There is never a bad time to have margaritas and sometimes it’s even better knowing that you made that delicious drink you’re holding. The only problem is that it’s not a widely known subject of how to make a great margarita. Premade margarita mixes are just not the same as the real thing. Luckily, there are some great recipes out there to make the perfect margarita for the mood you are in. Cooking Channel provided us with just a few of the tons of recipes that are out there for you to choose from.
You can never go wrong with the basics. They are the building blocks that got us to the outrageous drinks that we search for. So, in order to explore all of these new and exotic flavors, you must start at the bottom with the basic margarita.
- 1 ½ oz. silver tequila
- 1 oz. Cointreau
- ½ oz. fresh lime juice
- Splash simple syrup
- Salt rim
- Salted rock glass
- Citrus squeezer
Combine all ingredients into an ice-filled cocktail shaker. Shake until cold and strain into a chilled salt-rimmed glass.
This drink is easy to make and only takes five minutes. It consists of the same ingredients as the basic margarita you know and love, but with a splash of pomegranate. You’ll be sitting by the pool with a glass in your hand in no time.
- 2 oz. tequila
- Splash of Cointreau
- Splash of lime juice
- Splash of pomegranate liqueur
- 2 oz. sour mix
- Lime for garnish
Mix 2 oz. of tequila with a splash of Cointreau, lime juice and pomegranate liqueur. Top off with 2 oz. of sour mix. Squeeze in some fresh lime juice and shake over ice. Serve over ice in a salt-rimmed glass. Garnish with a fresh lime wedge.
Ruby Red Grapefruit Margarita
Since we’re at the age where they don’t make the ruby red slippers Dorothy wore in the Wizard of OZ, we had to come up with something better. This ruby red grapefruit margarita will make you feel just as happy as those slippers did when you were a child.
- 1 wedge Ruby Red grapefruit
- Coarse kosher salt
- 6 ounces tequila
- 1/3 cup Ruby Red vodka
- ¼ cup simple syrup
- 1 cup Ruby Red grapefruit juice, freshly squeezed or from a carton
- ¼ freshly squeezed lime juice
- 4 cups ice cubes
- 2 crosswise slices Ruby Red grapefruit, cut into quarters
Use the wedge of grapefruit to rub the rims of the 6 margarita glasses with grapefruit juice. Dip the rims in kosher salt to coat. Set aside as you prepare the margaritas.
Place the tequila, vodka, simple syrup, grapefruit juice, lime juice and ice in a bar blender and puree until smooth. Divide the margarita between 6 glasses and garnish with the grapefruit quarters.
Watermelon is always a summertime go-to treat. So, why not add it into your everyday go-to treat. The combination of the margarita and the watermelon will leave you wanting more.
- Salt, for glass rims
- 1/3 cup orange-flavored liqueur (recommended: Cointreau)
- ¼ cup Triple Sec
- ¾ cup Tequila
- 4 oz. seedless watermelon, small diced
- 1 lime
Pour salt in a shallow dish for dipping the rims of the glasses. Dip 4 martini glasses in water and then dip the rims in salt. Place in the freezer to frost, about 30 minutes. In a martini shaker shake together the orange-liqueur, Triple Sec, and tequila. Remove the glasses from the freezer. Fill the bottom of each glass with the diced watermelon and pour alcohol mixture over the top, dividing evenly among the glasses. Slice lime into wedges and squeeze into glasses. Serve immediately.
If you think you’re up for the challenge, the last margarita on our list is the ultimate out of all of them. This margarita has a couple different flavors and alcohols to make you question what you are actually drinking. This recipe makes four servings, so be sure to invite over a few friends to share them with you.
- 1 lime, halved
- Coarse slat
- ½ cup freshly squeezed lime juice, from about 4 limes
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- ¼ cup orange-flavored liqueur (recommended: Grand Marnier)
- ¼ cup Triple Sec
- 1 cup gold tequila
- ½ can good quality lager-style beer
- Lime wheels, for garnish
To salt the margarita glasses, rub the outside rims of 4 big glasses with a cut lime and press them lightly into a plate of kosher salt, to coat.
Combine the lime juice, sugar, orange liqueur, Triple Sec, tequila and a big handful of ice in a cocktail shaker (or blender). Shake the margarita really well, for a good 20 seconds, add a splash of beer and strain into the salt rimmed glasses filled with ice. Garnish with a lime wheel.
There are tons of margarita recipes out there waiting for you to try, but here are a few that you can make yourself. Sometimes it’s nice knowing that you can make something that tastes so good. But, if you ever feel like you want someone else to make one for you instead, come on down to Ixtapa Mexican Restaurant and Cantina located in Groton, Lexington, Lunenburg, and Woburn, MA. We’d be happy to help you out with some of our delicious margaritas and the different kinds that we have may make you want to search for more recipes.