National Margarita Day is February 22nd, and I couldn’t help but get in the *spirit* by assembling a list of my all-time favorite margaritas recipes. Whether you like your margaritas on the rocks or frozen, classic, skinny, or fruity, I’ve got you covered with over 30 amazingly delicious ideas.

Latina food blogger holding a grapefruit margarita.

Hosting a happy hour at home is one of my favorite ways to pass an evening. What is better than hanging out with your best buds in a comfy spot where you’re in charge of the music and snacks? Nothing, that’s what. So get your guest list ready – this roundup of over 35 margarita recipes will keep you inspired the whole year round!

Why I Love Homemade Margaritas

A real, honest-to-goodness margarita is a thing of beauty. Made with just a handful of ingredients, a true margarita should be bright, refreshing, and a perfect mix of sweet and tart. Starting with fresh ingredients and making your cocktails from scratch is the best and easiest way to ensure a delightfully slurpable beverage.

I can’t even begin to describe the disappointment and frustration I feel when I’m served a margarita made from a store-bought mix; there’s just no comparison to fresh! Store-bought mixes are usually laden with tons of artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives, plus an alarming amount of added sugar in the form of high fructose corn syrup.

In my homemade margaritas recipes, you won’t find ANY artificial ingredients – just high-quality spirits, fresh fruit, and fruit juice are all you need. Best of all, crafting a beautiful margarita doesn’t take much time if you have the ingredients on hand. Each of these recipes can be made in a matter of minutes.

Basic Ingredients

Making delicious margaritas at home is much simpler than you might think. Most of the recipes here will require the following ingredients:

  • Tequila – This Mexican spirit is the heart and soul of most margarita recipes. Depending on your flavor preferences and the recipe at hand, you will need to choose between three primary types of tequila: blanco (unaged), reposado (oak-barrel aged for 2-12 months), or añejo (oak-barrel aged for 1-3 years). No matter which type of tequila you reach for, be sure that it is made with 100% agave for the best flavor (and a lower incidence of hangovers).
    • Tequila blanco is the lightest, most citrus and agave-forward of the bunch;
    • Reposado becomes more mellow with notes of oak and vanilla; and
    • Añejo deepens the flavors associated with reposado, boasting strong notes of toffee and vanilla.
  • Orange Liqueur – Since this will be used as the primary sweetening agent of your margaritas, I suggest reaching for the good stuff. Brands like Cointreau or Grand Marnier are excellent, and a bottle will last you a good, long time.
  • Lime Juice – My unofficial motto should be “fresh is best!” The same applies to citrus juice. To get the most juice from your fruit, give em a firm roll on the countertop for 10-15 seconds before cutting into them.
  • Agave Nectar – Instead of using high fructose corn syrup, natural agave nectar is a perfect pair for agave-based tequila. It is also relatively low on the glycemic index, making it a much healthier option. You can also opt to use other liquid sweeteners like honey, maple syrup, or any number of simple syrups.
  • Salt – In my opinion, a margarita just isn’t a margarita without a salted rim! I suggest reaching for wide flakes of kosher salt here as they are less salty than table salt. You can also feel free to jazz up your rims by flavoring your salt with items like chamoy, chili flakes, sugar, Tajin, or citrus zest.
  • Ice – Make sure you use ice made from filtered water for the best, cleanest flavors.

Depending on which margarita recipe you choose, you may need to grab a few more ingredients. These include:

  • Frozen Fruit – You can either chop your own and freeze it, or raid your grocery store frozen aisle.
  • Alternative Spirits – A few recipes in this mix use tequila’s cousin, mezcal, which is smoky and delicious, like a Mexican version of scotch. You’ll also see appearances of other liqueurs (not just orange) and even beer!
  • Other Fruit Juices – Lime juice is traditional, but I have over 30 recipes for fruit-flavored margaritas here. For the best results, opt for high-quality juice brands, or better yet, make your own!
  • Infused Simple Syrups – Making flavored simple syrups is one of the fastest and easiest ways to up your bartending game. Simply mix together equal parts sugar and hot water until dissolved, then steep with fresh herbs, fruit peels, or even tea bags.

