Must-Have Margaritas

Whether you like them straight up, on the rocks, or fresh from the blender, we've got a margarita recipe that's just right for you.

  • Margarita Sunrise

    Classic Margarita

    Here's the go-to margarita recipe that every bartender worth his salt should know how to make.
  • Strawberry-Banana Margarita
    Photo: Maura McEvoy

    Strawberry-Banana Margarita

    What do you get when you combine a strawberry-banana smoothie with tequila and triple sec? This sweet, fruity margarita.
  • Cucumber Margaritas
    Ralph Anderson

    Mmm, Margaritas

    There's no better way to enjoy a warm afternoon than with a frosty glass of tequila, lime juice, and your favorite accents. Start the party with a fresh Cucumber Margarita, garnished with lime.
  • Margarita Sunrise
    Photo: Lee Harrelson; Styling: Ana Kelly, Mindi Shapiro

    Margarita Sunrise

    Two classic tequila cocktails come together in a drink that's tangy and sweet, and almost as beautiful as a real sunrise. For this stunning presentation, pour the grenadine into the bottom of your glasses and then carefully pour the tequila mixture on top. If you want more sweetness, gently stir the two layers together—then you'll see a pretty pink sunrise!
  • Lime Sorbet Margaritas
    Photo: Quentin Bacon

    Lime Sorbet Margaritas

    For a fresh twist on the traditional frozen margarita, pour tequila over scoops of tart lime sorbet for a refreshing cocktail you can eat with a spoon.
  • Blue Margaritas

    Blue Margarita

    Forgo the long list of ingredients and pick a winner that features only four. Start with frozen margarita mix, and add tequila, blue curaçao liqueur, and lime juice. It's the perfect drink to serve poolside.
  • Watermelon-Mint Margaritas

    Watermelon-Mint Margaritas

    Use leftover watermelon to add sweet flavor and fun color to this lime drink. If you like your watermelon with a sprinkle of salt, try this cocktail with a salt rim instead of sugar.
  • Frozen Cranberry Margaritos
    Charles Walton IV

    Frozen Cranberry Margaritos

    Mix it up and serve margaritos—a tasty cross between a margarita and a mojito. Blend frozen mojito mix with tequila, cranberry sauce, orange liqueur, and lime juice for a satisfyingly sweet summer concoction.
  • Pomegranate Margaritas

    Pomegranate Margaritas

    Celebrate under the stars with a ruby red margarita. Usually, margaritas come with a salt rim, but this beauty shines with a sparkling sugar topping. It's the perfect complement to the tart frozen limeade concentrate and cranberry juice.
  • Margarita Granita

    Margarita Granita

    Make an adults-only dessert drink that calls for a spoon. Granita comes from the Italian word for "ice," so enjoy this tasty grown-up version of a slushy, made with gold tequila and lime rind.
  • Jamaica Margaritas

    Jamaica Margaritas

    Make a welcoming drink with fragrant hibiscus blossoms. The slightly tart blossoms steep in a sugar-and-water mixture, resulting in a fresh and tangy drink. Serve over ice, and garnish with lime.
  • Raspberry "Sangre" Margaritas
    Leigh Beisch

    Raspberry "Sangre" Margaritas

    Serve this recipe for a party—you can make the raspberry mixture up to a day ahead, then simply add tequila and triple sec and blend with crushed ice before serving. Add a sugar rim and fresh raspberry garnish, and call it this summer's signature cocktail.
  • Combier Margarita
    Photo: © Wendell T. Webber

    Combier Margarita

    This 'rita recipe calls for Combier, the world's first and original triple sec. If you don't have Combier, you can use another triple sec or orange liqueur. For a pretty presentation, serve this 'rita in a classic margarita glass and garnish with thinly sliced orange and lime wheels.
  • Watermelon Margaritas
    Photo: Lee Harrelson; Styling: Ana Kelly, Mindi Shapiro

    Watermelon Margaritas

    Because of the sweetness of the watermelon this margarita doesn't need much sugar, so one glass has only 105 calories. A little bit of fresh lime juice brightens the drink and adds a welcome tanginess. For a special touch, rim your glasses with sugar and garnish with lime wedges and watermelon balls.
  • Key Lime Margarita
    Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Jamie Kim

    Key Lime Margarita

    Use fresh Key lime juice to give this margarita a tropical flair. Instead of simple syrup to balance the tart lime flavor, use agave nectar, a sweetener produced in Mexico that's sweeter than sugar. You can even spice it up by adding 1 1/2 teaspoons of jalapeño chile sauce.
  • Scarlet Margaritas
    Photo: Beth Dreiling Hontzas; Styling: Katherine Eckert

    Scarlet Margaritas

    The deep red tones of this cocktail come from pomegranate juice. Not only is this sweet juice beautiful, it's also packed with disease-fighting antioxidants. Orange liqueur and fresh lime juice add complexity to the drink, and you can even serve it with fresh pomegranate seeds.
  • Mango-Avocado Margarita
    Randy Mayor

