Whether you like them frozen or on the rocks, margaritas are a key part of any Cinco de Mayo celebration. They’re cold and refreshing ,and there's a bunch of delicious variations on the theme.
Some like their margarita with chips and guacamole, while others prefer them alongside a hearty meal. They come in all shapes, sizes, colors and flavors, so try a new one this year. While traditional margaritas — made with tequila, triple sec and lime juice — are great, there’s no denying the difference a little flavor makes.
Grocery stores and liquor stores around the country will be pushing pre-made margarita mixes that offer a variety of flavors — but is anything more satisfying that doing it yourself? Here are more than 15 margarita recipes guaranteed to take your Cinco de Mayo celebration up a notch:
Strawberry Margarita: Like we said, traditional margaritas are great, but something about the strawberry flavor just works. For added summer-in-a-glass vibes, we — and Martha Stewart — recommend drinking this one frozen. Bonus drink idea: HowSweetEats.com features a strawberry-bottomed margarita that’s sure to please.
Pineapple Margarita: Looking to up your margarita game, but not into elaborate cocktail recipes? A quick and easy way to please the palettes of thirsty guests is to simply add pineapple to your traditional margarita recipe. You can do so with this guide from MixThatDrink.com or check out this one from Gimme Some Oven. The major difference? One is frozen, the other isn’t.
Grapefruit Margarita: Conversely, if you can’t get enough of the pucker-inducing flavor, Ina Garten from Food Network has your back with this grapefruit concoction. Again this recipes lends itself to being served frozen or on the rocks — totally your call. Take it a step further by adding a hint of heat. Check out HalfBakedHarvest.com for another great recipe option.
Cherry Margaritas: Cherry isn’t a flavor we often equate with being the star of a drink, but it really shines in this Cooking Channel margarita recipe.
Tequila Sunrise Margarita: Margaritas are great, and so are tequila sunrises — the only way either could be better is if you combined them like BHG.com did. Mix up this tart treat, and prepare to become your friends’ favorite bartender.
Mojito Margaritas: This is another combination that’s been begging to happen. The delicious lime flavors of the margarita blend perfectly with the minty deliciousness of a mojito — plus this drink is totally Instagram-worthy when properly made. Check out HowSweetEats.com for details.
Creamy Margarita Popsicles: Wow your guests — or, you know, yourself — after dinner with this wonderfully boozy frozen treat from HostTheToast.com. Not only is it easy to make, but it’s the perfect adult dessert for Cinco de Mayo or any summer party.
Coconut Margaritas: The Blond Cook has created the perfect marriage of a piña colada and a margarita. This cocktail contains key ingredients from both drinks and tastes like a beach day in a glass. Bottoms up!
Spicy Cucumber Margaritas: Cucumber is a refreshing addition to any drink, whether it’s water or, in this case, a tequila cocktail. Turn up the heat a little by adding jalapeño and garnishing with a chili powder, sugar and salt combination. Get the scoop here.
Jalapeño Margaritas: There’s something about the combination of sour and spicy that just works together. Restaurants have been serving up margaritas featuring spicy elements like jalapeño, cayenne and chili powder for some time now — give it a whirl in your own home this Cinco de Mayo with this recipe. You won’t be disappointed. HowSweetEats.com also recommends trying this jalapeño margarita recipe, which features mango flavors.
Grilled Citrus Margarita: The smoky flavor of grilled food has always signaled summer to me. Why not take that a step further and introduce it to your drinks? Whip up this grilled citrus margarita from Cooking Channel for a fiery crowd pleaser.
Slushy Margarita Shooters: Score bonus points with guests by creating these cute margarita shooters from Delish.com. They're easy to make, adorable and will definitely make your Cinco de Mayo dinner party one for the books.
Margarita Gelatin Shots: This requires a little prep (more than four hours, to be exact), but is definitely a labor of love. Check out Tablespoon.com's fun gelatin shot idea that fits perfectly into a lime wedge! While it's not technically a margarita, it's equally enjoyable.
Happy Cinco de Mayo! Enjoy.