Margaritas may be the most common tequila-based cocktail in the U.S., but that doesn't mean you have to serve the same old drink. We've gathered 20 unique margarita recipes that offer imaginative variations on the classic sweet-and-sour mix.

Whether you prefer them frozen, blended or on the rocks, these margaritas are the perfect cocktail for a Mexican menu or a casual fiesta. Mix up a batch to share and serve them in a beautiful pitcher with matching highball glasses for a happy hour to remember.

 

Pure Margaritas

best margarita ever

Made with fresh-squeezed lime juice and pure agave tequila, margaritas are naturally sweet and sour. This recipe uses agave nectar, a natural sweetener derived from the same plant as tequila, in place of simple syrup.

recipe: A Cup of Jo

 

Clementine Margaritas

Clementine Margaritas

Citrus was made for tequila, and these clementine margaritas are no exception. The clementines mix playfully with the tartness of the lime juice and the salted rim.

recipe: The Stylist Quo

 

Ginger Beer Margaritas

Ginger Beer Margaritas

This simple drink is made with just five ingredients: ginger beer, simple syrup, fresh lime juice, tequila and salt for the rim.

recipe: Minimalist Baker

Watermelon Margaritas

watermelon margaritas

Sweet but not too sweet, watermelon with tart lime and smooth tequila is seriously good. This watermelon margarita is an easy cocktail that packs a lot of wow factor into a single glass.

recipe: Pretty Plain Janes

 

Fire My Spirit Margaritas

Fresno Pepper Margaritas

This recipe uses lemons and Fresno peppers, which give the margarita color and heat. The mango adds tropical flair and cut through the spiciness with a hint of sweetness.

recipe: Beautiful Booze

 

Tamarind Margarita

Tamarind Margaritas

Tamarind may not be a traditional choice for margaritas. However, it’s tangy and acidic flavors pair perfectly with the sweet and spicy notes of this Mexican cocktail.

recipe: Girli Chef

 

St. Germain Margaritas

St. Germain Margaritas

Elderflower Liqueur is the unique ingredient that makes this margarita stand out. The floral notes of St. Germain pair with the tart lime juice and make an excellent substitution for triple sec.

recipe: Freut Cake

 

Blackberry Margaritas

Blackberry Margaritas

Authentic margaritas require quality ingredients. If you don’t like the tartness of Blackberries, almost any fresh fruit will work: strawberries, watermelon, pear or mango.

recipe: Everyday Maven

 

Pineapple Margaritas

Pineapple Margarita

While there’s nothing wrong with a classic margarita, it’s still fun to play around with new flavors. The tart sweetness of the pineapple makes for a mellow, tropical take on the typically citrus-based margarita.

recipe: Rachael White

 

Blood Orange Margaritas

Blood Orange Margaritas

Fresh citrus fruit inspired this recipe. It’s a striking version of an almost-classic margarita made with freshly-squeezed blood orange juice.

recipe: Turntable Kitchen

 

Creamsicle® Margaritas

creamsicle margaritas

Infuse a margarita with creamy fruit flavor. This recipe is like a delicious Dreamsicle® in cocktail form.

recipe: Savvy Eat

 

Sunburnt Margaritas

Sunburnt Margaritas

This margarita recipe combines blood orange and Satsuma juices along with tequila, agave nectar and some muddled jalapeno pepper. The hint of spice from the jalapeno is a fun twist that gives this drink a bit of zip.

recipe: What’s Gaby Cooking

 

Coconut Creamsicle® Margaritas

coconut creamsicle margarita

These orange-flavored margaritas have more than a hint of coconut. Coconut water, coconut milk and coconut tequila are the trifecta of tropical margarita ingredients.

recipe: How Sweet Eats

 

Cherry Margaritas

Cherry Margarita

The best way to use seasonal fruit is in a cocktail. Fresh cherries are the key to this red margarita that is surprisingly sweet.

recipe: Confections of a Foodie Bride

 

Peach Margaritas

Peach Margaritas

Stripped down to its most important ingredients, this margarita recipe keeps the peach center stage. It’s a signature flavor to announce the arrival of summer and leaves you wanting more.

recipe: Boulder Locavore

 

Serrano Chili and Mango Margaritas

Serrano Chili Mango Margaritas

Combine fruit with pepper for a sweet and spicy cocktail. Sip this cocktail on the patio in the middle of summer to cool down and relax.

recipe: Little Leopard Book

 

Grilled and Smoky Margaritas

Grilled and Smoky Margaritas

If you love the smokiness that a grill imparts in food, then you will love this classic citrus margarita with a twist. Grill the fruit before juicing to caramelize it and add a slight char.

recipe: Grill Grrrl

 

Strawberry Basil Margaritas

Strawberry Basil Margaritas

This strawberry, basil and lime combo is so refreshing. Kick it up by rimming the glass with lime-flavored salt.

recipe: A Healthy Life for Me

 

Pink Grapefruit Margaritas

Pink Grapefruit Margaritas

These margaritas will liven up any weekend. It is important to use Ruby Red grapefruit juice, as it’s much sweeter and will give the drink a lovely pink color.

recipe: There Goes the Cupcake

 

Kiwi Passion Margaritas

kiwi passion margaritas

The vibrant flavor of kiwi pairs well with lime and salt. These Kiwi-Passion Margaritas are tart, with a hint of tropical sweetness.

recipe: Mangoes and Palm Trees

 

The secret to the perfect cocktail is quality ingredients in proper proportions—this includes margaritas. For a drink you can sip and savor, keep it simple and fresh.

Play mixologist. Shake up other creative cocktails with recipes found on our cocktail Pinterest board.

A proper bar needs proper tools. Trick out your home bar with essentials from our bar & wine section.

 

Follow RedEnvelope’s board redBar : cocktails and recipes on Pinterest.