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February 22nd is National Margarita Day. It’s as good a day as any to head to your favorite bar or restaurant for a margarita, and it’s just as good a day to make some margaritas at home and serve them to some friends.
Most margarita recipes don’t require much more than lime juice, tequila, triple sec, sugar, and any fruits you’ll be adding to change up the flavor and color of your drink (and salt if you want to decorate the rim of the glass in which you’re serving your fabulous margaritas). Whether you’re going for the classic margarita formula or looking to get adventurous with your fruit choices, these six special recipes won’t let you down on National Margarita Day.
The classic. Start simple. A standard margarita is equal parts tequila (often blanco), triple sec, and lime juice. A shot of tequila or triple sec is about the same volume as the juice of one to two limes; scale this combination as needed for however many friends you’ll be serving.
The seven recipes below, from some of our favorite food websites, take this standard formula and modify it for all sorts of interesting, novel, and sugary drink ideas:
Orange margaritas, from Spend With Pennies. You’ll use a bit less triple sec in this formula, and you’ll add a slightly higher volume of orange juice than you will tequila. Spend With Pennies also suggests using a sweetener, whether sugar or a less common option such as agave nectar, to really take this drink to the next level.
Strawberry margaritas, from Gimme Some Oven. Throw strawberries and a sweetener into your blender with the classic margarita ingredients. Serve it straight from the blender, or pour it over ice for a margarita on the rocks. You can even blend the ice directly with the ingredients to make a frozen margarita with a slush-like texture.
Grapefruit margaritas, from The Endless Meal. Combine one part each of grapefruit juice, lime juice, and sweetener, mix with two parts tequila, then garnish this gorgeous drink with grapefruit slices. The Endless Meal summarizes the charm of this simple recipe super well: “similar to a Paloma, only it’s made without soda so it’s not watered down.”
Chocolate margaritas, from Mix That Drink. Tired of fruit-based margaritas? Chocolate margaritas are just as sweet, but they offer a completely different flavor profile (and work better as dessert drinks than as part of any meals you might be serving). Godiva liqueur, cream, chocolate syrup, and orange juice replace all the classic ingredients, except tequila. You can even replace the salt often used for glass rim lining with chocolate sandwich cookie crumbles!
Vanilla margaritas, from Shockingly Delicious. For a margarita flavor that lands between fruity and dessert-like, the vanilla margarita is the way to go. It requires the fewest ingredients of any recipe on this list — just tequila, lemon juice, and vanilla syrup — and might be the one capable of pleasing the largest number of people.
What are some of your favorite margarita recipes? Let us know in the comments!