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Margaritas are citrus-forward cocktails, made with tequila, fresh lime juice, and other simple ingredients. Perfect for any happy hour or Taco Tuesday, they're also a delicious option for Cinco de Mayo celebrations.
The more I work with cocktails and spirits, the more margaritas have become my most favorite cocktail. Which is why you’ll find a lot of margarita recipes and variations on this site (including a Non-Alcoholic Margarita that I’m pretty proud of)!
You’ll need a few tools for a great homemade margarita, including a cocktail shaker, jigger, lots of ice, and a rocks glass. Stock up on limes, and pick up a red grapefruit. You’ll also want silver tequila (the clear kind), and orange liqueur. You can use agave nectar or agave syrup to sweeten your drinks, or use simple syrup (my fave since I can make it at home).
Bar Tools for Margaritas
What to Serve with Margaritas
Looking for delicious and authentic Mexican recipes to go along with your margaritas? Check out two of my favorite Mexican food bloggers - Isabel at isabeleats.com and (fellow Michigander) Sarah at growingupsarita.com.
About Cinco de Mayo
Before we dive into this delicious list of citrus-based cocktails with salted rims, let’s do a quick review of the Cinco de Mayo holiday so we know what we’re celebrating and why.
- Cinco de Mayo IS a celebration of Mexican culture, but it is NOT Mexican Independence Day. (That’s in September.)
- In Mexico, Cinco de Mayo celebrates the Mexican Army’s victory over the French Army at the Battle of Puebla in 1862. (Source) In the U.S., it’s also a celebration of Mexican-American culture.
- Cinco de Mayo became a holiday in Mexico in 1867.
- Up until the 1980s and 1990s, Cinco de Mayo was mostly celebrated in Mexico in the state of Puebla, and in the U.S. by Mexican-Americans as a source of cultural pride. (Source).
- In the 80s and 90s, food and beverage companies started using the holiday as a marketing push to get American’s eating and drinking more Mexican food and especially, imported Mexican beer which led to much of the Cinco de Mayo parties we know today. (Source)
9 Delicious Cinco de Mayo Drinks
Refreshing Triple Citrus Margarita Cocktail Recipe
Fresh lime, grapefruit juice, and fresh squeeze orange juice combine for my favorite twist on a margarita. This is the recipe to make for people who tell you they don’t like tequila.
4 Ingredient, Classic Tequila Margarita
A classic margarita only needs 4 ingredients, the aforementioned lime and simple, plus blanco tequila and orange liqueur (or triple sec). The “house margaritas” at most Mexican restaurants, this classic recipe is hard to beat.
Refreshing Blackberry Margarita Recipe
Traditional margarita meets fresh berry flavor with this blackberry margarita. Served on the rocks with a salted rim, this delicious margarita recipe is one of my favorite ways to enjoy blackberries.
Easy, 4 Ingredient Hibiscus Margaritas
These are the best margaritas when it comes to gorgeous color. Hibiscus flowers have a natural citrus flavor that makes them an ideal addition to the classic margarita.
Non-Alcoholic Margarita Mocktail on the Rocks
A salt rim and fresh fruit juices combine to make this margarita mocktail recipe one you won’t realize is alcohol-free. It’s bright and refreshing and delicious!
A subtle twist on a classic cocktail, this elderflower margarita will definitely level up your Taco Tuesdays.
Easy Frozen Mango Margaritas (and Mock-ritas)
There has to be one frozen margarita on the list. This blended treat is made with frozen mango and is the perfect cocktail to easily turn into a mocktail that everyone can enjoy.
Prickly Pear Margarita Recipe
Not too sweet, slightly floral, and full of fresh flavors, a prickly pear margarita is a fun twist on the classic tequila cocktail.
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