It is a truth universally acknowledged that you can never have too many Margaritas. Thankfully, the agave gods have smiled on the thirsty, tequila-loving masses with a bounty of techniques for making this classic cocktail, ranging from sweet, salty, spiced and tart elixirs to slushie, frozen and candied treats—each of which is as wonderful as the original. If you’re a Margarita lover who just can’t get enough, try these 10 delightful twists on the classic the next time the mood strikes.
The 10 Best Margaritas Because You Can Never Have Too Many
Of course the first stop on a Margarita journey is the classic. While it may seem humdrum, the three-ingredient cocktail is actually a flavor symphony. This traditional version—which nixes the triple sec for agave syrup and lime juice to more closely resemble sour cousins like the Daiquiri and Gimlet—bolsters your choice of quality tequila, making it the cocktail for agave spirit aficionados. Don’t sleep on this Marg.
The thunderclap of a shaker, the crinkling of a candy wrapper—these sounds bring joy to the heart. Candying a Margarita into a sucker means you no longer have to choose between the two melodious calls to adult snack time. Don’t be put off if you’ve never made candy before. This recipe isn’t much harder than shaking up your favorite tequila beverage (and you can drink while you cook).
Updating the Margarita for cooler weather is as easy as overturning a bottle of apple cider into your frozen drink. A fall-spiced twist on the Mexican Bulldog (a Margarita with a beer flipped into it), the Ciderdog remixes the Margarita’s sweet-sour pucker with cinnamon-infused tequila and lemon, which build on the apple and orange notes of the cider and Cointreau for a medley of autumnal flavors.
It’s impossible to feel blue while drinking a Margarita—unless you’re drinking this neon-hued variation. Swapping in blue çuracao for the more typical orange liqueur maintains the classic’s integrity, a rare feat among saccharine azure abominations. A touch of Amaro Meletti also adds subtle complexity to this intensely colored sipper.
If a blended Margarita just isn’t cold enough for you, hit the freezer even harder with a batch of these fruity popsicles. Blueberries and blackberries are common additions to to the classic cocktail, but these pops also have a hint of hibiscus, which adds nuance and depth. But be warned: These tasty treats will dye your tongue a vibrant red—oh, the nostalgia.
A truly garden variety Margarita, this twist utilizes a dash of smoky mezcal and spicy chile-infused tequila to complement the dusty, dirty, vegetal notes of carrot juice. A hint of cardamom syrup helps to drive those delightfully savory notes even deeper.
Margaritas are easy to guzzle down as it is, but the carefree sipper goes down even smoother in Jello Shot form. The classic citrusy flavor adapts easily into gelatin, boiling down to a jiggly little bomb of utter agave joy.
Taking inspiration from the creamy, sweet pumpkin often found in Mexican mole, this squashy cocktail is the best way to satisfy that autumnal craving drilled into your brain by Starbucks. Mezcal’s earthy notes find a dark, comfy home among pumpkin butter and cinnamon syrup, making this a Margarita variation worth unearthing every time the weather cools.
Plopping a popsicle in your cocktail is an ingenious way to cool the drink while infusing it with fruity flavor. Dunking a popsicle in a slushie, however, gives it those ultimate summer vibes. After a whirl in the blender, this raspberry Marg is garnished with a grape popsicle, transforming it into an oversized goblet of warm weather bliss.
If you’ve been scarred by one too many blended horrors at Tex-Mex restaurants, this is the frozen Margarita for you. All it requires is dumping a handful of ingredients into a plastic bag—including mango juice and all the Margarita essentials—and letting it freeze for a couple of hours. The super simple technique requires a lot less cleanup than using a blender, and it makes a great grab-and-go drink for whenever the craving hits.