Shake up margarita recipes with a few simple ingredient twists

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Looking for some margarita recipes that are more than just lime, tequila and orange liqueur. While that classic cocktail will never go out of style, the reality is that the flavor profile lends itself to creativity. From spicy to fruity to even savory, that classic margarita is more than just three ingredients and a salted rim. Ready to fill that cocktail glass?

Anyone who has had a great margarita knows that it is quite better than a poor one. That simple concept applies to any cocktail. From the first sip to the last drop, some beverages are memorable and others are meant to be just drunk.

With these margarita recipes, the flavors are nuanced yet approachable. The beverages take items often found in the refrigerator. Why can’t that favorite beverage be turned into a cocktail?

Creative margarita recipes with favorite beverages

Pure Leaf Tea-garita

Who doesn’t have a bottle of Pure Leaf Tea in the house? This margarita recipe uses the tropical flavors of the mango hibiscus. With the combination of a salt and sugar rim, the floral notes are accentuated. Whether you enjoy this cocktail in the backyard, by the beach or on the couch, it is a flavor to savor. You might even say no to that to-do list.


  • 3-4 oz. Pure Leaf Mango Hibiscus
  • Equal parts sugar and coarse salt combined for rim
  • ¾ oz. tequila
  • ¾ oz. orange liqueur
  • Lime wedge, squeezed and
  • dropped into glass
  • Lemon wedge, squeezed and
  • dropped into glass


  • Rim tall glass with sugar and salt mixture. Add tequila, orange liqueur and citrus juices. Top with ice and tea. Stir and serve.

Lipton Par-Tea in a glass

Green tea is a popular choice for a light, bright flavor. With the burst of caffeine, it heightens the senses yet doesn’t overpower the flavor.

With this cocktail, the slightly grassy notes of the green tea are balanced with the pineapple. Actually, muddling some pineapple chunks is a great choice because that fruit is like a treat in the glass.

Lastly, if you do not like cilantro, don’t fret. It can be eliminated or just use parsley instead.


  • 4oz Lipton Green Tea Citrus
  • 3oz Fresh Pineapple Juice (or 1/2 Cup Pineapple Chunks)
  • .5oz Lime Juice
  • 1-2 Sprigs Cilantro
  • .25oz Agave Syrup
  • 1.25oz tequila (or Mezcal)
  • .25oz aloe liquor


  • Add cilantro to a shaker tin and gently muddle Add in pineapple juice, Lipton Green Tea Citrus, lime juice and agave syrup. Shake vigorously and strain over crushed ice. If a blender is available, place all items in a blender with 6-8 ice cubes. Blend and pour into a glass. Garnish with a pineapple leaf, pineapple chunk, lime wedge and cilantro sprigs

Cinco de Santo Jalapeno Watermelon Margarita

Sweet and spicy is a classic combination. This cocktail from Santo Tequila is perfectly balanced, just like a Guy Fieri dish. The sweetness from the watermelon and the heat from the jalapeno make you go back for more.

Plus, this margarita uses orange juice instead of lime. By being a little less tart, the flavor might be a twist that you want more often.


  • 1 1⁄2 oz Santo Blanco Tequila
  • 2 oz watermelon syrup
  • 2 oz sweet and sour
  • 1/2 oz OJ


  • Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice, shake and strain over ice.
  • Serve in a rocks glass or brandy snifter
  • Garnish with watermelon and a jalapeño coin

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These margarita recipes are just a small taste of the many options. Ready to experiment with some cocktails?