Creative Margarita Recipes

There are few things better than a classic margarita, but if you want to put a twist on the classic, here are some fun, fruity, frosty and creative updates.

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Sip your way to a warm-weather getaway with this frosty spin on a classic margarita. Each drink calls for tequila, orange liqueur, fresh lime juice and an entire cup of frozen mango.

Get the Recipe: Mango-Rita

Cucumber-Mint Margarita

This ideal end-of-summer spin on a margarita takes advantage of the freshness of cucumbers and garden mint — muddling them to combine with the must-have margarita trio of Cointreau, tequila and lime juice. Once shaken with plenty of ice and served in a glass with a salt rim, it is fresh and light, worthy of sipping in the backyard or pairing with dinner.

Get the Recipe: Cucumber-Mint Margarita

Passion Fruit Margaritas

Passion fruit nectar adds a tropical flavor and bright color to the classic on-the-rocks margarita.

Get the Recipe: Passion Fruit Margaritas

Apricot-Honey Margarita

In lieu of apricot nectar, this recipe relies on roasted, halved apricots, which are drizzled with Cointreau and honey before going into the oven. Once juicy and jammy, they’re muddled and shaken with more Cointreau, tequila and a spritz of fresh lemon to create a refreshing and vivid spin on the classic margarita.

Get the Recipe: Apricot-Honey Margarita

White Christmas Margarita

Who says margaritas are just a warm-weather drink? This margarita conjures the Christmas spirit, with a snowy-white look (thanks to a touch of coconut milk), plus cranberry ice cubes for a pop of color.

Get the Recipe: White Christmas Margarita

Jalapeno Margaritas

A whole jalapeno adds a spark of heat to this pitcher of margaritas. Balanced with the unique flavor of Cointreau, as well as tequila, fresh lime juice and a bit of confectioners’ sugar, the drink has the surprising addition of celery leaves to cool the heat and make this the coolest, hottest drink you can shake.

Get the Recipe: Jalapeno Margaritas

Ice Cream Maker Margaritas

The secret to perfectly slushy margaritas is your ice cream maker! Chill the tequila, orange liqueur and lime juice ahead of time for a quick-churned path to frosty margarita bliss.

Get the Recipe: Ice Cream Maker Margaritas

Frozen Watermelon Margarita for Two

This frosty, vivid drink is a fun, refreshing twist on the classic frozen margarita. Sweet, juicy watermelon adds a refreshing twist to the ultra-popular classic frozen margarita. With a bold pop of color, it’s the ultimate warm-weather twist on a margarita, utilizing a base of Cointreau, tequila, lime juice and just enough confectioners' sugar and salt to make the flavors pop.

Get the Recipe: Frozen Watermelon Margarita for Two

Margarita Pie

Who says a margarita needs to be in a glass? This clever dessert takes the elements of the classic cocktail — tequila, orange liqueur and lime juice — and serves it Key lime pie-style, in a graham cracker crust. Don't skip the salted lime wedge garnish!

Get the Recipe: Margarita Pie

Cherry-Lime Margarita

Imagine a classic soda-fountain order, in margarita form. This sweet-tart cocktail combines cherry juice, grenadine and a lime slice with tequila and orange liqueur. Garnish it with a maraschino cherry for added flair.

Get the Recipe: Cherry-Lime Margarita

Pineapple-Chili Margaritas

Rim your margarita glasses with a mixture of coarse salt and chile powder for this pineapple-spiked take on a margarita.

Get the Recipe: Pineapple-Chili Margaritas

Orange Blossom Margarita

Honey and orange combine for a delightful sweet spin on the classic margarita. We love how the perfume of the orange blossom water — used to wet the rim of the glass — mixes with the tequila, orange liqueur and lime.

Get the Recipe: Orange Blossom Margarita

Green Margarita

Get your greens in during cocktail hour. Juice a lemon-spritzed combo of apple, romaine, cucumber and hearty greens, then add it to your tequila and orange liqueur, with a salty rim to balance the verdant flavor.

Get the Recipe: Green Margarita

Frozen Hibiscus Margaritas

This frozen margarita gets its bright color from dried hisbiscus flowers. Use them to make a hibiscus simple syrup, then blend with classic margarita ingredients and garnish with lime.

Get the Recipe: Frozen Hibiscus Margaritas

Paloma Margaritas

Grapefruit juice adds a sweet-tart kick to cocktail hour. Add additional citrus flavor with a float of grapefruit soda.

Get the Recipe: Paloma Margaritas

Margarita Jelly Shots

This recipe turns a classic margarita into jelly shot form, thanks to a packet of gelatin, some seltzer water, plus limes, sugar, tequila and orange liqueur.

Get the Recipe: Margarita Jelly Shots