Bar Equipment 

Setting up a home bar doesn’t take much. Here are my essential tools for making every kind of margarita you can imagine:

  • Cocktail Shaker – Interestingly enough, shaking cocktails doesn’t just make them cold, it also gives them texture! By shaking with ice, small shards break off and help to aerate the margarita – sort of how sugar crystals aerate butter in the creaming stage. I love this hand-painted number, or this classic shaker.
  • Cocktail Strainer – While you want the smallest shards of ice to stay in your cocktail, the rest of the shaking ice should be discarded. Using a special cocktail strainer ensures an easy pour, every time.
  • Muddler – Smooshing berries or citrus is much simpler with the help of a muddler!
  • Cocktail Spoon – If you’re making pitchers of margaritas, be sure to keep a cocktail spoon on the bar. They’re extra long, meaning they can reach all the way to the bottom of the pitcher, and their swiveled stem helps to mix the ingredients thoroughly.
  • Lime Squeezer and/or Citrus Juicer – Using fresh citrus juice will immediately set your homemade margaritas apart. Make sure you get the most juice possible by using these handy tools.
  • Bar Tool Set – If you don’t want to buy everything individually, I love this set – it has every bar-specific tool you need!
  • Silicone Ice Cube Trays – If you don’t have an ice maker, these trays are a real life-saver!
  • High Powered Blender – Frozen margaritas are much easier to make with a high-powered blender like a Vitamix. Other, less powerful blenders will do, but you won’t get quite the same smooth consistency.
  • Margarita Glasses – Granted, margaritas can be sipped on from any number of vessels, from mason jars to wine glasses. That said, there’s something that feels extra special about using the proper cocktail glass for your happy hour at home. Here are a few of my favorite options: margarita glasses, hammered glasses, and mason jar mugs.

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How to Make Shaken Margaritas

Making shaken margs is a snap – simply rim your glass, measure ingredients into your cocktail shaker, add ice and shake like the dickens for about a minute, then strain into the glasses of your choice. Salud!

How to Make Frozen Margaritas

Frozen margaritas are also a snap to make. Aside from potentially peeling some fruit and rimming your glasses with salt or sugar, there’s no real work involved! Just dump everything into a high-powered blender at let the magic happen. Pretty soon you’ll feel like you’re on the beach digging your toes in the sand.

Expert Tips & Tricks for Happy Hour

Most margaritas recipes are pretty darn simple to follow. That said, I have a few tips & tricks to ensure your happy hour at home goes swimmingly:

  • Always rim your glasses. Like I said earlier, my margaritas don’t feel complete without a salt rim. But even if you have folks among you who aren’t into pure salt rims, there are so many other options! Try a 50/50 split of sugar and salt, add citrus zest to salt or sugar, use a seasoning blend like Tajin, or even try a special cocktail salt blend.
  • Don’t forget about garnishes. After decades of hosting, this one simple trick is the easiest way to make your happy hour feel more legit. Whether you opt for decorated drink toothpicks, sliced fruit, or a sprig of fresh herbs, garnishes will instantly elevate your margaritas to pro status.
  • Liquor loves company. What makes a happy hour happy? Friends, of course! Be sure to plan ahead and buy enough booze for the number of guests you plan to entertain.
  • Make sure you offer snacks! Nothing gets me quite so peckish as a margarita or two. Some of my favorite pairings include a big bowl of tortilla chips with guacamole, salsa, and queso. You can also get cheeky and serve a Margherita Mexican Pizza (Tlayuda) at your margarita party, because who doesn’t love puns?
  • Don’t forget about your DDs and other sober friends. If you’re hosting a happy hour, make sure you have options for people who aren’t drinking alcohol. My favorite easy accommodation is offering any number of aguas frescas, which are equally delicious straight or spiked.

Classic Margarita Recipes 3 Ways – Frozen, On the Rocks, and Skinny

It’s hard to mess with the classic margarita, made with just a few ingredients. Here are three iterations of the quintessential Mexican cocktail:

top down shot of two frozen margaritas

Classic Frozen Margarita Recipe

4.8 (5 ratings)
When the sun is shining and the weather is sultry, there’s no cocktail I’d rather sip on than a Classic Frozen Margarita. Sweet, tart, boozy, and slushy with a salty rim? That right there is my hot weather love language.
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Margarita on the Rocks

4.5 (2 ratings)
Make the perfect classic margarita on the rocks at home by following this simple recipe. Have a delightfully tart, perfectly fresh, and lightly sweet cocktail for happy hour tonight. Don’t worry, it’ll take you less than five minutes to make!
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two skinny margaritas on a wooden cutting board with a colorful Mexican embroidered runner and yellow and pink tulips

Skinny Margarita

5 (1 rating)
This guilt-free and flavorful Skinny Margarita is so simple to make with a handful of ingredients – quality tequila, fresh orange and lime juice, and agave nectar.
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24 Shaken Fruit-Flavored Margaritas Recipes

Nothing transports me to vacation brain faster than a fresh, fruit-flavored margarita. Branch out from traditional lime and try one of these bright and refreshing margarita recipes! They’re delicious all year round – from lemon-lavender in the spring, sparkling apple cider in the fall, and cranberry in the winter, there’s something here for any celebration.

