Margaritas can make just about every event a fiesta — whatever the time of year.
But tequila's favorite cocktail takes on a summery spin when the classic margarita recipe gets a seasonal kick.
Bartenders who know their way around Mexico's classic beverage shared some inspired versions that are sure to surprise your guests this summer and amp up festivities. So bring out your prettiest margarita glasses and highballs for these easy-to-make concoctions sure to become favorites.
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Ruby red grapefruit juice makes the difference
There's nothing like cutting into a chilled grapefruit at breakfast on a hot summer morning. So it's no surprise the juicy citrus goes well in this margarita recipe from restaurant and lounge chain Ocean Prime.
For the tastiest results, juice your own fresh grapefruit and lime, says Andrea Cornwell, director of beverage for Ocean Prime and Cameron Mitchell Restaurants.
"It adds an additional layer to the cocktail which is bright and mouth-watering,” she says. To serve it in something other than a standard margarita glass, she recommends pouring this version into an etched highball.
And be sure to use a jigger for your pours, she says. “Measure everything just like a food recipe.”
- 1.5 ounce Don Julio Blanco Tequila
- 1/2 ounce St. Germain elderflower liqueur
- 3/4 ounce ruby red grapefruit juice, freshly squeezed
- 1/4 ounce lime juice
- 1/4 ounce agave nectar
- 1/4 ounce grenadine
1. Add all ingredients to cocktail shaker.
2. Add ice.
3. Shake vigorously for 5 seconds.
4. Strain and pour over fresh ice into glass prepared with a kosher salt rim.
5. Garnish with three submerged lime wheels.
Get a kick when watermelon and jalapeño meet
Tequila infused with one of Mexico's favorite chilis gives a boost to the sweet watermelon overtones of this summery cocktail from popular Mexican restaurant and tequila bar JoToro in Tampa, Florida.
To infuse the tequila with fresh peppers, just trim the top off two jalapeños and slice them into thin strips. Drop into a bottle of blanco tequila, close the cap, shake gently, and let sit for 10 hours or overnight. Strain the peppers and seeds and you're ready to go.
For an authentic and eye-pleasing rim on your margarita glass, look for the Mexican spice called tajin at a supermarket or Latin market (a mix of dried chili peppers, lime and sea salt).
JoToro Spicy Watermelon Margarita
- Tajin spice
- 2 cubes watermelon
- 1 ounce fresh watermelon puree
- 1/2 ounce fresh lime juice
- 3/4 ounce Casamigos Blanco Tequila
- 3/4 ounce jalapeño-infused Casamigos Tequila
- 1 1/2 ounces Ancho Reyes Ancho Chile Liqueur