6 fruity margarita recipes that make you wish for a beach

As the warmer weather comes, these six fruity margarita recipes will have you wishing for crashing waves and sandy beaches. Is your cocktail shaker ready?

From Cinco de Mayo to summer entertaining, fruity margarita recipes can be the perfect cocktail to shake up the traditional margarita. While some of the ingredients remain the same, the fruit forward cocktails add variety to the classic cocktail. Although that beach getaway might not be in the cards, these fruity margaritas could have you feeling the warm breezes and the hearing the crashing waves.

While there are many margarita mixes available, using fresh ingredients creates a more flavorful margarita. From ingredients in the pantry to a trip to the produce market, fruits can make a classic margarita even better.

Most of these recipes start with a classic, original margarita recipe. Personally, the Original Margarita from Cointreau is a delicious choice. It is 1 part Cointreau, 1 part fresh lime juice and two parts tequila. That 1-1-2 ratio is key to any good cocktail.

From that classic recipe, other flavors can be added. From mango to berry to even a little spice, the options are many.

Here are six fruity margarita recipes that FoodSided recommends.

Mango Margarita

In this recipe, mezcal is swapped for the tequila. The smoky notes from the mezcal plays off the mango. With a touch of tropical fruit and the nuanced mezcal, this mango margarita could have you dreaming of a tropical beach.

The Mango Margarita

Ingredients-

1 oz Cointreau

2 oz mezcal

1 oz fresh lime juice

1 oz mango juice

Directions-

Add all ingredients to a shake along with 1-2 grinds of black pepper. Add ice and shake. Fine strain over ice into a chile lime seasoning-salted* rocks glass. Garnish with a lime wheel and/or pineapple frond.

*1:1 chile lime seasoning to salt (optional)

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Lemon Basil Margarita. Image Courtesy Cointreau

 

Lemon Basil Margarita

Adding herbs to a cocktail has been a growing trend. The slightly savory notes balance the sweet. This combination of lemon and basil keeps the cocktail quite refreshing. Try it with some shrimp ceviche and you will be impressed.

Lemon Basil Margarita

Ingredients-

1 oz Cointreau

1.5 oz blanco tequila

0.5 oz fresh lemon juice

0.5 oz fresh lime juice

3 basil leaves

Directions-

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Add ice and shake until well-chilled. Strain into a chilled Old Fashioned glass. Garnish with a lemon slide and a basil leaf.

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Berry Margarita. Image Courtesy Cointreau

 

Berry Margarita

While frozen strawberry margaritas are common, this berry margarita features blackberries. The touch of tart from the blackberries plays well with the lime. If you like something sweet yet not too strong, this margarita hits all the right notes.

Berry Margarita

Ingredients-

1 oz Cointreau

1.5 oz blanco tequila

0.75 oz fresh lime juice

4 fresh blackberries

Directions-

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Add ice and shake until well-chilled. Strain into a chilled Old Fashioned glass. Garnish with a blackberry.

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Ginger Margarita. Image Courtesy Cointreau

 

Ginger Margarita

Ginger has many benefits. From the touch of spice to helping digestion, ginger is a great flavor to balance a rich meal. This margarita uses ginger beer. The touch of bubbles makes the margarita quite refreshing, too.

The Ginger Margarita

Ingredients-

1 oz Cointreau

2 oz blanco tequila

0.75 oz fresh lime juice

2 oz ginger beer

Directions-

Add Cointreau, tequila, and lime to shaker with ice. Shake and strain into rocks glass over a large rock. Finish with ginger beer. Garnish with lime wheel and aromatic bitters.

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Raspberry Thyme Margarita. Image Courtesy Cointreau

 

Raspberry Thyme Margarita

Similar to the lemon basil margarita, this margarita combines fruit and herbs. The thyme has a stronger aroma that hits as you begin to take a sip. This margarita is about the full sensory experience.

The Raspberry Thyme Margarita

Ingredients-

  • 0.5 oz Cointreau
  • 1.5 oz blanco tequila
  • 0.75 oz fresh lemon juice
  • 3 raspberries
  • 2 sprigs thyme

Directions-

Add all ingredients to a shaker with ice. Shake and fine strain into a rocks glass over ice. Garnish with raspberries and a thyme sprig.

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Spicy Margartia. Image Courtesy Cointreau

 

Spicy Margarita

While this margarita isn’t fruit forward, the spicy margarita cannot be overlooked. If you are not a fan of cilantro, you can omit it. Also, you can add some extra limes, lemons or even a touch of grapefruit to this cocktail. The touch of heat is just enough to make it interesting without overwhelming the palate.

Spicy Margarita

Ingredients-

  • 1 oz Cointreau
  • 2 oz blanco tequila
  • 0.75 oz fresh lime juice
  • 2 slices jalapeno
  • 2 slices fresh cilantro

Directions-

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Add ice and shake until well-chilled. Strain into a chilled Old Fashioned glass. Garnish with a jalapeno pepper.

These six fruity margarita recipes are just a few suggestions. From fruity to spicy to classic, margaritas can come in a variety of flavors.

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Are you ready to shake up another classic cocktail? What is your favorite margarita recipe?

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