15 of the Best [And Most Creative] Margarita Recipes

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Every day is a great day for a margarita! Many people get stuck with the classic lime, tequila, simple syrup recipes, but there is a whole world of creative margarita recipes waiting to be explored.

We asked 15 resorts, restaurants, and destinations to share their favorite creative margarita recipes with us. From Cabo to Santa Fe, we have gathered some tasty margarita recipes begging to be mixed and sampled. Let the celebration begin!

15 Creative Margarita Recipes

1. Grapefruit Margarita from Montage Los Cabos in Mexico

Montage margarita is a classic vacation cocktail
Margarita | Photo via Montage Los Cabos

Our first drink comes from our popular 40 Cocktails That Will Make You Feel Like You Are on Vacation article, originally shared by Montage Los Cabos. 

If you have been lucky enough to stay at a Montage resort, you know that they are first class all the way. So it is no surprise that the Montage Los Cabos is sharing a first-rate Grapefruit Margarita recipe. The usage of grapefruit almost makes this a breakfast beverage, am I right?

Yield: Serves 1

Grapefruit Margarita

Grapefruit Margarita

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 oz. El Tesoro Blanco Tequila
  • 2 oz. Grapefruit Juice
  • 1 oz Cinammon Syrup
  • Fresh or Dried Lime Slice and a Salt or Sugar Rim for Garnish

Instructions

    1. Combine all cocktail ingredients with ice in a cocktail shaker.
    2. Shake vigorously until chilled and diluted. 
    3. Cut a lime wedge, moisten the rim of a medium glass, and then dip in salt or sugar for the rim.
    4. . Pour cocktail into glass and serve.

Notes

Here is a recipe for homemade cinnamon syrup.

Trekaroo Tip: Montage is also sharing various other recipes through their #MontageAtHome series on Instagram. Thank you to our friends at Preferred Hotels & Resorts,for pointing me in the direction of this tasty series.

2. Prickly Pear Margarita from Red Mountain Resort in St. George, Utah

Prickly Pear Margarita
Prickly Pear Margarita | Photo via Red Mountain Resort

Some margarita recipes produce results that are almost too pretty to drink. Notice that I said “almost”.

Prickly pears are a common sight in the American Southwest. They are a seedy fruit that grows on the prickly pear cactus, and they are a great base for a margarita. 

Red Mountain Resort in St. George, Utah is in the heart of prickly pear country, surrounded by the remarkable red rocks of Southern Utah. They recommend enjoying this Prickly Pear Margarita after spending some time in great outdoors. 

Yield: Serves 1

Prickly Pear Margarita

Prickly Pear Margarita

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 oz Triple Sec
  • 8 oz Agave Wine Spirits
  • 2 oz Fresh-Squeezed Lime Juice
  • 1 oz Prickly Pear Puree
  • 2 oz Simply Syrup*
  • Ice cubes

Instructions

    Moisten a margarita glass rim with a lime wedge and dip the rim of the glass into salt.

    To serve on the rocks: Combine all ingredients into a cocktail shaker to mix, then pour over ice.

    To serve blended: Combine all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. 

Notes

Simple Syrup Directions: Combine ¼ cup sugar and ¼ cup water in a medium sauce pot and bring to a simmer over low to medium heat. Stir occasionally until the sugar has melted into the water, about 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Simple syrup can be stored in the refrigerator for future use, up to two weeks.

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3. Basil Mangorita from JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa in Cancun, Mexico

Basil Mangorita is a great margarita recipe
Basil Mongorita | Photo via JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa

JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa shares this next recipe from their 150 Margaritas Menu. They love the Basil Mangorita because it strikes the perfect balance of herbal and sweet.

I love how the color reminds me of sunshine, and the flavors are reminiscent of the tropical beaches on the Yucatan peninsula.

Yield: Serves 1

Basil Mangorita

Basil Mangorita

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ oz Tequila (Preferably Clase Noble Reposado)
  • 1 ½ oz Freshly Squeezed Mango
  • Basil Leaves
  • 1 oz Lemon Juice
  • 1 oz Grand Marnier

Instructions

    1. Pour all ingredients in a shaker glass and muddle together.

    2. Add ice and shake.

    3. Pour ingredients into a glass, and garnish with basil leaves.

Trekaroo Tip: You and tequila aren’t friends? No problem! Try substituting vodka for tequila in any of these margarita recipes. Ole!

