How to Make a Margarita in (Almost) Every Flavor
Whether you're craving a sweet strawberry margarita or something spicier (like a jalapeno margarita!) this guide has you covered. Go grab the margarita glasses—you're going to need them!
On a hot day, few things taste better than an ice-cold margarita. Paired with a basket of chips and one of our fresh, homemade salsas—a marg out on the patio is summertime perfection. That’s why we went ahead and found a foolproof way to make margaritas in (almost) every flavor. You’ll find classic favorites and fun new twists that will keep you sipping all summer long.
A Quick Note About Ratios
Margaritas are pretty forgiving. If you add too much of one ingredient, it’s fairly easy to dilute the drinks with more ice, fruit or juice. That being said, a good ratio of ingredients is 2:2:1—that’s two parts of tequila and lime juice for each part of Triple Sec. (You’ll find those three ingredients in every margarita recipe.) When you’re adding flavor, start slowly and build your way up. It’s always easier to add more frozen strawberries or mango juice than it is to take those ingredients out. And if you’re working with a particularly potent flavor profile (such as jalapeno), be very careful not to overpower the batch with one ingredient.
If you’re making frozen margs, you’ll want less juice and more fruit or ice. For more information, check out our guide to making margaritas.
Enjoy a taste of the tropics! For an on-the-rocks mango margarita recipe, mix together tequila, Triple Sec, mango juice and lime juice. For a frozen mango margarita recipe, use frozen mango chunks instead of the juice, and toss all ingredients in a blender with some ice. Get more great mango recipes here.
Nothing’s sweeter than strawberry! For this frozen strawberry margarita recipe, combine tequila, Triple Sec, lime juice, superfine sugar, frozen strawberries and ice. Cover and process until smooth.
Summer in a glass? Coming right up. For a frozen watermelon margarita, puree watermelon chunks in a blender, then add ice, tequila, Triple Sec and lime juice. Sweeten with sugar, as desired. Get our Test Kitchen-approved recipe here.
Drinks don’t have to be sweet. This jalapeno margarita gets a kick from fresh pepper slices. To make a spicy margarita, shake together tequila, lime juice, Triple Sec, jalapeno slices and—if desired—a little superfine sugar. Serve over ice.
Pro tip: A little bit of jalapeno goes a long way. If you’re sensitive to spice, add sparingly. Get our complete guide to sweet and spicy peppers.
A peach margarita? Heck, yes! Just combine tequila, Triple Sec, peach schnapps and ice in a blender. For added peachy flavor, throw in a few slices of fresh, skinned fruit, too. Next up: Try our best peach desserts.
A blood orange margarita is a drink you’d find at a chic Mexican restaurant—with a $14 price tag. Make your own at home with fresh tequila, Triple Sec, lime juice, blood orange juice and ice.
Whether you’re on a beach or in your backyard—this pineapple margarita recipe will help you escape. Just mix together tequila, Triple Sec, lime juice and pineapple juice. If you prefer a blended margarita, use frozen pineapple chunks instead of the juice. Prefer a non-alcoholic spin? Try this Spiced Pineapple Cooler recipe.
This is the classic marg recipe—tart and bold with just a hint of sweetness. Stir together tequila, Triple Sec, lime juice, lemon juice and superfine sugar until the sugar is dissolved. Serve over ice. Get step-by-step directions here.
Editor’s Tip: Looking for a frozen limeade margarita recipe? In a blender, combine tequila, Triple Sec, lime juice, lemon juice, superfine sugar, limeade concentrate and crushed ice; cover and process until smooth.
If you like pina coladas (and getting caught in the rain) you’ll love a coconut margarita. Cream of coconut pairs beautifully with tequila, Triple Sec, lime juice and ice. For added flair, rim the glass with toasted coconut. Here are 18 more pina colada-inspired recipes.
I challenge you to find a drink more exciting (and refreshing!) than a cucumber jalapeno margarita. This fun combo merges tequila, Triple Sec, lime juice, jalapeno and cucumber. For extra flavor, let the drinks chill before serving.
Pair your cantina-worthy marg with one of our Mexican restaurant copycat recipes.
A member of the cactus family, prickly pear doesn’t sound like something you’d want to eat, let alone drink. But this prickly pear margarita recipe will change your mind. You’ll need tequila, Triple Sec, lime juice and prickly pear syrup. (Which you can buy here!)
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