Best Margarita Recipes for Cinco De Mayo

Hi loves and Happy Fri-YAY! More importantly, Happy Cinco De Mayo!!

TACO bout' a long week, right?? I don't know about you guys but I've literally been ready for tequila and tacos since Monday.
I'm sure you're ready to jump right into margarita recipes so I'll keep this short and sweet {OR maybe a little spicy for those of you who are a little more adventurous!} 
This week has truly been one for the books! I just started a new job at Victoria's Secret.com as the Dream Angels Bra Buyer and couldn't be more excited! After moving back to NYC from LA in January, it's been a long roller coaster of job interviews, follow up emails, working on my blog and website in between. Through the ups and downs, I have learned SO much about myself and couldn't be happier to end up at VS where I worked an an Assistant Buyer almost 4 years ago. I am so excited to share this personal journey with you guys!
With that said, Cheers to new beginnings! Here are my top 5 favorite margarita recipes.
1. CLASSIC LIME MARGARITA
Classic Lime Margarita
HAD to start with a classic marg recipe. This one is actually my dads..He makes THE BEST and STRONGEST margs so I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do!! {Pass the salt por favor!}
INGREDIENTS (Makes 2 to 3)
  • 4 oz. Tequila
  • 2 oz. Cointreau
  • 1 oz. Brandy
  • 7 oz. Margarita Mix
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Add all ingredients to shaker with a bit of crushed ice and shake well.
  2. Strain into glass with ice.
2. SPICY CUCUMBER CILANTRO JALAPENO MARGARITACucumber Cilantro Jalapeno Margarita
2) SPICY CUCUMBER CILANTRO JALAPENO MARG
Unfortunately I can only handle a little bit of spicy when it comes to food or cocktails, but I still love ordering spicy margaritas on occasion. {Shocker being that I grew up in Texas, I know!}
If you prefer a light and refreshing margarita, feel free to leave out the jalapeño all together or if you're like me, start with a little and add as much as you'd like to adjust the spiciness.
INGREDIENTS
  • 2 oz. white tequila
  • 2 oz. fresh cucumber juice*
  • .5 oz. Cointreau
  • 1 oz. fresh lime juice (about 1 lime)
  • .75 oz. agave syrup
  • 3 sprigs of cilantro
  • 1 seedless jalapeño slice
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Muddle cilantro and jalapeño in cocktail shaker with a little bit of crushed ice.
  2. Add tequila, cucumber juice, Cointreau, lime juice, agave syrup with ice and shake well.
  3. Strain into rocks glass with ice.
  4. Garnish with cilantro, jalapeño or cucumber slice as desired.
*To make cucumber juice, just peel a couple cucumbers and puree them in a blender or food processor. Then strain over wire mesh strainer and toss out the solids. Store whatever juice you don't use in the refrigerator, it will keep for several days.
3. WATERMELON MARGARITA POPSICLES
Watermelon Margarita Popsicles
I don't know about you guys, but when the weather starts warming up, I crave watermelon! There's something about the smell and taste that reminds me of hot, Summer days in Texas when I was a little girl. We would spend all day outside by the pool on the weekends and enjoy giant slices of watermelon. YUM!
I'm mostly stoked about this recipe because who doesn't still enjoy popsicles as an adult?! More importantly, BOOZY popsicles? {YES PLEASE.} I will most definitely be carrying this recipe into my Summer weekend staples for Summer days in Central Park!
You can view and buy popsicle molds from these popular retailers below:
Bed Beth & Beyond: SHOP POPSICLE MOLDS
INGREDIENTS
  • 4-5 C. diced watermelon, seedless (about ½ small watermelon)
  • ¼ C. tequila
  • 2 Tbls. Cointreau (or Triple Sec)
  • 3 Tbls. mint simple syrup (read about making flavored simple syrup here)
  • 1 Tbls. lime juice
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Puree watermelon in food processor or blender. Add tequila, Cointreau, simple syrup and lime juice. Taste and add more simple syrup or lime if needed.
  2. Pour into popsicle mold, Insert sticks and freeze until frozen.
4. PINEAPPLE COCONUT MARGARITA
Pineapple Coconut Margarita Recipe
OK OK..In hindsight I should've started my blog post with this recipe. Pineapple and Coconut are hands down my top 2 favorite fruits..But combined?? Don't even get me started! 
Anytime there is a cocktail menu with ANYTHING pineapple, it's usually what I end up ordering. This dreamy marg will whisk you away on a tropical journey to a beautiful, secluded beach! Just add ice.
INGREDIENTS
  • 2 oz tequila
  • 2 oz pineapple juice
  • 1 oz coconut milk
  • 1–2 tsp agave nectar, to taste
  • Juice of 1/2 lime
  • 1 cup ice
  • Optional: coconut chips and mint for garnish

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Add all the ingredients to a cocktail shaker and shake.
  2. Strain over ice into a rocks glass with the remaining 1/2 cup ice.
  3. Top with coconut chips and a mint sprig.
5. GRAPEFRUIT MARGARITA
This one is for the Boho babes out there who love their cocktails a bit sour! This recipe is great for something refreshing and different. If you enjoy interesting combinations, you can also make this a spicy marg by adding the optional jalapeño.
 
INGREDIENTS
  • ¾ cup of grapefruit juice
  • ¼ cup of fresh lime juice
  • 2 ounces of Triple Sec
  • 3 ounces of silver or blanco Tequila
  • 3 tablespoons of simple syrup or to taste (recipe below)
  • Sliced grapefruit for garnish (optional)
  • Jalapeño slices (optional if you like spicy)

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. If you prefer spicy and want to add jalapeños, start with placing tequila in a jar or cup. Then, add in a couple of slices of jalapeños plus the seeds. Let sit for at least 30 minutes so that the tequila can get infused with the spice. If not, skip this step.
  2. Add 1 to 2 cups of ice to a cocktail shaker and pour in the tequila. Add the rest of the ingredients. Option to add more simple syrup, depending on your preference.
  3. Give the shaker a good shake so that everything gets mixed together.
  4. Serve over ice with fresh grapefruit slices, jalapeño slices (if you'd like) and with or without a salty rim.
Alright, that's all for now. OLE!
Please note: You must be of legal drinking age to enjoy alcoholic beverages. Please drink responsibility. Luckily, all recipes above can be made without alcohol for those who are not of legal drinking age. Simply remove alcoholic ingredients, add ice and enjoy! 
Resources:
Classic Lime Marg photo: Pinterest
View the original cucumber cilantro jalapeno margarita recipe from pinterest here.
View the original watermelon margarita popsicle recipe from pinterest here.
View the original pineapple coconut margarita recipe from pinterest here.
View the original grapefruit margarita recipe from pinterest here.
Cinco De Mayo Margaritas

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