes and shake again until cold.
  3. Salt the rim of the copper mug, then strain the mixture from the cocktail shaker.
  4. Garnish with lime wedges and serve.

7. Cadillac Margarita

The most luxurious one among all types of margaritas is the Cadillac margarita. From the name itself, you can right away identify that this cocktail uses the best and most expensive ingredients there is in the market. Yes, unlike the first few recipes we have mentioned above that come with other fruits as main ingredients, this one only has lime for refreshment. The other ingredients used must be made of high quality because their taste is what highlights the whole cocktail drink.

The only ingredient that you need to remove in Cadillac margarita is the triple sec. You will have to replace it with Grand Marnier which is a French cognac-based spirit, that goes well with the lime juice. The special thing about Grand Marnier is that it is an orange-flavored brandy so you can really taste the bitterness of distilled orange and with some hint of vanilla and oak for an aromatic finish. We don’t recommend the use of bottled lime juice in Cadillac margarita, because the flavors will burst differently when you make your own fresh lime juice.

Cadillac margarita recipe

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Use a cocktail shaker to mix the ingredients such as reposado tequila, lime juice, and Grand Marnier for 15-30 seconds.
  2. Add the ice cubes and shake again until cold.
  3. Salt the rim of the copper mug, then strain the mixture from the cocktail shaker.
  4. Garnish with lime wedges and serve.

8. Skinny Margarita

If you need to keep watch of your calorie intake but still want to enjoy a margarita, you should make the best margarita recipe that has a very low-calorie content. In this way, you can enjoy your margarita whenever and wherever you want because it doesn’t create any negative effect on your health. Most especially if you choose the right ingredients, you will be able to pull off not just a healthy margarita but also a delicious one.

In order to reduce the calorie content in a skinny margarita, you just have to avoid adding more ingredients like the other variations we have previously mentioned. Instead, this recipe must only consist of all-natural ingredients like sweeteners and juices. With this being said, the orange liqueur must be replaced with real orange juice that is also very easy to make at home. Remember that if you use fresh ingredients, the more you will be able to get that extra splash in your cocktail.

In making fresh lime juice, you will need to cut the lime into two and use a squeezer to get the juice out of the lime. Use a strainer to separate the lime juice from the seeds or pulp.

In making fresh orange juice, you will need to cut the orange into two and use a squeezer to get the juice out of the orange. Use a strainer to separate the orange juice from the seeds or pulp.

skinny margarita recipe

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Use a cocktail shaker to mix the ingredients such as tequila, lime juice, orange juice, and agave nectar for 15-30 seconds.
  2. Add the ice cubes and shake again until cold.
  3. Salt the rim of the copper mug, then strain the mixture from the cocktail shaker.
  4. Garnish with lime wedges and serve.

9. Agave Margarita

If in other margarita recipes, the agave is just an add-on to make the cocktail delicious, in this variation, it is the main ingredient that will highlight the flavors of the drink. There is no need for you to add sweeteners because agave has the same flavors as sugar and honey. Agave nectar is one of the ingredients used in making tequila, that’s why it is no wonder this drink goes well with the tequila ingredient needed in a margarita too.

We understand that sometimes the inclusion of fruits in margarita recipes is hard for some, knowing that there is only limited access to grocery stores during the pandemic due to lockdowns and implemented curfew. The best thing about agave is that you can truly experience drinking a sweet cocktail with no hint of bitterness at all. You don’t have to worry about its sweetness either because the salt will neutralize the flavors. 

agave margarita recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces silver tequila
  • 1 ounce lime juice
  • Ice cubes or crushed ice
  • 1 ounce triple sec
  • ½ ounce agave nectar
  • Coarse salt
  • Lime wedges (for garnish)

Directions

  1. Use a cocktail shaker to mix the ingredients such as tequila, lime juice, triple sec, and agave nectar for 15-30 seconds.
  2. Add the ice cubes and shake again until cold.
  3. Salt the rim of the copper mug, then strain the mixture from the cocktail shaker.
  4. Garnish with lime wedges and serve.

