9 Margarita Recipes You’ll Want to Make All Summer Long

updated Apr 19, 2022
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Quick frozen margarita topped with fresh mint in pretty tumbler glass.
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I’m not here to yuck anyone’s yum, but if your go-to margarita involves pouring tequila into some pre-made sweet-and-sour mix, it might be time to broaden your horizons. Made properly, the margarita is a strong, sour, just-sweet-enough cocktail that’s as perfect for an at-home happy hour as it is for an afternoon at the beach. And the secret to a next-level sip is simple: Skip sour mixes and bottled lime juice, and squeeze your own limes instead. The fresh juice will add a crisp, sour flavor, and will make it easier to control the level of sweetness. Below, you’ll find a few classic margaritas, plus several riffs on the original lime-tequila-Triple Sec combination. Whatever you’re in the mood for, you’ll find it here!

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3-2-1 Pitcher Margaritas
True to its name, this big-batch margarita is made by simply combining three cups of tequila, two cups of orange liqueur, and one cup of fresh lime juice. It makes for a pretty stiff drink, so pour with caution.
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Ultimate Frozen Margaritas
Nothing livens up a party like a blender full of frozen margaritas. Because these are made with sugar and fresh lime juice (instead of bottled margarita mix), they’re better than any pre-made frozen margarita you’d get at a bar.
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Watermelon Margarita
This pretty pink drink is just about as refreshing as it gets this time of year, and is all too easy to sip. What’s better? It’s just three ingredients.
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2-Ingredient Frozen Italian Ice Margaritas
These dead-simple frozen drinks rely on nothing but tequila and your favorite flavor of Italian ice.
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Strawberry Basil Margaritas
You'll want to keep this one on tap for as soon as rube red strawberries come into season.
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Shishito Margarita
If you love shishito peppers, you've got to try muddling one into your next batch of margaritas.
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Blood Orange-Jalapeno Margaritas
A subtle kick from fresh jalapeños make these margaritas totally memorable.
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Cranberry Margarita Recipe
The tartness of the cranberries pairs beautifully with the classic margarita trifecta: tequila, orange liqueur, and lime juice.
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Cranberry Pitcher Margaritas
A quick four-ingredient recipe for pitcher margaritas flavored with cranberry juice, perfect for the Thanksgiving season.
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