4. La Fonda on the Plaza’s Tamarindo Margarita in Santa Fe, New Mexico

Tamarindo Margarita
Tamarindo Margarita | Photo via La Fona on the Plaza

Did you know that Santa Fe has an entire Margarita Trail? Oh yes, they do!

The Margarita Trail features 45 of Santa Fe’s finest margaritas, from classic to wild and wacky, like the Meowgarita– made with reposado tequila, cointreau, agave, fresh lime juice and butterfly pea flower tea topped with a cloud of cotton candy- at the Float Cafe & Bar at Meow Wolf. 

Can’t make it to Santa Fe anytime soon? That doesn’t mean you can’t drink like you are there!

The Tamarindo Margarita from La Fiesta Lounge at La Fonda on the Plaza celebrates tamarind, a tropical fruit that is a popular flavoring in Mexican candies and beverages. It is sweet and sour, perfect for a margarita!

Tamarind Syrup can be found on Amazon or at well-stocked grocery store. 

Yield: Serves 1

Tamarindo Margarita

Tamarindo Margarita

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 oz Herradura Silver Tequila
  • 1/2 oz Triple Sec
  • 1/2 oz Tamarind Syrup
  • 1/2 oz Fresh Lime Juice
  • Alderwood Smoked Salt Rim (optional -- any kind of salt rim will work)

Instructions

    1. Shake all ingredients in a shaker filled with ice.
    2. Pour in a glass with ice and enjoy.

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5. Blackberry Ginger Margarita from Mastro’s Ocean Club in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Blackberry Ginger Margarita
Blackberry Ginger Margarita | Photo via Mastro’s Ocean Club

I never thought to put blackberry and ginger in a margarita, but I am really glad that Mastro’s Ocean Club did! The two flavors really do marry together nicely.

Plus, ginger is great for your immune system and blackberries are packed with vitamin C, so let’s consider this boozy drink a bit of an immune booster. 

Yield: Serves 1

Blackberry Ginger Margarita

Blackberry Ginger Margarita

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3 Blackberries 
  • ½ Fresh Squeezed Lemon 
  • .5 oz. Tres Agave Nectar 
  • 1.5 oz. Casamigos Reposado Tequila 
  • .5 oz. Shrub & Co. Spicy Ginger
  • 1 Blackberry
  • Thyme Sprig

Instructions

    1. Combine 3 blackberries, ½ lemon juice, .5 oz. Tres Agave Nectar in a tall glass. 

    2. Muddle and add ice.

    3. In shaker, add 1.5 oz. Casamigos Reposado Tequila, .5 oz. Shrub & Co. Spicy Ginger and shake.

    4. Pour into glass and garnish with 1 blackberry and a thyme sprig.

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6.  O’Rita Margarita from Mustang Harry’s in New York City

Orita Margarita
O’Rita Margarita | Photo via Mustang Harry’s

Who says tequila has to be the only hard liquor in a margarita? 

Two brothers from County Tipperary in Ireland own Mustang Harry’s, an Irish gastropub in New York City. They created the O’Rita, which is basically a classic margarita with a small shot of whiskey floating atop it in a hollowed-out, half-lime raft.

I say, it’s a party waiting to happen!

Yield: Serves 1

The O'Rita

The O'Rita

 

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 oz. El Tesoro Silver Tequila 
  • 1 oz. Fresh Squeezed Lime Juice
  • 1 oz. Simple Syrup 
  • 1/2 oz Kilbeggan Irish Whiskey

Instructions

    1. Pour tequila, lime juice, and simple syrup into a shaker with ice.

    2. Shake until cold and strain into a rocks glass over ice.

    3. To garnish, turn half a lime husk inside-out to create a "shot glass,” fill to the top with Kilbeggan Irish Whiskey, and carefully set it on top of the drink.

