5 next-level Margarita recipes to make at home

If life gives you limes, make margaritas!

 

Time for a boozy quiz. Ya ready?

The original Margarita was invented by...

A) Mexican restaurant owner Carlos (Danny) Herrera in 1938 for a showgirl called Marjorie. This babe was allergic to all forms of alcohol except tequila but wasn't a fan of knocking it back straight. Fair. Herrera supposedly solved the problem by adding salt and lime and creating the world’s first Margarita.

B) Margarita Sames, a rich, Dallas socialite who supposedly invented the tipple on holiday in Acapulco, naming it after herself - to be fair, we'd do the same.

C) It evolved from a popular 1930's cocktail known as "The Daisy”, which when made with tequila became better known by its Spanish name, Margarita (translation: daisy in Spanish.)

And the answer? Well... No-one knows. It's all a mystery. All that's important is that they're f*cking delicious and knowing how to make one at home should be your priority. Lucky for you, BarChick has a few epic Marg recipes up her sleeve, and she's willing to share 'em with you. YA WELCOME.

The Classic Margarita

The original, the OG, the legend. Before you start going off-piste, THIS is the one you need perfected in your repertoire.

You will need... 

  • 30ml Cointreau
  • 50ml Blanco Tequila
  • 20ml Fresh Lime Juice 
  1. Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker
  2. Add ice and shake until well-chilled
  3. Strain into a chilled Old Fashioned glass
  4. Garnish with a lime slice and salt rim

 

The Frozen Margarita

When a Summer heat-wave hits, you need to hit up this slushy for grown-ups.

You will need...

  • 50ml Tequila
  • 25ml Cointreau
  • 25ml Fresh Lime Juice
  • 15ml Agave Syrup
  • Large handful of ice
  • Wedge of lime to garnish
  1. Put all the ingredients except the lime wedge in a blender and blitz until smooth.
  2. Tip into your glass of choice, garnish and serve.

 

The Lagarita

When you're down the pub with your crew but you really just want a Margarita

You will need...

  • 50ml Tequila
  • 50ml Fresh Lime Juice
  • 25ml Agave/Sugar Syrup
  • 500ml Lager or Light IPA 
  1. Rim the glass sea salt
  2. Add ice and a lime wedge to 2 highball or pint glasses glasses
  3. Mix the tequila, lime juice and sugar syrup and pour
  4. Top up with the lager or light IPA (or if you're feeling fancy, up-end a bottle in your drink and let it gradually empty into the glass)

 

The Smokey Mezcal Margarita

Like your cocktails smokey? Time to swap out the tequila for it's smokier bad-ass cousin...

You will need...

  • 20ml Fresh Lime Juice
  • 30ml Cointreau
  • 50ml Mezcal
  1. Shake all ingredients with ice
  2. Strain over ice in a smoke salt-rimmed rocks glass
  3. Garnish with a lime wheel

 

The Fruity Margarita

Time to make things a bit fruity.

You will need...

  • 30ml Fresh Lime Juice
  • 30ml Cointreau
  • 60ml Tequila
  • 30ml Mango Juice (or sub in whichever fruit juice you're vibing right now)
  1. Add all ingredients to a shaker along with 1-2 grinds of black pepper. Add ice and shake.
  2. Fine strain over ice into chilli-lime seasoning-salted rocks glass (make this by mixing 1:1 chile-lime seasoning to salt)
  3. Garnish with a lime wheel and/or pineapple leaf (it'll look mega)