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7 Different Types of Margaritas

Like many world-famous cocktails, the exact origins of the margarita are shrouded in mystery, rumor, and speculation. Was it invented in 1938 by Tijuana restaurateur Carlos Herrera for a notoriously persnickety patron?1 Or was it the concoction of Dallas socialite Margarita Sames, who claims to have invented it for one of her dinner parties around 1948?

We may never know. What we do know, however, is that regardless of who invented it, the margarita is one of the most iconic cocktails in the world. Its unique blend of sweet, spicy, and bitter make it the perfect drink for any occasion, from a day spent beachside to a Saturday night bar crawl. 

What’s more, the margarita is built upon a simple recipe that cunning mixologists have spent decades tweaking to suit any palate. As it turns out, when it comes to margaritas, the limes aren’t the only twists. The possibilities are what make this drink fun – from a mango margarita to a pineapple margarita and countless frozen margarita flavors. As such, let’s take a look at 7 different types of margaritas. 

#1 The Classic Margarita 

You know what they say: a classic never goes out of style. That’s why you should never underestimate the appeal of the classic margarita. Frozen to sublime slushiness or chilled on the rocks, it’s a palate pleaser that’ll have you reaching for your best Tommy Bahama shirt.

You only need five simple ingredients to make the perfect classic margarita:2 

  • 1 ½ ounces tequila
  • ¾  Cointreau  
  • ⅛ ounce simple syrup
  • 1 ounce lime juice
  • 1 lime, quartered 

Once you’ve assembled your ingredients, follow these simple steps: 

  • Step 1 – Use a lime wedge to wet the rim of your margarita glass. Then, dip the glass rim into the salt, turning it slowly until it’s fully coated.
  • Step 2 – Combine the tequila, Cointreau, and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker with ice. Pop on the lid and give the ingredients a good shake until they’re well blended. 
  • Step 3 – Pour your mixture into a salted glass and listo! All that’s left is to sit back, sip, and enjoy.  

  • Chilly tip: Give your margarita a frosty spin by substituting the cocktail shaker for a blender. Simply combine all the ingredients and blend until smooth. 

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    #2 Frozen Strawberry Margarita 

    If you want to upgrade your regular margarita to something a little fruitier, why not add strawberries? The frozen strawberry margarita is one of the reigning champs when it comes to at-home cocktail competitions.  

    This is because the sweet and sour tones of the strawberry are the perfect complement to the margarita’s existing flavor profile, emphasizing the citrusy notes of the liqueur and brightening the earthy essence of the tequila. Blend it all together and you’ve got a frozen treat fit for fun. 

    This frozen margarita recipe makes four servings, so collect three of your besties and the following ingredients:3  

    • 16 ounces fresh or frozen strawberries, hulled 
    • 1 cup tequila
    • ⅔ cup lime juice
    • ⅓ cup honey
    • ¼ cup triple sec

    In a blender, mix the strawberries, tequila, lime juice, honey, and triple sec, blending until smooth. Leave the drink in the blender for a few moments while you salt (or sugar!) your margarita glasses. Once you’ve done that, all that’s left is to sit back, sip, and enjoy.

    #3 Spicy Apricot Margarita 

    Margarita lovers who prefer their cocktails with a little octane have been enjoying spicy margaritas for nearly as long as the classic version. One of the most famous margarita variations, the spicy margarita takes everything that makes the original so delicious and turns up the heat. 

    But for those who believe that variety is the spice of life, the spicy apricot margarita offers a fruity spin on the original spicy recipe. 

    Start by gathering the following ingredients:4 

    • 1 lime wedge
    • 2  jalapeño slices
    • 1 ½  ounces tequila (a Blanco tequila is best for this recipe)
    • ½ ounce Cointreau or triple sec
    • ½ ounce lime juice
    • 1 ½ ounces apricot puree

    Now it’s time to spice things up. Start by removing the  jalapeño seeds and lightly muddling the slices in a cocktail shaker. Then, add the tequila, triple sec, lime juice, agave syrup, and ice. Shake it all together until it’s mixed to perfection and pour into a salted glass.

    #4 The Mojitarita 

    Sometimes, the best way to upgrade a classic is to put it in the company of its peers. That’s certainly the case when it comes to the mojitarita, a mash-up of the traditional margarita and the mojito that’s as clever as it is delectable. 

    The mojito—a classic in its own right—is a minty cocktail made with rum, lime juice, simple syrup, and soda water. When you combine it with traditional margarita ingredients, you’ve got a veritable party in a pitcher.

    To make your own mojitarita, you’ll need:5

    • 1 cup mint leaves, torn
    • ½ cup lime juice
    • 2 tablespoons sugar
    • 8 ounces tequila (for this recipe, go with a silver varietal)
    • Soda water
    • Lime wheels for garnish

    Combining classics isn’t complicated. Excepting the soda water, mix all of the ingredients together in a cocktail shaker with crushed ice and shake well. Then, use a strainer to pour the cocktail into glasses with ice, leaving room to top the drink off with soda water.

