Home » Recipes » Drinks » Cocktails » 12 Best Margarita Recipes

12 Best Margarita Recipes

Looking for the best margarita recipes? From a classic margarita to fruity and frozen margaritas, I’ve got you covered! Plus, the best tequila for a margarita and other important things to know.

What’s In A Margarita?

Classic margaritas are typically made with tequila, an orange liqueur like Triple Sec or Cointreau, and freshly squeezed lime juice. There are many variations, of course, that include other types of juice or add ingredients like jalapenos, cucumbers, or berries.

What’s The Best Tequila for a Margarita?

The best tequila to use for a margarita is one that you love to drink. In general, a silver or blanco tequila is the best option. It’s a bit sweeter and smoother than reposado and since we’re adding so many other ingredients, there’s no need to splurge on a bottle of aged tequila.

While you definitely don’t need to use top-shelf tequila to make any of these margarita recipes, I do recommend avoiding cheap tequila. Using cheap tequila in a margarita is like asking for a hangover! Plus it just doesn’t taste as good. Patron is always a good starting point if you don’t know which one to pick.

Can You Prepare Margaritas For a Crowd?

Margaritas are a great cocktail to serve at parties or for a crowd in general because you can easily prepare a big batch of them! Most of the margarita recipes I’ll share below will have specific instructions but the general idea of preparing margaritas for a crowd is to combine all of the ingredients in a pitcher, except for ice, and chill until serving. (This is perfect for making in advance!)

Then pour into glasses over ice with your desired garnishes. Easy peasy!

How to Salt a Rim

Margaritas traditionally come with a salted rim, though some fruity margaritas will have a sugar rim instead and others may have a spicy tajin rim.

Either way, salting (or sugaring) a margarita glass rim is super easy:

  • Moisten the rim. The easiest way to do this is by rubbing a lime wedge along the edge though if you’re opting for a sugar rim, you may want to dip it into simple syrup instead.
  • Dip straight into salt. Spread coarse salt out in a shallow dish then dip the glass straight down into it and back up. Avoid twisting it, as that can cause the salt to fall off.

What to Serve with Margaritas

I’m all about sipping on a marg anytime, for any reason. But to me, the best excuse for whipping up a margarita or two is…Mexican food.

There is seriously nothing better than relaxing with friends, munching on some queso and chips, and sippin’ on a classic margarita.

Here are a few other Mexican-inspired dishes that pair well with a margarita:

12 Best Margarita Recipes

One thing I love about margaritas is that while you can never go wrong with a classic margarita, there are so many ways to switch it up! These margarita recipes are perfect for all seasons and all occasions.

Frozen mango margarita with a lime wedge.

Frozen Mango Margaritas

With a little kick from the spicy tajin rim, these Frozen Mango Margaritas are the perfect combination of sweet, tart, and refreshing. Perfect for hot summer days!

an ruby red colored margarita with blood orange garnish

Blood Orange Margarita Recipe

With a bright, citrusy flavor and beautiful red-orange color this Blood Orange Margarita is sure to become a favorite. Easy to prepare for a crowd!

A Skinny Margarita in a Glass Garnished with a Slice of Lime

The Ultimate Skinny Margarita Recipe – Only 132 Calories!

Drink as many of these Skinny Margaritas as you’d like, guilt-free! Made with just 4 ingredients, this refreshing margarita is sure to make a regular appearance!

glass with spicy margaritas with jalapenos and lime

Light & Refreshing Spicy Margarita Recipe

Turn up the heat with this Spicy Margarita recipe! Jalapeno-infused tequila blends with fresh lime, orange juice, and agave for a cocktail that has just the right amount of spice.

a photo of a glass filled with the ultimate classic margarita recipe

How to Make a Margarita – The BEST Recipe!

If you’re looking for the best classic margarita recipe, you’ve found it! All you need is 5 ingredients!

easy white christmas margarita pitcher recipe

Easy White Christmas Margarita Pitcher Recipe

If you’re looking for a Christmas cocktail everyone will love, this White Christmas Pitcher Margarita is it. With creamy coconut, lime juice, tequila, and cranberries it looks festive while tasting light and refreshing.

overhead photo of the ultimate blender frozen strawberry margarita recipe

The Ultimate Blender Frozen Strawberry Margaritas

These Frozen Strawberry Margaritas are just the thing to cool you down on a hot summer day! You can even prepare them in advance. Perfect for summer parties!

Fresh Berry Frozen Margaritas in a pitcher - loaded with sweet berries, agave, tequila, and fresh juices. It's the perfect party cocktail! These frozen margaritas are delicious, extremely smooth and fruity - guaranteed to be a crowd pleaser!

Mixed Berry Frozen Margaritas

Made with fresh berries, agave, tequila, and fruit juice, these Mixed Berry Frozen Margaritas are perfect for a crowd. Smooth, refreshing, and super flavorful!

THYME BLACKBERRY MARGARITAS, as gorgeous as they are delicious! This is one smooth margarita with a hint of citrus, blackberry flavor and subtle notes of fresh thyme! You're gonna fall in love! | joyfulhealthyeats.com

Thyme Blackberry Margaritas

Craving something different? Try these Thyme Blackberry Margaritas! Simple to make, they have a unique flavor profile of citrus, berries, and thyme that you’re sure to love.

POMEGRANATE MARGARITAS an easy cocktail recipe you can rock all year round! Made with fresh ingredients. Cheers to the BEST Margarita Recipe ever! | joyfulhealthyeats.com

Pomegranate Margarita Recipe

These easy Pomegranate Margaritas are bright, refreshing, and perfect for enjoying year-round. They’re lovely poolside in the summer but the color makes them perfect for holidays too.

A spicy blackberry margarita in a glass with a second marg and a jar of homemade simple syrup in the background

Spicy Blackberry Margarita

This Spicy Blackberry Margarita offers the best of both worlds – jalapeno-infused tequila and blackberry simple syrup. The end result is a cocktail that’s the perfect balance of sweet and spicy!

Side shot of a cadillac margarita.

Cadillac Margarita

You can’t beat this classic. A Cadillac Margarita will be your go-to summer cocktail made with tequila, Cointreau, fresh lime juice and topped with it’s classic Grand Marnier floater then served over ice with a salt rim.



Review and rate this recipe!

I love hearing from you! Submit your question or review here. Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked*.