The Best Margarita Recipes

Margaritas make everything better, especially Taco Tuesday, Cinco de Mayo and regular Tuesdays. These are the best margarita recipes to make the next time you’re craving one!

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Sugar or salt? Frozen or on the rocks?

Sour mix or fresh lime juice? Bottom shelf or top shelf? Classic or flavored?

These are all the ways we can customize margaritas. The results are endless!

That’s evident in this list of best margarita recipes I put together for you.

The margarita may not be the most popular drink in Mexico (that would be the paloma) but it is a stalwart element of any Taco Tuesday, Cinco de Mayo celebration or girls’ night menu.

What’s amazing about a margarita is that there’s something for everyone. It’s an incredibly customizable cocktail.

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How to customize a margarita

Here are a few ways you can customize a margarita to make the best margarita ever:

Rim: Choose from the classic salt or sugar, or make it fancy with an infused salt or infused sugar. If you go the salt route, I like this cocktail salt.

Tequila: I always recommend choosing the best liquor you can afford, but a bottle in the mid-range will be a good choice. I prefer silver, reposado or añejo — here’s a guide to picking the right tequila for you. You can even opt for mezcal for a smokier flavor. You can even infuse your tequila (like this spicy jalapeño tequila

Triple sec: Triple sec is what provides the orange-flavored undertone. More top-shelf brands like Cointreau or Grand Marnier are sure to make your margarita taste more complex than regular triple sec.

Flavor: Lime is the classic option here — preferably with fresh lime juice but sour mix works too. You can also add in any number of flavors, through fruits and juices. Don’t miss the list below for some ideas!

Sweetener: I like to use agave nectar — tequila also comes from the agave plant, so it’s a natural match-up. But a plain or flavored simple syrup also works well in a margarita.

Garnish: A lime wedge is classic, but feel free to mix it up. Use a strawberry on a strawberry marg or a slice of pineapple on a pineapple version. A sprig of herbs works too!

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From taco night to girls' night, Strawberry Basil Margaritas are the freshest summer sipper around. With all the tastes of the farmers market, these tequila-based beauties are sure to be a fan favorite. (via feastandwest.com)
Strawberry Basil Margaritas
From taco night to girls’ night, Strawberry Basil Margaritas are the freshest summer sipper around. With all the tastes of the farmers market, these tequila-based beauties are sure to become fan favorites.
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Spicy Jalapeño Blackberry Margaritas really hit all the taste buds so you can savor ever single sip. Make it with homemade jalapeño-infused tequila and tailor them with your desired amount of heat. Cheers to summertime! (via feastandwest.com)
Spicy Jalapeño Blackberry Margaritas
Spicy Jalapeño Blackberry Margaritas really hit all the taste buds so you can savor ever single sip. Make it with homemade jalapeño-infused tequila and tailor them with your desired amount of heat. Cheers to summertime!
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www.stetted.com
Mason Jar Margaritas
These margaritas can me made and stored ahead of time right in a mason jar! Make a big batch for a party.
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Beerita
The Beerita is a beer margarita recipe that's perfect for sipping while watching the the big game or for just any night of the week.
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www.thespeckledpalate.com
Cherry Lemonade Margaritas
Don't these Cherry Lemonade Margaritas look amazing? That rosy color is sure to brighten any party.
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two glasses of margarita sangria next to a pitcher of the same
Margarita Sangria Recipe
Margarita Sangria combines all the refreshing flavor of your favorite tequila drink with your favorite fruity wine drink. This sangria uses white wine, tequila and citrus to bring you a margarita flavor that can easily serve a crowd.
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www.cakenknife.com
Lemon Agave Margarita
A margarita with lemon not lime? YES. If you don't have lime on hand, no worries. You can still make a wonderful drink!
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joyfullymad.com
Prickly Pear Margaritas
These bright pink margaritas taste like the desert to me — you're sure to find these on a menu across the Southwest. Now you can make them at home!
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Margarita Granita is a frozen tequila lime dessert for Cinco de Mayo! (via feastandwest.com)
Margarita Granita
Margarita Granita is part snow cone, part cocktail, part sorbet. It’s all of these and none of them all at once. It’s a lot like a frozen marg, but you don’t even need a margarita machine!
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www.cakenknife.com
Limeade Margaritas
No sour mix? Use limeade instead! Make your own limeade or buy it from the store for an adult twist on this childhood favorite.
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Two glasses of blue margarita with limes on a napkin.
Frozen Blue Margaritas
Ice cold and blue, these frozen blue margaritas are perfect for cheering on your favorite blue team! (Team Elsa or Team Anna?)
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www.simplywhisked.com
Pineapple Mezcal Margarita
Pineapple is a great addition to a margarita. It's a sweet way to give your margarita a tropical twist.
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www.cakenknife.com
Peach Blueberry Margarita
Peaches and blueberries are great partners for tart lime. Bet you can even use frozen fruit here!
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Ever wanted to take cocktails to a tailgate? Make them ahead of time! These black and blue Bottled Tailgate Cocktails are pre-mixed drinks you can pack in a cooler for your next football pre-game party. (via feastandwest.com)
Blue Habanero Margarita Bottled Cocktail
This bright blue margarita is one you can make ahead, bottle and store in the fridge ahead of your next party.
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joyfullymad.com
Simple Orange Lime Margarita
Isn't the orange color of this cocktail just gorgeous? The fresh orange juice adds color and sweet flavor to the classic marg recipe.
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Sweet Blood Orange Margaritas // Feast + West
Blood Orange Margaritas
Blood orange puts a sweet, fresh and bright twist on the classic margarita.
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www.thespeckledpalate.com
Cantaloupe Mint Margaritas
Melon and mint go beautifully together. Try them in this margarita!
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Watermelon Orange Margarita Punch // Feast + West
Watermelon Orange Margarita Punch
This bright pink punch is a delicious cocktail you can serve en masse for a party. It tastes so fresh — just like summer!
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www.cakenknife.com
Pomegranate Margarita
Tart pomegranate is a wonderful addition to an already tart cocktail.
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www.thespeckledpalate.com
Apple Cider Margaritas
Margaritas aren't just for summertime. Try them in the fall with apple cider as a sweet addition.
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Cheers to the best margarita recipes ever! Which one will you make? //susannah

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