    Lastly, garnish your glasses with a lime wheel and mint leaf and you’re all set. This recipe serves four, so it’s perfect for sharing with your closest pals. 

    #5 Watermelon Margarita 

    When those hot summer days roll back around you’ll want something sweet and refreshing to sip on while you hang by the pool or banter at backyard barbeques. While the classic margarita might do the trick, nothing says summer quite like the sweet taste of watermelon. 

    That’s why the watermelon margarita is a must-have option for capturing summertime in a glass. The ingredients you need are:6

    • 4 cups watermelon cubes
    • ½ cup tequila 
    • ¼ cup triple sec
    • ⅓ cup lime juice
    • 1 tablespoon honey

    In a blender, lightly puree the watermelon cubes. Add tequila, triple sec, lime juice, and honey, and blend further until well combined. Then, you’re ready to pour. Glasses with a salt rim are the standard here, but substituting sugar for salt makes the watermelon margarita even more refreshing.

    Chilly tip: You can make a frozen version of this drink by pre-freezing the watermelon cubes for about six hours and blending them with one cup of ice. Another trick to stuff up your sleeve? Add two tablespoons of chopped mint leaves for a cooling, summery taste.7 

    #6 Rosemary Ginger Margarita 

    Although the margarita is known for its simplicity, there’s nothing wrong with getting a little fancy. If your tastes run toward the lavish—and you want to impress your guests—consider debuting the rosemary ginger margarita at your next cocktail party.

    To make the rosemary ginger margarita, you’ll need:8 

    • 3 ounces agave tequila
    • ⅓ cup lime juice
    • 3 tablespoons rosemary ginger simple syrup
    • 1 splash soda water

    For this recipe, you’ll need to make your own rosemary ginger simple syrup. If this makes the mixologist in you a bit anxious, it shouldn’t—after all, it’s called simple syrup for a reason! All you do is combine ½ cup water, ½ cup coconut water, ½ ounce chopped ginger, and one large rosemary spring in a small pot. Bring the mixture to a boil, then let it cool for about 30 minutes. 

    When you’ve made your simple syrup, it’s time to mix the cocktail. Shake together the tequila, lime juice, and simple syrup before pouring it all into a salted glass with ice. Then, top it off with a splash of soda water and a fresh rosemary sprig for garnish. 

    Strawberry margarita cocktail standing in table on idyllic tropical beach

    #7 Hibiscus Mint Margarita

    Although you might never have dreamed of using tea as a tequila mixer, the hibiscus mint margarita is a dark horse winner when it comes to the different kinds of margaritas. Savory, and citrusy with mildly bitter undertones, it’s sweet, sippable, and absolutely delish

    Because hibiscus tea is loaded with antioxidants and other nutrients that may help keep your body running in tip-top shape, it’s a health-conscious way to imbibe without regret.

    The ingredients you need are:9 

    • 4 hibiscus tea bags
    • 1 cup sugar
    • 4 mint sprigs
    • 2 cups tequila
    • ½ cup triple sec
    • ½ cup lime juice
    • Soda water

    The hibiscus mint margarita requires only two simple steps: 

  • Step 1 – Bring 1 ½ cups of water to a boil and pour it over the tea bags. Add sugar and mint, cover, and let steep for 20 minutes. Then, let the mixture cool for about one hour. 
  • Step 2 – In a pitcher, combine the tea, tequila, triple sec, and lime juice. Serve on the rocks with a salt or sugar rim—and a mint leaf garnish for good measure. 
  • These are just 7 types of flavored margaritas you can try. The countless options make this cocktail a classic. The different types of tequila also make it an exciting adventure to find your taste. Between reposado vs blanco vs anejo, don’t be afraid to experiment and find your favorite fruit margarita!

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    Sources: 

    1. Smithsonian Magazine. The History of the Margarita. https://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/the-history-of-the-margarita-57990212/  
    2. Southern Living. McGuire’s Margarita Recipe. ​​https://www.southernliving.com/recipes/mcguires-margarita-recipe 
    3. Culinary Hill. Strawberry Margarita. https://www.culinaryhill.com/strawberry-margarita-recipe/ 
    4. Mix That Drink. Spicy Apricot Margarita. https://mixthatdrink.com/spicy-apricot-margarita/ 
    5. Love and Lemons. Mojitarita Recipe. https://www.loveandlemons.com/mojito-recipe/  
    6. Erin Lives Whole. Easy Watermelon Margarita. https://www.erinliveswhole.com/easy-watermelon-margarita/ 
    7. Southern Living. Watermelon-Mint Margaritas. https://www.southernliving.com/recipes/watermelon-mint-margaritas 
    8. Wicked Spatula. Delicious Rosemary Ginger Margaritas Recipe. https://www.wickedspatula.com/rosemary-ginger-margaritas/ 
    9. Healthline. 8 Benefits of Hibiscus Tea. https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/hibiscus-tea-benefits#
    10. Southern Living. Hibiscus Mint Margarita Recipe. https://www.southernliving.com/recipes/hibiscus-mint-margaritas-recipe