Lest you think that margaritas are only appropriate one season a year, we’re here to prove you wrong. Margaritas are delicious cocktails that are completely customizable and can carry you through all four seasons. From candy apple to candy corn mixers to cool and refreshing watermelon and hibiscus, there’s a margarita for everyone.
And we should know. We’ve searched far and wide to bring you the best margarita recipes of all time. Whether you’re craving the traditional recipe, a low-cal margarita for summer, a fruity hibiscus version, a master recipe like Rick Bayless’ mouthwatering apple-habanero margarita or more, you’ll have plenty to choose from. So grab some glasses and our favorite glass rimmer and get mixing. Oh, and if you actually down all of these recipes (and live to tell...), we want to hear about it!
This margarita is everything you love about traditional margaritas, but kicked up a notch with some smoky mezcal flavor. The distinct smoky flavor comes from their production method: roasting the agave plants before mashing, fermenting and distilling them.
Based on the so-called “Mexican Martini,” this margarita takes it a step further with tequila from barrels selected specifically for Tex Mex restaurant Superica and olives marinated in citrus juices. It’s finished with a dash of olive brine for the perfect balance of sweet and salty.
"The Skinni Margarita is a better choice than a traditional margarita because of its fresh ingredients,” says Cathy Shyne, executive chef at Tortilla Republic. “By mixing and squeezing a whole lime and fresh agave nectar with Corzo Blanco tequila and Cointreau, you get a fresh taste thats makes you feel like you are sipping a true margarita from Mexico, not a prepackaged artificial beverage.”
You have to make a choice in this unusually delicious strawberry margarita recipe: Do you want to put a laser focus on the strawberries (Fragoli wild strawberry liqueur is the pure essence of strawberry flavor), enhance their beauty (Cointreau does that beautifully), or balance their wonderful sweetness with even more sophisticated complexity (Aperol is perfect for that)? A “fan-sliced” strawberry makes a simple, tasty garnish when wedged on the side of each glass.