Cinco de Margarita! Italian Edition

Looking for creative ways to celebrate Cinco de Mayo this year? Take a departure from traditional margaritas and try some with an Italian twist! In honor of my first Cinco de Mayo living in Sicily, here are 5 Margarita recipes with just a little bit of Italy in them!


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Italian Margarita


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Italian Margarita with Amaretto

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz Tequila

  • 1 1/2 oz Fresh Lime Juice

  • 1 oz Fresh Lemon Juice

  • 1/2 - 1 oz Amaretto

  • Lemon, lime or orange wheels

  • Sugar for rimming the glass

Directions:


Use a piece of the cut lime to wet the rim of your glass. Pour a thin layer of sugar onto a small plate and press the rim of the glass onto the plate. Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker and shake vigorously. Pour over ice and garnish with a slice of lemon or lime. A little Italy, a little Mexico. Olé!

Serve in:


Margarita glass or small tumbler



Prickly Pear Margarita


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Prickly Pear Margarita

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 oz Tequila

  • 1/2 oz Cointreau

  • 1 1/2 oz Fresh Lime Juice

  • 1/2 oz Fresh Lemon Juice

  • 1 Tbsp Prickly Pear juice

  • Lime wedge (optional)

  • Sugar for rimming the glass

Directions:


Use a piece of lime to wet the rim of your glass and press or roll it onto a plate of sugar. Add all drink ingredients to a cocktail shaker and shake it up. Pour over ice. Garnish with lime wedge or leave it plain to let the prickly pear juice shine!

Serve in:


Margarita glass, short tumbler, or small mason jar



Blood Orange Margarita


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Blood Orange Margarita with Dehydrated Oranges

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz Tequila

  • 1 1/2 oz Fresh Lime Juice

  • 1/2 Ounce Simple Syrup

  • 1 - 2 oz Fresh Blood Orange Juice

  • Dehydrated blood orange wheel

  • Sugar and orange zest

Directions:


Use a piece of lime to wet the rim of your glass. Combine a tablespoon of sugar with a small amount of orange zest on a plate and press or roll the rim of your glass into it. Combine the liquid ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Shake vigorously and pour over ice. Make it super fancy by garnishing with a dehydrated orange wheel!

Serve in:


Margarita glass



Limoncello Margarita


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Limoncello Margarita

Ingredients;

  • 2 oz Tequila

  • 2 oz Creamy Limoncello 

  • 1 1/2 oz Lime Juice

  • 1 oz Lemon Juice

  • 1/2 oz Simple Syrup or Agave Nectar

  • 1/2 cup crushed ice

  • Lemon slices and zest

Directions:


Use a cut lemon to wet the rim of your glass. Combine a small amount of sugar and lemon zest on a plate and press or roll the rim of your glass into it. Add liquid ingredients and ice to a cocktail shaker, and shake until your hand gets cold. Pour into glass. Garnish with a lemon slice and pucker up!

Serve in:


Margarita or martini glass



Red Wine Margarita


Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 oz Tequila

  • 1 oz Fresh Lime Juice

  • 3/4 oz Simple Syrup

  • 1/2 oz Red Wine

  • Lime wheel for garnish

Directions:


Add tequila, lime juice, and simple syrup to a cocktail shaker, fill with ice and shake until your hand gets cold. Strain the liquid into a glass. Pour the red wine over the back of a spoon to create a very cool layered effect!

Serve in:


Margarita glass or other stemmed glass



Happy Cinco de Mayo, and happy margarita drinking!


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