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7. Pedregal Reyes Margarita from Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos Pedregal in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Pedregal reyes Margarita
Pedregal Reyes | Photo via Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos Pedregal
 
This drink looks like a citrus sunset. The Pedregal Reyes is the most requested cocktail at the Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos Pedregal, and one look at the ingredient list will give you an indication why. 
 
In addition to tequila, there is Ancho Reyes liquor, chile ancho syrup, as well as orange, lime, grapefruit, and pomegranate juice. The result is a fruity, refreshing cocktail with a kick. 
 
Yield: Serves 1

Pedregal Reyes Margarita

Pedregal Reyes Margarita

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 oz Tequila Reposado
  • 1 oz Ancho Reyes Liquor 
  • 1 oz Fresh Orange Juice
  • 1 oz Fresh Grapefruit Juice
  • 1 oz Fresh Lime Juice
  • Splash of Fresh Pomegranate Juice
  • 1 oz Pasilla Pepper Syrup
  • Garnish: Pepper Tuile and Grapefruit

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake until mixed.
  2. Strain into glass with ice and garnish.

Notes

You can create your own pasilla pepper syrup at home. Substitute pasilla peppers into this recipe for for chili pepper simple syrup. Don't have pasilla peppers? Use your favorite spicy pepper instead.

8. Loca Rita from the Tipsy Alchemist in Dallas, Texas

Loca Rita
Loca Rita | Photo via Tipsy Alchemist

Lately I have been obsessed with drinks that involve pineapple and jalapenos so, of course, I had to include this little creation in our margarita round-up. The Loca Rita comes from the Tipsy Alchemist* in Dallas, Texas, which is located on the city’s famed Margarita Mile. 

Fun Fact: Did you know that the first frozen margarita machine was invented in Mariano Martinez in Dallas?

The Loca Rita packs a spicy punch, and if you aren’t able to sip this one in Dallas, you can use the recipe below to enjoy this spicy bit of heaven at home. 

Yield: Serves 1

Loca Rita Margarita

Loca Rita Margarita

Additional Time 8 hours
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 8 hours 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 oz. Piña Loca Pineapple Tequila
  • ½ oz. Triple Sec
  • ½ oz. Jalapeño Reduction (a simple syrup mixture of fresh jalapeños and sugar)
  • Small Bouquet of Cilantro
  • 1 oz. Fresh Lime Juice
  • 3 drops of Peychaud’s Bitters

Instructions

    1: Freeze a few ounces of fresh cilantro overnight.

    2. Chill a Coupe cocktail glass while preparing margarita in mixing glass.

    3: Add frozen cilantro and liquid ingredients into the mixing glass starting with 2 ounces of Piña Loca Pineapple Tequila, ½ ounce of triple sec,1 ounce of fresh lime juice and ½ ounce of jalapeño reduction.

    4: Add ice to the mixing glass and shake vigorously until all the ingredients are mixed. Double strain the ingredients into the chilled Coupe cocktail glass. Finish the drink by adding 3 drops of Peychaud’s bitters for flavor and rich, floral aromatics.

*The Tipsy Alchemist also has a location in Austin, Texas. 

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9. Big Boy Pastelito from Sugar Rooftop Bar in Miami, Florida

Big Boy Pastelito Margarita
Big Boy Pastelito | Photo via Sugar Rooftop Bar

This next margarita definitely has an exotic vibe. The Big Boy Paselito from Sugar at EAST Miami hotel uses guava puree to give this beverage an Art Deco look and tropical vibe. The mint garnish keeps things cool, Miami Vice style.

Yield: Serves 1

Big Boy Pastelito

Big Boy Pastelito

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ oz Reposado Tequila
  • ½ oz Cointreau Nuar
  • ¾ oz Lime Juice
  • 1 ½ Guava Puree
  • ½ oz Agave
  • Mint

Instructions

    1. Combine the reposado tequila, cointreau nuar, and lime juice into a shaker and shake.

    2. Add in the guava puree, agave, and ice and shake.

    3. Pour into a glass and garnish with mint.

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10. Viva Mexico from Royalton Suites Cancun in Cancun, Mexico

Viva Mexico cocktail
Viva Mexico Margarita | Photo via Royalton Suites Cancun
I love the name of this next drink ¡Viva Mexico! I just want to shout it over and over as I sip on this minty, watermelon margarita. Why? Because I love Mexico and can’t wait to visit this beautiful country again.
 
