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5 Margarita Recipes for Cinco de Mayo

Make a Cinco de Mayo celebration even more festive with these easy-to-make margarita recipes. Our fun twists on the classic lime margarita include blackberry-infused and blended blue margaritas, plus get the basics on the most popular types of Mexican beer for your non-margarita loving guests.

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Classic Lime Margarita

The original limeade margarita is a classic drink for a Cinco de Mayo party. To serve eight party guests, you'll need:

  • 12-oz. can of frozen limeade concentrate
  • 3/4 cup gold tequila
  • 1/2 Cointreau or other orange liqueur
  • 4 cups ice
  • Lime
  • Coarse salt or sugar

Instructions: Put limeade concentrate, tequila, and Cointreau in a blender; cover and blend to combine. Gradually add ice cubes through an opening in the blender's lid until mixture becomes slushy. To prepare the margarita glasses, rub a lime wedge around each rim and dip into a shallow dish of coarse salt or sugar.

Texas Cooler version by Camille Styles of CamilleStyles.com: In a tall glass combine 3 tablespoons tequila, 3 tablespoons lime juice, 2 tablespoons Grand Marnier, and 2 tablespoons simple syrup (made from equal parts water and sugar cooked in a saucepan over medium heat until sugar is dissolved). Add 1/2 cup Topo Chico or other sparkling mineral water, chilled, and fill glass with ice. Garnish with lime wedges, if desired.

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Blackberry Margarita on the Rocks

Fresh blackberries are the perfect garnish for this fruity margarita. To serve eight Cinco de Mayo party guests, you'll need:

  • 1 to 1-1/2 cups of tequila
  • 1-1/2 cups Triple Sec or other orange liqueur
  • 3/4 cups blackberry brandy (optional)
  • 3/4 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1/2 cup superfine sugar or powdered sugar
  • 16-oz. package frozen unsweetened blackberries, thawed
  • Ice
  • Fresh blackberries

Instructions: Combine tequila, Triple Sec, lime juice, and sugar; stir until sugar is dissolved. If desired, replace half of the Triple Sec with blackberry brandy. Chill until ready to serve. In a blender, place the package of unsweetened blackberries; cover and blend until smooth. If desired, strain to remove seeds. Add blended fruit to tequila mixture; pour over ice cubes and garnish with fresh blackberries.

Sparkling Margarita

Sparkling wine or champagne gives this margarita a fun and unexpected twist. To serve six Cinco de Mayo party guests, you'll need:

  • 1 cup blanco (white) tequila
  • 2/3 cup lime juice
  • 1/3 cup agave nectar
  • 1-1/2 cups sparkling wine or champagne
  • Lime peel strips or very thin lime slices

Instructions: In a cocktail shaker, combine half of the tequila, lime juice, and agave nectar with plenty of ice. Shake for 5 seconds and strain the mixture into three glasses. Repeat with remaining tequila, juice and agave nectar. Top each serving with sparkling wine; add a lime peel strip and additional lime juice to taste.

Icy Cranberry Margarita

This blended fruit-infused margarita is quite a treat! To serve six Cinco de Mayo party guests, you'll need:

  • 1/2 cup frozen cranberry-raspberry juice concentrate, thawed
  • 1/2 cup tequila
  • 1/4 cup orange liqueur
  • 3 Tbsp. melon liqueur
  • 5 cups ice
  • Lime
  • Coarse salt or sugar

 Instructions: In a blender, combine juice concentrate, tequila, orange liqueur, and melon liqueur; cover and blend until combined. Gradually add ice, blending until slushy. Rub each margarita glass rim with a lime wedge. Dip the rims into a shallow dish of coarse salt or sugar and shake off excess. Pour blended margarita mix into prepared glasses.

Blended Blue Margarita

The blue Curacao in this blended margarita turns it a fun color, perfect for serving at a Cinco de Mayo party. To serve four party guests, you'll need:

  • 4 lime wedges
  • Coarse salt or sugar
  • 4 cups ice
  • 1 cup tequila
  • 8 Tbsp. blue Curacao
  • 4 Tbsp. lime juice
  • 2 tsp. sugar
  • 4 lemon or orange peel twists

Instructions: Rub each margarita glass rim with a lime wedge. Dip the rims into a shallow dish of coarse salt or sugar; shake off excess and set aside. Fill a blender with ice cubes; add tequila, blue Curacao, lime juice, and sugar. Cover and blend until smooth. Pour into prepared glasses; garnish with citrus twists.

Quick-and-Easy Guide to Mexican Beer

Not a margarita person? Try one of these popular Mexican beers, available at liquor stores or in specialty sections of grocery stores, at your Cinco de Mayo party.

Bohemia: This Mexican beer is made in the Czech pilsner style, so it's hoppy and dry with a hint of malt.

Carta Blanca: This golden beer is brewed in the Mexican lager tradition, is lightly carbonated, and has a clean, crisp aftertaste with a hint of sweetness.

Corona: One of the most well-known Mexican beers, Corona is a typical light lager that's slightly sweet with a hint of hops.

Dos Equis Amber: This light lager is pale yellow with a quickly dissipating head that opens to aromas of grain and corn.

Negra Modelo: This thick, dark Mexican ale is brewed in the Vienna style and is prized for its coppery color, hearty body, and toffeelike aftertaste.

SOL: This Mexican beer is dark gold and crystal clear, with minimal carbonation, a hint of hops, and a slightly bitter finish.

Pacifico Clara: This pale gold Mexican lager carries flavor notes of corn and yeast with a citrusy, grassy, dry aftertaste.

Tecate: Pale yellow and perfectly clear, this Mexican beer is a light, bright lager with a smooth body, clean aroma, and crisp aftertaste.

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