5 Next-Level Margarita Recipes To Make At Home

Life isn't all tacos & Margaritas... but it should be

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 she wasn't a fan of knocking it back straight. Herrera supposedly solved the problem by adding salt and lime, 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 1930s cocktail, the Daisy, which, when made with tequila, became better known by its Spanish name, Margarita.

And the answer? Well... No one knows. The true origin is a mystery - but what's really important is that they're f*cking delicious. Knowing how to make one at home should be a top priority. Lucky for you, we've got a few epic Marg recipes up out sleeve, and we're willing to share 'em. You're welcome.

The Classic Margarita

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

You will need... 

Salt the rim of a rocks glass. Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker, add ice and shake until well chilled. Strain into a chilled rocks glass. Garnish with the lime wedge.

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
  • Salt and wedge of lime, for garnish

Salt the rim of a glass. Add all the ingredients except the garnish to a blender and blitz until smooth. Tip into the glass, garnish with the lime and serve.

The Lagerita

When you're down the pub with your crew, but you really just want a Margarita... it's worth carrying a bottle of agave syrup with you at all times to make one of these bad boys.

You will need...

  • 50ml tequila
  • 50ml fresh lime juice
  • 25ml agave/sugar syrup
  • 500ml lager or light IPA 

Rim two highball or pint glasses with sea salt. Combine the tequila, lime juice and agave syrup in a cocktail shaker and shake with ice, then pour evenly between the two glasses. 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 Mezcal Margarita

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

You will need...

Salt the rim of a rocks glass. Shake all ingredients with ice, then strain into the salt-rimmed glass over ice. Garnish with the lime wedge.

The Spicy Margarita

You don't need to suck up to a Soho House member to sip the perfect Picante - just whip up this Spicy Marg recipe and bring the heat.

You will need...

  • Fresh chilli, to taste
  • 10 coriander leaves
  • 60ml blanco tequila
  • 30ml lime juice
  • 15ml agave syrup
  • Salt, lime wedge and a slice of chillli, for garnish

Salt the rim of a rocks glass. Muddle the chilli in a cocktail shaker (leave the seeds in at your own risk - they're gonna make things extra spicy!) and add all ingredients except the garnish. Shake with ice and strain into the rocks glass over ice. Garnish with the lime wedge and chilli.

Cover imagery by the crew at Cointreau