These Creative Margaritas Will Be a Hit at Happy Hour
A margarita is a fun, fruity cocktail that you can enjoy year-round, but on a hot summer day, a margarita just hits the spot. It's a great drink to whip up in a big batch for entertaining or scale down to make a single glass. Whether you start with a bottle of margarita mix or opt for hand-squeezed lime juice, this refreshing cocktail is guaranteed to satisfy.
A classic margarita mixes tequila, lime juice, and orange liqueur (typically triple sec or Cointreau). Poured into a glass rimmed with salt and garnished with a wedge of lime, this fun cocktail is the ultimate happy hour treat. Once you've learned the secrets to making the perfect margarita, it's time to get creative. There are countless ways you can customize your margarita—we've rounded up a few of our favorite flavor combinations for inspiration. (Our Watermelon Margarita is sure to become your newest house drink.)
Recipe: McGuire's Margarita
Tequila, lime, and orange liqueur, shaken with ice, compose this classic beverage. If you like your margarita on the sweeter side, you can add a splash of simple syrup. Rim your glass with margarita salt for the full experience.
Strawberry Margarita Spritzers
Recipe: Strawberry Margarita Spritzers
Throw all the ingredients in the blender and go—that's how easy it is to mix up these Strawberry Margarita Spritzers. And before you grab that strawberry huller, our recipe calls for frozen (but thawed) whole strawberries. No chopping, hulling, or stemming necessary.
Combine two classic cocktails—mojitos and margaritas—in one epic tropical beverage: the Mojitarita. It takes the tequila from the margarita and the mint from the mojito to create a festive party favorite.
Lucy Buffett's Highbrow Margarita
Recipe: Frozen Margarita
A frozen margarita is made by blending all the traditional ingredients with ice. Our recipe also adds a can of frozen limeade concentrate to amplify the citrus flavor.
No recipe here, just add a few slices of jalapeño to your margarita to bring a hint of heat.
Recipe: Watermelon Margarita
If you can't resist a slice of juicy watermelon, then this drink is for you. Watermelon simple syrup and watermelon juice help load this margarita with fruity flavor. It's sure to become your next signature cocktail.
Sweet Tea Key Lime Margarita
Recipe: Sweet Tea Key Lime Margarita
Is there anything more Southern than a Sweet Tea Key Lime Margarita? This creative cocktail swaps tequila for vodka and tastes great frozen.
Recipe: Hibiscus-Mint Margarita
Hibiscus brings a floral note to this refreshing cocktail. Paired with mint, a Hibiscus-Mint Margarita is sure to quench your thirst.
Recipe: Cranberry Margarita
Do you like your cocktails tart? Try our Cranberry Margarita. The festive flavors are perfect for the winter holiday season.
Pink Cadillac Margarita
Recipe: Pink Cadillac Margarita
This sweet summer cocktail is a gorgeous bright pink color, thanks to cranberry juice.
Apple Cider Margarita
Recipe: Apple Cider Margarita
Just because summer is over doesn't mean you need to say goodbye to margarita season. This festive cocktail shakes things up with sweet and spicy autumnal inspired flavor with a little help from cinnamon and fresh apple cider.
Recipe: Watermelon-Mint Margaritas
Want to make this an alcohol-free sipper? Skip the tequila and opt for ½ cup of orange juice or apple juice instead.