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.


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.

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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