The Viva Mexico margarita comes from the Level 18 Rooftop Cabana Lounge at Royalton Suites Cancun , where they serve cocktails poolside. You can drink this by your backyard pool or heck, maybe even your bathtub! We won’t judge. 
 
Yield: Serves 1

Viva Mexico Margarita

Viva Mexico Margarita

 

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1.5 ounces Tequila or Mezcal
  • 1.5 ounces Watermelon Liquor
  • 4 Mint Leaves
  • 1 ounce of Lemon Juice
  • .5 ounces of Simple Syrup

Instructions

    1. Place a mint leaf at the bottom of a glass and add ice.

    2. Combine the watermelon liquor, simple syrup, lemon juice, and tequila in a shaker and shake.

    3. Once fully mixed, pour the concoction into your glass, and add extra mint leaves as a garnish and enjoy. 

11. 400 Rabbits from Tarrytown House Estate in Westchester County, New York

400 Rabbits Cocktail
400 Rabbits | Photo via Goosefeather at Tarrytown House Estate

400 Rabbits- such a weird name for a drink, no? The name is based on Aztec mythology, celebrating the 400 drunken Rabbit Gods that were the children of the Goddess of Alcohol Mayahuel and Petecatl, God of Medicine. 

And to make things even better, the Aztecs would see someone who had far too much to drink and say they were “as drunk as 400 rabbits”! Save that one for your repertoire. 

The 400 Rabbits Cocktail comes from Goosefeather at Tarrytown House Estate in Westchester County, New York. It is the only tequila-based beverage that I have ever seen that calls for carrot juice. But there is also lime, passion fruit, and cinnamon syrup in there to spice things up.

Go ahead, drink those fruits and veggies! 

Yield: Serves 1

400 Rabbits

400 Rabbits

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 oz. Tequila
  • .5 oz. Mezcal
  • .5 oz. Ancho Reyes
  • .25 oz. Velvet Falernum
  • .75 oz. Lime
  • .25 oz. Passionfruit
  • .75 oz. Carrot
  • .25 oz. Cinnamon Syrup

Instructions

    1. Shake and serve in a Collins glass with a mint sprig and a tranche of carrot.

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12. Wheatgrass Margarita from Grand Velas Los Cabos in Mexico

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Wheatgrass Margarita | Photo via Grand Velas Los Cabos
 
Health nuts can get involved in the margarita madness. The Wheatgrass Margarita comes from Grand Velas Los Cabos, on the tip of Mexico’s beautiful Baja peninsula. Wheatgrass is easy to grow at home in a sunny kitchen window, and its health properties are numerous. 
 
Not up for kitchen gardening? You can grab wheatgrass powder online or at health food stores. Use it to mix up this creative margarita. 
Yield: Serves 1

Wheatgrass Margarita

Wheatgrass Margarita

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1             Wheatgrass Shot
  • 1 ½ oz    Don Julio Blanco Tequila
  • 1 oz        Cointreau
  • 1 oz        Lemon Juice
  • ½ oz       Agave Honey

Instructions

    1. Combine all ingredients in a shaker.

    2. Shake and pour over ice.

Notes

A wheatgrass shot is a teaspoon of wheatgrass powder diluted in 2 oz of water.

13. Shady Lady Cocktail by 1833 Kitchen & Bar in Aurora, New York

Shady Lady Cocktail
Shady Lady Cocktail | Photo via Inns of Aurora

When most people think about cranberry-based cocktails, they often think about vodka drinks like the Cosmopolitan. But who says tequila and cranberry can’t go together?

The Shady Lady Cocktail was sent to us from the Inns of Aurora, based in the Finger Lakes region of New York in a a charming National Historic District.

This drink was first mixed up by 1833 Kitchen & Bar Assistant Manager, Ben Maywalt. He was the genius who thought to combine tequila, apple brandy, cranberry juice, and lime. And thankfully, he also gave it a fantastic name so we can all embrace our shady side while we sip on this fruity beverage. 