    Mango-Avocado Margarita

    Mangoes and avocados are two foods that are natural partners for margaritas, and this version of the popular cocktail blends them all together. Spice up the traditional salt rim by adding a little chili powder.
  • Merry Cranberry Margaritas
    Photo: Andrea M. Gómez; Styling: Miranda Jones

    Merry Cranberry Margaritas

    Who says margaritas are just for summer? Celebrate the holidays with this festive frozen drink featuring both cranberry juice cocktail and fresh cranberries. Reserve some of those fresh berries to make a simple garnish.
  • Frozen Mint Margaritas
    Photo: Lee Harrelson; Styling: Ana Kelly, Mindi Shapiro

    Frozen Mint Margaritas

    Mint adds a delicious, refreshing flavor to this drink that's hard to resist—so much so that our editors declared it one of their favorite 'ritas! Instead of blending with ice, just place your margarita mixture into a zip top plastic bag until it freezes. Rim your glasses in a sugar-salt mixture to continue the sweet-tangy theme and garnish with mint.
  • Adirondack Margaritas
    Jim Franco

    Adirondack Margaritas

    Sit back in your Adirondack chair, enjoy the view of the mountains, and sip on an apple-and-orange-juice margarita.
  • Strawberry Margaritas
    Photo: Howard L. Puckett; Styling: Cathy Muir

    Strawberry Margaritas

    This twist on a classic frozen margarita gives your drink a sweet note. Add fresh strawberries and a splash of orange-flavored liqueur.
  • Cucumber and Chili Margarita
    Photo: Lee Harrelson; Styling: Ana Kelly, Mindi Shapiro

    Cucumber and Chili Margarita

    This simple, elegant margarita comes together in no time flat. In a shaker, combine tequila, Cointreau, lime juice, thin slices of cucumber, and a dash of cayenne pepper. Shake and pour over ice into a salt-rimmed glass. The cucumber infuses the drink with a cool flavor, which balances the smoky, slightly spicy cayenne kick at the end of each sip.
  • Grapefruit Margaritas
    Photo: Lee Harrelson; Styling: Ana Kelly, Mindi Shapiro

    Grapefruit Margaritas

    Ruby red grapefruit juice gives this 'rita a blushing pink hue, and the more you add, the richer the color will be. Add frozen limeade concentrate for a refreshing punch of flavor, without all that squeezing. You can even make this recipe the day before your party. Just freeze until your guests arrive and then all you need to do is stir, serve, and enjoy!
  • Champagne Mango Margaritas
    Photo: Romulo Yanes

    Champagne Mango Margaritas

    Champagne mangoes make these brightly colored frozen margaritas as smooth as can be. Spicy chiles balance the fruity sweetness.
  • Tommy's Margarita
    Photo: Jeffery Cross

    Tommy's Margarita

    Sometimes simple is the way to go. This basic margarita showcases high-quailty blue agave tequila.
  • Blackberry Margaritas
    Photo: Levi Brown; Styling: Thom Driver

    Blackberry Margaritas

    Blend fresh blackberries with simple syrup, agave blanco tequila, Grand Marnier, and fresh lime juice for a delicious margarita that pairs perfectly with hot summer weather.
  • Strawberry Margarita Spritzers
    Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Amy Burke

    Strawberry Margarita Spritzers

    Club soda, fresh whole strawberries, and frozen daiquiri mix set these margarita spritzers apart. Serve on sultry summer days and enjoy the fizzy sweetness of these colorful cocktails.
  • Mocha Margarita
    Arden Ward Photography

    Mocha Margarita

    After the kids head to bed, unwind with one of these deceptively simple dessert margaritas. Simply blend softened chocolate ice cream, prepared espresso, and blanco tequila for a grownups-only chocolate shake.
  • Prickly Pear Margaritas
    Photo: Lee Harrelson; Styling: Ana Kelly, Mindi Shapiro

    Prickly Pear Margaritas

    Take that familiar frozen margarita to the next level by adding prickly pear fruit. This fruit adds a rich pink color to your 'rita and a touch of sweetness. This particular recipe packs a sour punch, but you can adjust the sugar and fruit to your taste.
  • The Coastal Margarita

    The Coastal Margarita

    Key lime juice and agave nectar jazz up this classic margarita recipe.
  • Mango Margarita
    Howard L. Puckett

    Mango Margarita

    Fresh mango blends deliciously with tequila and Cointreau in this margarita recipe. For best flavor and texture, chill ingredients before preparing.

  • Pink Cadillac Margaritas
    Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Lydia Degaris Pursell

    Pink Cadillac Margaritas

    Fast Flourish: Rub rims of chilled glasses with a lime wedge, dip in a saucer of coarse salt and sparkling sugar, and twirl to coat.

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