Spicy Green Tea & Lemonade Margarita

If you think jalapeños, green tea, and tequila are a weird pairing, think again. I can basically promise that if you’re a fan of margs and Arnold Palmers, you’ll fall in love with my Spicy Green Tea and Lemonade Margarita. Your happy hour will never be the same again!
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two glasses of melon margarita on a serving tray with a turquoise cocktail shaker and orange lily

Cantaloupe Melon Margarita

If you love spiked aguas frescas, you're going to love my Cantaloupe Margarita! Combine kid-friendly agua de melonwith your favorite tequila for a happy hour treat you're sure to love.
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spicy cucumber margarita top down with a ribbon of cucumber

Spicy Cucumber Jalapeño Margarita

5 (5 ratings)
It's 5 o'clock somewhere, and this Cucumber Jalapeño Margarita is the perfect way to celebrate happy hour in style. Cool, refreshing cucumber meets spicy jalapeño with a kick of tequila blanco for a delightful way to end the day.
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Highland Margarita

5 (1 rating)
This grapefruit margarita recipe is delicious and oh-so-refreshing when made with fresh grapefruit juice.
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Lavender Lemon Margarita with lemons to the right and a bottle of tequila in the back

Lavender Lemon Margarita

5 (1 rating)
This Lavender Lemon Margarita is made with a homemade lavender simple syrup, fresh lemon juice, tequila, and a splash of mineral water. All that’s missing is a beach and a hammock.
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Strawberry-Tangerine Margaritas

5 (1 rating)
This pitcher of margaritas is made with freshly blended strawberries, tangerine and lemon juice, tequila, and a little honey for some added sweetness. Refreshing and so tasty! Enjoy.
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blood orange marigold margaritas

Blood Orange Marigold Margarita

5 (1 rating)
Tart blood orange juice makes a brilliantly colored cocktail and not to mention very uplifting. For a touch of Dia de los Muertos spirit, spike with marigold infused tequila for an additional layer of flavor.
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apple cider margarita

Sparkling Apple Cider Margarita (Manzana Paloma)

4.5 (2 ratings)
This crystal clear añejo tequila combined with apple cider, maple syrup, and a splash of sparkling mineral water is a delicious after dinner drink for the fall.
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A festive cranberry margarita served with a skewer of sugared cranberries and a sugared rim in a martini class on a wooden cutting board with rosemary and orange slices as garnish. The perfect Christmas cocktail or Thanksgiving drink!

Cranberry Margarita

5 (1 rating)
If you love cranberries like I do and let’s not forget tequila, then you’ll love this spunky blend. One look at this gorgeous red cocktail dressed up with a crystallized cranberry swizzle stick and you’ll say, “H-O-L-A Margarita!”
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Christmas Pomegranate Margarita served in two glasses

Pomegranate Margarita

5 (4 ratings)
The combination of pomegranate juice and freshly squeezed orange juice shaken with a couple of fragrant cloves, agave nectar, and tequila is beyond magical. 
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Charred Citrus and Jalapeño Margarita

5 (1 rating)
Reposado tequila and orange liqueur combined with charred lime, jalapeño, and clementine juice is a match made in cocktail heaven.
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Mason jar mugs filled with Cherry Limeade Margaritas on a cutting board with line slices and bowl of cherries

Cherry Limeade Margaritas

5 (4 ratings)
Cherry limeade and tequila is a match made in summer heaven. I have a feeling that once you try these Cherry Limeade Margaritas, you will be making them all summer long. It’s perfect for a crowd and so refreshing.
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Papaya Margarita

5 (1 rating)
This exotic tropical papaya margarita is cool, refreshing, and loaded with citrus juices. The jalapeño slices give a slight zing. The rim is sweet with honey and tangy and spicy with a salty, chile powder-rim.
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Prickly Pear Margarita served in two glasses

Prickly Pear or Xoconostle Margarita

5 (1 rating)
This margarita is an exotic combination that is refreshing, sweet, and tropical.
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Cucumber-Mint Grapefruit Margarita

5 (1 rating)
This cocktail is so invigorating with the combination of cucumbers, mint, and a splash of tangy grapefruit soda and tequila.
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Fig Margarita

5 (1 rating)
Summer is the perfect time to infuse tequila because there are so many fruits in season. Have fun picking your fruits, berries, citrus, and even chiles. For this margarita recipe, I used my homemade fig-infused tequila to make this gorgeous pastel pink late fall cocktail!
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Winter Pomelo Ginger Margarita

5 (1 rating)
The flavor of this citrus-forward margarita is sophisticated, smooth, and just lightly spicy from the ginger, sweet from the pomelo, and tart from the lemon and lime.
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Tangerine Margaritas

5 (1 rating)
A festive holiday cocktail made with fresh tangerine juice! Perfect for Christmas Brunch!
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Ugli Fruit Margaritas