Yield: Serves 1

Shady Lady Cocktail

Shady Lady Cocktail
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1.5 oz Arrete Tequila 
  • 1 oz Coquerel Calvados 
  • .75 oz Cranberry Juice 
  • .5 oz Fresh Lime

Instructions

    1. Fill a shaker with ice and add all ingredients.

    2. Shake generously and then pour into a highball glass.

    3. Finish with a lime twist or wedge garnish. 

14. Pancho Peppers Margarita from Panama Jack Resorts Playa del Carmen in Mexico

Pancho peppers margarita
Pancho Peppers | Photo via Panama Jack Resorts

This drink is ideal for someone who loves the flavor of peppers but doesn’t want to drink anything too spicy. Bell peppers are mild and full of flavor, and help make up this tasty margarita.

Panama Jack Resorts in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico serves up the Pancho Peppers Margarita. They make an easy bell pepper simple syrup and combine it with orange and lime juice (and of course, tequila) to make for a drink that is filled with flavor but won’t set all those alarm bells off on your taste buds. 

Yield: Serves 1

Pancho Peppers Margarita

Pancho Peppers Margarita

Prep Time 5 minutes
Additional Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 oz. Bell Pepper Simple Syrup
  • 1 oz. Don Julio Reposado Tequila
  • ½ oz. Orange Liqueur
  • 3 Bell Pepper Strips
  • 1 ½ oz. Sour Orange Juice
  • ½ oz. Lime Juice
  • Lime wedge
  • Garnish: 5 tsp. of Tajin Classic Seasoning and 2 Bell Pepper Strips

Instructions

    1. Rub the lime wedge on the outer edge of an old-fashioned glass and roll in Tajin seasoning.
    2. Add all ingredients (minus bell pepper strips) to a cocktail shaker and fill with ice. Shake.
    3. Pour into an old-fashioned glass and garnish with bell pepper strips.

Notes

Bell Pepper Simple Syrup: Combine 1/2 of a red bell pepper diced, 1/2 of a yellow bell pepper diced, 2 cups water, and 1 cup sugar into a small sauce pan over med-high heat. Stir until the sugar is dissolved and then let boil until the liquid is reduced by half. Strain and let cool. Move to a glass container and store in fridge.

15. Santacafé Chipotle Margarita from Santacafé in Santa Fe, New Mexico

Santacafe Chiptole Margarita
Santacafe Chiptole Margarita | Photo via Tourism Santa Fe
 
We are back on the Santa Fe Margarita Trail for this next margarita. Chipotle is known for being smoky and spicy, great for us heat enthusiasts.
 
The Santacafe Chiptole Margarita brings the spice Santa Fe is known for. And, since I am on a pineapple kick, this spicy, smoky, pineapple-y beverage is really speaking to me right now.
 
Chipotle puree in easy to find in the Mexican food section of most grocery stores. You only need a dash in this drink so save the rest to make chipotle chicken enchiladas to serve alongside your cocktail. 
 
 
Yield: Serves 1

Santacafe Chiptole Margarita

Santacafe Chiptole Margarita

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 Oz. Silver Tequila
  • 1/2 Oz. Triple Sec
  • 2 Ounces Fresh Lemon or Lime Juice
  • Splash of Pineapple Juice
  • Dash of Chipotle Purée
  • Salt, Sugar, and Lime Zest for Rim

Instructions

  1. Moisten the rim of a glass and coat with a mixture of sugar, salt, and lime zest.
  2. Combine remaining ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake.
  3. Pour into glass filled with ice. Garnish with a lime wedge and chili flakes.
 
 

 

 

About the author

Sharlene Earnshaw is Trekaroo’s Editor in Chief. She lives in sunny Orange County, CA, with her husband and 13-year-old son and daughter (twins!). She is a self-proclaimed National Park junkie and has the goal of visiting each and every one with her kids. When she isn't traveling to places like Norway, Peru, Disney World, and Hawaii with her family, she enjoys hiking, beach days, obsessively rooting for the San Francisco 49ers, and planning her brood's next trip.

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