No cocktail could ever replace the tried and true Margarita. It’s a feat of sour simplicity that blends lime juice, simple syrup and delightfully vegetal tequila. But sometimes we get burnt out on the cocktail after one too many pitchers and want to change up our drinking routine. The next time you’re thirsty for an exciting new companion for your guacamole and chicharrones, try one of these five foolproof alternatives to the classic salt-rimmed Margarita.
If You Like Margaritas, You'll Love These Cocktails
When a Margarita and a Daiquiri have a beautiful baby, the tequila- and rum-infused Acapulco is born. A double dose of spirit may sound intimidating, but it also has a sweet-tart helping of pineapple, lime and grapefruit juices. A cocktail couldn’t possibly get more refreshing and summery than this.
Anyone who’s tried a Paloma knows how restorative the blend of grapefruit and tequila can be for your mind and body, but this herbal, savory variation takes the refresher a step further. Instead of grapefruit soda, the recipe calls for fresh grapefruit juice and salted rosemary syrup, which channels the classic Margarita’s traditional salt rim.
salted rosemary syrup
If you often find yourself upping the Scoville scale on your Margaritas, you’ll love the heat of the Leña Ice. Mezcal adds smoky undertones while serrano peppers up the burn factor and cucumber offers sweet relief. Along with agave nectar and fresh lime juice, a touch of herbal yellow Chartreuse finishes off the flavorful cocktail for a wickedly balanced, complex take on your simple Marg.
When your palate needs a rest from biting sour flavors but still craves the vegetal allure of tequila, this luscious golden cocktail is the answer. It replaces the Margarita’s lime juice with pineapple juice, a simple swap that makes a world of delicious, fruity difference.
Alternatives to the Margarita don’t necessarily require tequila—instead, keep the same basic sour formula and simply swap out the tequila for another base spirit. Gin or vodka will result in either an herbaceous or super crisp Gimlet, while a healthy dose of rum will get you a highly sippable Daiquiri.