While Cinco de Mayo literally means “the 5th of May,” with this holiday, it’s hard to resist the urge to celebrate all month. It’s even more difficult to resist indulging in a classic margarita. A fresh and simple drink, there’s plenty of room for personalization within the confines of the margarita recipe so you can try out a variety of flavors.
Traditionally, a margarita is made up of just four ingredients: tequila, agave nectar, fresh lime juice, and a slice of lime for garnish. However, we’d be neglecting our duties if we didn’t acknowledge that there are always ways to customize your margarita— whether that’s on Cinco de Mayo or all month (or year) long! If you’re looking to escape your margarita comfort zone, try one of these creative margarita varieties.
Summer is approaching, and so is watermelon season. To create this juicy and refreshing twist on a classic margarita, begin by making a simple syrup from 2 cups of watermelon (cubed) and 1 cup of sugar. You’ll need to combine both ingredients in a small saucepan over medium heat, before mashing together, making sure to push out the liquid. Allow the mixture to simmer for 5 minutes, stirring frequently, before pouring over a mesh sieve.
While the syrup cools, blend together 2 cups of seedless watermelon and ½ cup of water. Pour this juice through a mesh sieve. Use a cocktail shaker to combine the syrup and juice with 4 oz tequila, 2 oz lime juice, and ice. Rim glasses with lime juice and salt, pour your margaritas, and garnish with lime wedges.
2. Blood Orange
The blood orange margarita is an easy option with a bit of tartness. All you’ll need to do is combine ice, 1 ½ oz tequila, ¾ oz fresh lime juice, ¾ oz agave nectar, and 1 tbsp frozen blood orange purée in a cocktail shaker. (Typically, blood orange purée can be found online or in select food stores.) Rim glasses with lime juice and salt before pouring the mixture over ice. Garnish with a lime wedge, then enjoy.
3. Honey Vanilla
Interested in a drink with a subtle twist in flavor? Look no further. To prepare, use a cocktail shaker to combine ice, 1 ½ oz white tequila, 1 oz Licor 43 (a Spanish liqueur with honey and vanilla), ½ oz orange liqueur, and ½ oz lime juice. Rim glasses with lime juice and salt, then pour the mixture over ice. Garnish with a lime wedge.
4. Beer Margarita
Time for something a bit different. For this simple fusion of beverages, pour 12 oz frozen limeade concentrate, 12 oz tequila, 12 oz water, and 12 oz beer in a large pitcher. Stir the mixture and add ice, as desired. Pour into serving glasses and garnish with lime wedges.
5. Blended Margarita
A simple twist on the classic, blended margaritas are icy and perfect for the warmer weather. Combine 1 ¼ cups of fresh lime juice, 1 cup of orange liqueur, 1 cup of tequila, 3 tbsp fresh lemon juice, and 2 cups of ice. Blend well, before mixing with ice in a cocktail shaker. Serve and enjoy.
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