Cinco de Margarita!

Updated: Jun 17

Looking for ways to celebrate Cinco de Mayo at home? Ditch the store bought mix and take your fiesta to the next level with these Margarita recipes!



Nothing says Mexico like a Margarita. Whether you like it sweet, sour, or a little bit of both, you can’t go wrong with this classic drink. So let’s get down to business. I have recently been on a mission to make a restaurant quality margarita without using pre-made mix. After much taste-testing (yes, the struggle is real), I hit the jackpot! Whether it was the tequila or my new-found confidence talking, I’m not sure, but I decided to try my hand at a few other flavors.


In honor of Cinco de Mayo, here are 5 easy Margarita recipes you can make at home!



Classic Margarita


Natural ingredients and ridiculously easy to make. Like music to your taste buds, this Classic Margarita will have you hearing mariachi bands in your head!


Ingredients:

  • 2 oz Tequila

  • 1 1/2 oz Fresh Lime Juice (about 1 - 2 medium to large limes)

  • 1/2 oz Fresh Lemon Juice (about 1/2 of a medium to large lemon)

  • 1/2 oz Simple Syrup

  • 1/2 oz Grand Marnier

  • Lime wedge

  • Kosher Salt or Sea Salt (optional)


Directions:


Use a piece of the cut lime to wet the rim of your glass. Pour a thin layer of salt onto a small plate and press the rim of the glass onto the plate. Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker and shake a few times. Pour over ice and garnish with a slice of lime.

Disclaimer: I don't like salt on my margaritas, so it's not in the picture.

Serve in:


Margarita glass or small tumbler



Chamborita


It’s a Margarita with a French twist. A simple recipe with a Chambord floater. The famed raspberry liqueur gives this drink the perfect combination of sweet and sour!


Ingredients:

  • 2 oz Silver Tequila

  • 1 1/2 oz Lime Juice (about 1 - 2 medium to large limes)

  • 1/2 oz Simple Syrup

  • 1/2 oz Chambord


Directions:


Fill glass half full with ice. In a cocktail shaker, combine simple syrup, lime juice, and tequila and shake. Pour contents of shaker into glass over ice. Top with Chambord floater by slowly pouring it in a circular motion on top of the drink.

Serve in:


Margarita glass or short tumbler



Raspberry Pomerita


If you want something really special, try the Raspberry Pomerita. It only has a few ingredients, but it’s big on flavor. With Chambord and pomegranate juice, this will have you dreaming of beach resorts and ocean breezes in no time!


Ingredients:

  • 3 oz Silver Tequila

  • 1 oz Lime Juice (about 1 medium to large lime)

  • 1 1/2 oz Chambord

  • 1 1/2 oz Pomegranate Juice

  • 1/2 cup crushed ice

  • Sugar for glass rim

  • Lime wheel

Directions:


Rim glass with sugar. Put the crushed ice in a cocktail shaker. Add ingredients and shake until your hand gets hold. Pour all contents of shaker into glass. Garnish with a lime wheel. To serve on the rocks, shake up just the drink ingredients and serve over cubed ice. For a frozen version, blend drink ingredients in a mixer with half to one cup of ice.

Serve in:


Margarita glass (or the biggest glass you can find!)



Coco-Rita


Looking for a more tropical feel? Try a Coconut Margarita! It’s delightfully refreshing, and surprisingly simple. Take a sip and close your eyes. Aaaaahhhh.



Ingredients;

  • 1 1/2 oz Tequila

  • 1/2 oz Cointreau 

  • 1/2 oz Lime Juice (about 1/2 medium to large lime)

  • 1 oz Coconut Cream

  • 1 oz Half & Half (Substitute with Coconut Milk if you like a strong coconut flavor)

  • 1/2 cup crushed ice

  • Lime wedge (optional)

Directions:


Add all drink ingredients to a cocktail shaker, and shake it like you mean it. Pour contents of shaker into glass. Garnish with lime wedge.

Serve in:


Margarita glass or short tumbler



Paloma


Technically this isn’t a margarita, but I feel it deserves to have a spot here. This traditional Mexican cocktail combines the tangy flavor of grapefruit with a classic margarita. Just a hint of sweetness, with a little kick...just how a margarita should be.


Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 oz Tequila

  • 1/2 oz Fresh Lime Juice (about 1/2 medium to large lime)

  • 1/2 oz Simple Syrup

  • 4 oz Grapefruit Seltzer Water

  • Lime wheel

Directions:


Add tequila, lime juice, and simple syrup to a glass and stir to combine. Fill the glass half full with ice. Top with grapefruit seltzer water and garnish with a lime wheel.

Serve in:


Margarita glass or small tumbler



Happy Cinco de Mayo, and happy margarita drinking!


Looking for more cocktail recipes? Visit my Travel Inspired Cocktails page.


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