If there's any day to boost your margarita game, it's Cinco de Mayo. Put down the bottled, store-bought mix and break out the mezcal your girlfriend brought back from across the border. These five craft margarita recipes are sure to knock the socks off of your fiesta guests.
Frozen Blueberry Margaritas
The first thing my mind conjures when I think of fruit-flavored margaritas is a too sweet, syrupy concoction that’ll give you brain freeze and a terrible hangover. These blueberry margaritas from Cookie and Kate were a refreshing (in every essence of the word) surprise. The addition of a salt rim really plays well with the mild sweetness of the blueberries and made for a delightful treat, perfect for a sunny spring day! Since we’re only just entering blueberry season in May, frozen blueberries blend seamlessly with the other ingredients and add to the margarita’s traditional blended consistency.
Tastiness aside, blueberries are an excellent source of powerful antioxidants that protect cells against cancer-causing free radicals. What’s more, blueberries are linked to improved cognitive function, reduced risk of heart disease, obesity and diabetes, and promoting a healthy digestive system. Suddenly, a second margarita sounds like a great idea!
Ruby Red Grapefruit Margaritas
It shouldn’t come as a surprise that citrus fruits go exceptionally well with tequila (hello, margaritas and mimosas!), but grapefruit might not be the first fruit you’d gravitate towards. Oh, let me count the ways you’re missing out with these delicious beverages! As someone who isn’t a fan of straight grapefruit flesh or juice, I was pleasantly surprised at how light the normally tart and bitter flavor was and how well it blended with the lime and tequila. I’m a grapefruit convert, and I have Emeril Lagasse to thank!
Bubbly AND margaritas?! I know, I thought it was too good to be true. After putting together this remarkably simple and tasty recipe from the oh-so talented With Salt and Wit - Let’s just say this cocktail will be on frequent rotation for this summer’s refreshments. If you’ve ever had a “Coronarita” or other beer based recipe, you know that adding carbonation to a margarita results in a light, thirst-quenching drink that doesn’t taste syrupy or heavy. The addition of champagne, especially of the brut variety, takes the things to a whole new bubbly level. I’d only tweak the recipe with one additional step: “Try not to down the entire tasty cocktail in one sip.”
I happened upon this recipe when I had bought a quarter of a watermelon with the ambitious plan of making a watermelon feta salad. When that plan fell through, I had a large portion of melon and a lingering desire to be adventurous in the kitchen. I found this Food Network recipe by chance and I’m so glad that I did. Requiring only 6 ingredients and less than 10 minutes of my time, these watermelon margaritas were easy and delicious.
Watermelon has a wonderful, subtle sweetness that doesn’t fight with the flavor of the blanco tequila. Add the simple syrup to taste, especially if you prefer a drink that doesn’t go overboard on sweetness. Next time, I might omit it altogether and play up the salt rim with a chili powder kick!
Chili Lime Mango Margaritas
This last recipe may be the showstopper of the bunch. I’m already in love with mangoes. Rich in vitamin A, this fruit literally tastes like Summer. Add a little kick from the spices and hot sauce, the delectable sweet and creamy taste from the mangoes, a tart bite from the lime and of course, the tequila and you have a truly magical combination. I can’t even begin to do The Minimalist Baker’s recipe justice, so I’ll just wait for you to try the recipe yourself and listen for the sound of distant tastebud explosions.
Featured Image Source: Cookie And Kate & Minimalist Baker