5 (1 rating)
The sweet juice of the Ugli fruit tastes similar to a tangerine. With the addition of the other citrus fruits, the combination of flavors was just the zing I was hoping for. I have to say this margarita recipe is by far my favorite. And after doing some research, I found that Ugli fruit is an excellent source of vitamin C and fiber and contain fewer than 40 calories, about the same as a grapefruit.
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Spicy Citrus Margarita

5 (1 rating)
If you like spice, tang, and tequila then this unique margarita blend is just for you.
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Persimmon Margarita

5 (2 ratings)
This twist on a classic margarita is a great way to make the most of persimmon season, which is at its peak in November. The persimmon blends beautifully with tequila, and the cinnamon-sugar rim brings everything together seamlessly.
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Margaritas with Non-Traditional Spirits

While there are plenty of tequilas to choose from and even more margarita recipes to use them in, these special cocktails walk the path less traveled. Whether you reach for smoky mezcal instead of tequila, almond liqueur instead of orange, or even beer instead of booze, these tasty recipes are sure to deliver the perfect amount of happy hour buzz.

Blood Orange Mezcal Margarita

5 (2 ratings)
The marriage of the orange juice and smoky Mezcal is pretty darn amazing.

Frida Mezkahlo Margarita

5 (1 rating)
This Frida Mezkahlo Margarita is a little smoky and a little sweet and served in a Tajin rimmed glass, garnished with jalapeño slices makes it a little spicy just like my girl Frida.
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Mango Lime Beer Margaritas

5 (1 rating)
Fizzy, tart and sweet, but not too sweet. These Mango Lime Beer Margaritas are the perfect drink to pair with your favorite Mexican dishes or to simply enjoy on its own.
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Two glasses filled with ice and horchata with tequila

Horchata Margarita

5 (3 ratings)
This creamy, yet dairy-free cinnamon-spiced horchata cocktail is spiked with tequila and almond liqueur and compliments Mexican food beautifully.
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The 7 Best Frozen Fruit-Flavored Margarita Recipes

These delightfully adult slushies are basically the equivalent of a Jimmy Buffet song in a glass. Welcome to Margaritaville, mis amigos!

overhead shot of frozen sunrise margaritas in tall collins glasses with salted rims

Frozen Sunrise Margaritas

4.75 (4 ratings)
This is basically two cocktails in one, a frozen margarita and a tequila sunrise. Genius! The first sip reminded me of an Orange Julius, but with a kick.
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Fresh Fruit Paletas & Tropical Margarita Bar

5 (1 rating)
A margarita bar for the adults and paletas for the children. Everyone will surely have a great time.
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Pitaya (Dragon Fruit) Margarita

5 (1 rating)
This cocktail is inspired by Game of Thrones. This tropical margarita is made with dragon fruit, an exotic cactus fruit that has a texture and flavor similar to kiwi and a mild melon combined with tequila and fresh lime and mandarin juice.
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Mangonada Margaritas

5 (4 ratings)
If you love frozen margaritas, you will love this tropical frozen mango margarita, called a Mangonada Margarita.
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Refreshing and delicious frozen watermelon margarita served in two amazing glasses

Frozen Watermelon Margarita

5 (2 ratings)
This Frozen Watermelon Margarita is all-natural, making this cocktail sweet, slushy, and so refreshing. No need to add ice to the blender or to strain the watermelon. Just add all the ingredients to the blender and let ‘er rip.
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Prickly Pear Frozen Margarita

5 (1 rating)
An easy prickly pear frozen margarita to cool off your summer nights.
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Frequently Asked Questions

How do you make a skinny margarita?

The easiest way to cut back on calories in your margarita is by a.) opting to make homemade margs without bottled margarita mix, and b.) using just three simple ingredients: tequila, orange liqueur, and fresh lime juice. Hold the extra sugar by omitting the agave nectar.

How much alcohol is in a margarita?

The typical ratio for making a classic margarita is 2 parts tequila, 1 part orange liqueur, 1 part lime juice, and a splash of agave if needed. Most of my recipes therefore have about 3 oz of alcohol, 2/3 of which is higher proof tequila and 1/3 of which is lower proof liqueur.

What is the best tequila for margaritas?

Tequila comes in three primary forms, blanco, reposado, and añejo. All three options can be used in margaritas, though I tend to reach for blanco and reposado more often. I suggest reaching for a brand that is 100% agave and within your price range. My favorites are Exotico, Cazadores, and El Mayor, which are all moderately priced brands.

What is the best mix for margaritas?

Trick answer – NONE! Don’t waste your hard-earned money on containers of HFCS-laden, fake flavored syrups. They are AWFUL! Since when do artificial colors and sweeteners add anything to your cocktail drinking experience? Do yourself a favor and make a REAL margarita using one of these deliciously simple recipes.

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Did you make one of my Top 35+ Best Margaritas Recipes? Let me know how it turned out in the comments below! You can also let me know if you have any margarita flavor requests – I’ll be happy to oblige. 🙂