17 best margarita recipes because it’s 5 o’clock somewhere

Margaritas — especially frozen fruit margaritas — have a bad reputation for being hangover-inducing cocktails after one sip. And of course, with cheap tequila, too much sugar, and lots of artificial fruit syrups, that’s absolutely true. But a great margarita made with smooth tequila, triple sec, fresh limes, and homemade simple syrup will taste great and won’t leave you devastated until the glass is finished. (We can’t guarantee no hangover after more than one though.) Get out a shaker or blender and try some of these riffs on the classic cocktail.

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If you need me, I’ll wither again in Margaritaville with this absolute classic margarita made with tequila, Cointreau, freshly squeezed lime juice and agave syrup.

2. Spicy Mango Margarita

Bring some heat with this margarita recipe made with hot sauce and mango bush (ripe mango, apple cider vinegar, cumin seeds, pink berries, agave nectar and fresh pineapple).

3. Hibiscus Daisy

This pretty pink cocktail gets its raspberry hue and floral flavor from dried hibiscus flowers, which are heated with a spiced simple syrup to bring the spirit of Charleston to the glass.

4. Strawberry Margarita on Ice

“I love fruit margaritas, but often frozen ones are made with fruit-flavored syrups instead of real fruit. This Strawberry Margarita on Ice requires whole strawberries and absolutely no sweet and sour mixture that can make it taste sweet. and cloying, artificial-tasting drink,” writes the developer of the Marshmallows&Margaritas recipe.

5. Spicy Pecan Margarita

Margaritas aren’t just for hot summer days. This spicy version features homemade pecan and tea orgeat.

6. Rosemary and Grapefruit Margarita

Grapefruit juice and tequila work in tandem for this not-too-sweet margarita. Do you know how it tastes? Another!

7. Lemon Lime Margaritas

Equal parts tequila, Cointreau, lemon juice, and lime juice are mixed together (not shaken) to create this extra-refreshing margarita, which is served over crushed ice.

8. Apple and Honey Margarita

“This drink is inspired by my time in Seattle,” says bar manager Natasha David. “Washington State is of course well known for all its beautiful apples,” she adds, so it’s no surprise they’re the star of this margarita.

9. Spicy Apple Cider Margarita

When you can’t choose between a hot toddy, Old Fashioned, and margarita, try this fall-approved margarita.

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Food52’s resident beverage expert, John DeBary, developed this recipe inspired by one of his favorites found at Olive Garden (yes, THAT Olive Garden). Amaretto liqueur is used instead of the usual orange liqueur, which brings a nice almond flavor to this tequila cocktail.

11. Roasted Red Pepper Strawberry Margarita

Almost all margaritas are considered super summer drinks, but this one wins the cake, thanks to the juicy berries and smoky peppers, which are blended into a smooth puree.

12. Daisy session

Margaritas are strong. Like, very strong. Get a little too much on a cruise ship once and you won’t be able to tell if it’s the ship rocking or you. If you want to tone it down a bit, make this low ABV version, which cuts down on tequila and introduces sherry for a drink that’s less likely to give you a headache the next morning.

13. Count to 4 (Basic) Margarita

If you’re practicing your bartending skills for the first time in a long time, this is a great margarita recipe to start with. It takes one ounce of Cointreau, two teaspoons of simple syrup, three ounces of tequila añejo and 4 tablespoons of lime juice – see, 1, 2, 3, 4.

14. Midwinter Margarita

What makes this margarita suitable for serving in the winter is neither the use of hot cocoa mix nor the use of fresh snow. Instead, we enjoy the abundance of juicy citrus fruits like grapefruit and lime, which are at their peak at this time of year.

15. Classic Sage Infused Margarita

Sage is a sweet, earthy herb that we would normally associate with roasted turkey or butternut squash. But it also goes very well with a margarita. Yes really! Make your own sage-infused tequila a few days ahead, then shake this cocktail.

16. The Gemini Project (spicy basil margarita with Cointreau)

We love a Cointreau-based margarita and this one delivers. And U.S really I love it when the margarita is a little spicy – here, basil leaves and sliced ​​jalapeño peppers are mixed together to bring some spice to this classic tequila cocktail.

17. Margarita Shio Kosho

“Featuring Patrón Silver Tequila, a lemongrass syrup spiced with ginger and yuzu kosho (a Japanese condiment made from yuzu zest, chili peppers and salt) and fresh grapefruit juice, this margarita hits notes of ‘sweet, spicy and crisp citrus’, writes recipe developer Masahiro Urushido. “A rim of flaky Maldon salt, crushed white peppercorns and fragrant grapefruit zest tie it all together, releasing flavor with every sip.”