10. Spicy Margarita

A tough cocktail enthusiast like you should try a margarita recipe with flavors that are beyond your expectations. Yes, your cocktail drink can be spicy too and this is possible with the use of jalapeno for your spicy margarita. Jalapeno is made of good heat, perfect to make your cocktail spicy upon consumption. And you don’t have to worry about its spice because the use of lime juice’s acidity and other ingredients can provide balance, instead of the mere sweetness, sourness, and bitterness that you experience in a margarita.

A lot of people have different tastes regarding their cocktail and while some would want to freshen up during the summer, other people like the split spice and coolness all in one drink. Only the use of jalapeno can set that mood to make the best out of your cocktail. Just don’t forget to remove the jalapeno seeds for your cocktail to lessen the heat. Or if you prefer it to be very spicy, skip the procedure in which you will have to remove the seeds. 

spicy margarita recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces tequila
  • 1 jalapeno (cut into tiny pieces)
  • Ice cubes or crushed ice
  • 1 ounce lime juice
  • ½ ounce orange liqueur
  • ½ ounce agave nectar
  • Coarse salt
  • Lime or jalapeno wedges (for garnish)

Directions

  1. Use a cocktail shaker to mix the ingredients such as tequila, lime juice, orange liqueur, jalapeno, and agave nectar for 15-30 seconds.
  2. Add the ice cubes and shake again until cold.
  3. Salt the rim of the copper mug, then strain the mixture from the cocktail shaker.
  4. Garnish with lime or jalapeno wedges and serve.

11. Citrus Margarita

One of the most refreshing cocktails is the ones with citrus in their ingredients. And what’s more refreshing than a margarita that uses three citrus fruits, right? Yes, you’ve read that right. This recipe contains orange, lime, and lemon juices with flavors that go together to totally quench your thirst. It tastes exactly like a juice you serve to your family and friends when having breakfast or lunch, the only difference is that it contains alcohol because of the addition of tequila.

The best thing about citrus fruits is that they are available anytime and anywhere. If you have your own garden, you can pick up and make your citrus margarita right away. Unlike other fruits wherein you will have to wait for months for its peak season. Moreover, it is very easy to make a juice out of these citrus fruits, especially that upon peeling and with a few simple procedures, you can right away get the juice out while separating the seeds. The health benefits of citrus include boosting collagen production, so consuming citrus margarita as your favorite cocktail will not only for refreshment but also for clearer skin. 

citrus margarita recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces silver tequila
  • 1 ½ ounce lime juice
  • 1 ½ ounce orange juice
  • 1 ½ ounce lemon juice
  • Ice cubes or crushed ice
  • 1 ounce triple sec
  • Coarse salt
  • Lime, orange, and lemon wedges (for garnish)

In making fresh lime juice, you will need to cut the lime into two and use a squeezer to get the juice out of the lime. Use a strainer to separate the lime juice from the seeds or pulp.

In making fresh orange juice, you will need to cut the orange into two and use a squeezer to get the juice out of the orange. Use a strainer to separate the orange juice from the seeds or pulp.

In making fresh lemon juice, you will need to cut the lemon into two and use a squeezer to get the juice out of the lemon. Use a strainer to separate the lemon juice from the seeds or pulp.

Directions

  1. Use a cocktail shaker to mix the ingredients such as tequila, lime juice, orange juice, lemon juice, and triple sec for 15-30 seconds.
  2. Add the ice cubes and shake again until cold.
  3. Salt the rim of the copper mug, then strain the mixture from the cocktail shaker.
  4. Garnish with lime or jalapeno wedges and serve.

Conclusion

You might be surprised and wondering why we use copper mugs over margarita glass for these margarita cocktails. Well, the copper mug is not only for the Moscow mule but for all types of drinks that require temperature retention. Copper which is a good thermal conductor can retain the temperature of a cold drink. In this way, you don’t have to add more ice that may make your margarita recipe watery.

Moreover, copper mugs come with a lot of health benefits including anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, anti-bacterial properties. If you don’t have a copper mug yet, you can get 100% pure copper mugs on Amazon that come with different accessories too that you can share with your family and friends!

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