Our Best Margarita Recipes

Frozen Cucumber Margaritas
Photo: Victor Protasio

A classic margarita may be one of the most popular cocktails around, and it's a perfect drink to make at home. Here, a collection of homemade margarita recipes, from a classic margarita on the rocks to a spicy frozen margarita, and more. Click through this gallery for all of our best simple margarita recipes.

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Black Grape And Chile Margarita

Black Grape And Chile Margarita
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This spicy margarita recipe from Food & Wine's Paige McCurdy-Flynn uses both chile powder and fresh chile for a double dose of heat.

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Blueberry Margarita

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This quick and easy margarita recipe is made with muddled blueberries and bitters.

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Mexico 70

According to master mixologist Dale DeGroff, a drink called the Tequila Daisy was served at Tijuana's Agua Caliente racetrack in the 1920s. It was made with lemon juice, tequila and a sweet ingredient—the template for a Margarita.

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Jalapeño Basil Lime Frozen Margarita

Jalapeno Basil Lime Frozen Margarita
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A blended frozen margarita, with a bit of heat from jalapeño, is the ideal warm-weather beverage.

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Mango Margarita

Mango Margarita

Bartender David Yan coats the rim of the glass with citrusy Tajin lime and chile powder, but any powdered chile will give the drink a fun kick.

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Blood Orange Margaritas

Blood Orange Margaritas

Chef Dean Fearing calls this drink, "the fall margarita." The sweet-tart blood orange flavor intensifies the margarita-ness of it.

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Spicy Margarita Punch

Spicy Margarita Punch
© Con Poulos

Muddled cucumber, jalapeño, cilantro, and mint make this one extra flavorful.

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Salt Air Margarita

Salt Air Margarita
© Tina Rupp

Chef José Andrés uses Sucro, a powdered emulsifier beloved by avant-garde chefs, to make the salty foam topping.

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Aphrodisiac Margarita

Aphrodisiac Margarita

Mixologist Adam Seger claims that the margarita is the cocktail world's aphrodisiac. This version combines passion fruit and pomegranate, commonly associated with Aphrodite, the goddess of love.

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Combier Margarita

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An elegant citrus-y margarita with lime, orange, and triple sec.

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Pear-Cilantro Margarita

Pear-Cilantro Margarita

Unusual fruit and herb combinations distinguish the drinks at this upscale taqueria, whose name loosely translates as "from scratch."

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Cucumber Margarita

Cucumber Margarita

The only thing more refreshing than a margarita is one made with cucumbers. The cucumber-infused tequila also makes a great punch.

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Maria's Margarita

Maria's Margarita, PX • Alexandria, VA
© Tina Rupp

Mixologist Todd Thrasher created this margarita to entice his wife into visiting him at PX, the 1920s-style speakeasy above the restaurant Eamonn's: A Dublin Chipper. The margarita's flavors are based on a spicy Salvadoran chile mix she likes to sprinkle on cucumbers.

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Pomegranate Margaritas

Pomegranate Margaritas

This margarita, Nadia Roden's own concoction, was inspired by the pomegranates her mother and grandmother used to serve at New Year's celebrations.

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Amante Picante Margarita

Amante Picante Margarita

Mixologists are still reacting against too-sweet drinks. This spicy margarita combines three savory ingredients: jalapeño, cilantro and cucumber.

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Grilled-Citrus Margaritas

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Photo © Daniel Krieger

These excellent margaritas have a subtle, smoky flavor. The secret: The limes and lemons are grilled before being juiced.

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Blood Orange Margarita with Ginger

Blood Orange Margarita with Ginger

Blood oranges adda a beautiful deep red color as well as a delicate citrus flavor to this ginger-infused margarita.

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Mango-Elderflower Margaritas

Mango-Elderflower Margaritas
©Ian Knauer

Combine mango and elderflower liquor for a vibrant and refreshing drink on a hot, summer day.

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Madame Ae-Ma

Madame AE-MA
Con Poulos

A rim of gochujang (Korean chile paste) and gochugaru (Korean chile powder) creates warming layers of heat in this tart and spicy take on a margarita. You can order gochujang and gochugaru online or find them at your local Asian grocery store.

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