Margarita always makes it feel like a party! Why not have a few fun variations at your next social distancing driveway party!
The best Margarita’s have fresh ingredients like homemade sweet and sour, simple syrup and fresh fruit. Fresh peach margarita’s in the summertime are my absolute favorites!
Homemade Sweet & Sour for Margarita’s
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
- 1/2 cup fresh lime juice
Homemade Sweet & Sour Prep
Directions: Stir together water and sugar in a large saucepan. Stir until the sugar dissolves over medium heat, bring to a boil and cool syrup. Combine water and sugar in large saucepan. Stir over medium heat until sugar dissolves. Bring to boil, remove from heat to cool syrup while you squeeze your fresh citrus fruit. Keep this mixture refrigerated until your party. It can be made a week ahead. This is SO much better than store bought sweet and sour that it’s worth a little extra effort.
Christmas Pomegranate Margarita
- 1 -1/2 parts Tequila
- 2 parts POM Juice
- ½ part Sweet & Sour mix
- ½ part triple sec
- Pomegranate seeds for top garnish
- Rim glasses with red & white large sugar crystals
Prickly Pear Margaritas
(A Frozen Pink Drink)
- 3 1/2 cups crushed ice
- 3 oz. freshly squeezed lime juice
- 3 oz. frozen limeade
- 6 Tequila
- 4 1/2 oz. Cointreau
- 3 oz. prickly pear cactus juice
- 3 T. sugar
- Lime wedges and kosher salt for garnish
Area’s like Arizona and California might have Prickly Pear Cactus juice on the grocery shelves but if you don’t you can buy it online at Amazon here.
Blend all ingredients until the desired consistency of pink frothiness. Cut lime wedges and use them to wet the rim of your margarita glasses, dip in kosher salt and pour in the frozen margs. YUM!
- 2 parts, watermelon juice
- 1 part, orange liquor
- 1 part, tequila
- squeeze 1/2 a fresh lime into the shaker.
Watermelons are so easy to liquify, just pop it in the blender and pulse, if you want this to be a frozen drink add ice to the blender or use the pulpy juice with the liquors. Rim with green or red sugar depending on your holiday and garnish with a lime wedge or a chunk of melon.
Watermelon Margarita variation
2 cups crushed ice
1 cup chopped watermelon
6 oz. tequila
4 fluid ounces frozen limeade concentrate
2 oz. Triple Sec
Fill a blender with ice and crush. Add remaining ingredients and blend for 30 seconds or until smooth. Add ice if needed for desired consistency. Serve in margarita glasses with the rims dipped in margarita salt or sanding sugar.
- 2 oz. Reposado tequila (Our other top shelf favorite)
- 1/2 oz. orange liqueur
- 2 oz. lime juice
This is a classic clean margarita that’s all about the top shelf tequila and nothing to get in the way of that other than the orange liqueur. Pour ingredients over ice into a tall mixing glass, shaken briskly, strained into a chilled cocktail glass with a salted rim (optional). Garnish with lime wheel.
The Presidential Margarita
Chili’s knock off recipe
- 1 1/2 oz Tequila
- 1 1/2 oz Brandy
- 1 1/2 oz Cointreau Liqueur
- 1 (Juice of) Lime Fruit
Best served in a hurricane glass. Pour each ingredient into a shaker and add ice. Rim a margarita glass with lime and salt, fill with ice and garnish with a lime slice. Carefully pour contents of the shaker into the salted margarita glass, leaving salt undisturbed.
Jalapeno’s Revenge Margarita
- 4 oz of Jalapeño infused Cuervo Silver
- 3 oz Blood Orange Juice
- 1 oz Lime Juice
- 2 oz Orange Liqueur
Fresh jalapeños and orange slices for garnish
Add fresh jalapeños to tequila and steep for 2-4 hours depending on how hot you want your margarita to be. Combine with other ingredients in a shaker and strain over ice. Rim the glass with Kosher Salt or Bloody Mary Salt. (Photo and recipe credit Jose Cuervo)
Serve with chips in case you got it too spicy!
Spiced Pear Affair Margarita
- 1 1/2 oz of Tequila
- 3/4 oz of Pear Brandy
- 1 oz lime juice
- 3/4 oz spiced simple syrup
Combine in shaker and pour into a martini glass (Optional – rim with sugar)
- 1 1/2 ounces Tequila
- 1 ounce Godiva liquor
- 3/4 ounce cream or half & half
- 1 tablespoon Hershey’s syrup
- 2 ounces orange juice
Blue Agave Margarita Recipe
- 1 1/2 oz Silver tequila
- 1/2 oz Triple Sec
- 1/2 oz Blue Curacao
- 1/2 cup Sweet and Sour
Combine ingredients in shaker with ice, pour into pretty margarita glasses rimmed with kosher salt and garnish with lime.
Need even more margarita recipes? Entire books have been devoted to the topic, check the selection here.
Every Margarita fanatic needs to have a rimmer, the best price we’ve found is this one on Amazon.com for $7.84. It has a spot for the lime juice and 2 options of salt or sugar or colored sugar.
If you like beer margarita’s you might need these CoronaRita drink clips a pack of 6 for $12.25.
Margarita’s in festive glasses just seem to make them taste better don’t you think?
Amazon has the biggest selection by far here. We really love these Margarita giant goblets you see in all your favorite Mexican restaurants. I got some very similar when we went to Mexico.
Or for a little more economical option, these tall Libbey 4-pc.Hurricane Glass Set that is perfect for layered or frozen margarita’s or this Libby Party set of 12 glasses for $19.99 at Amazon.com
There are lots of options at Kohls here, Walmart here, Macy’s here or Amazon.com here.