A traditional margarita calls for tequila, orange liqueur and a tart jolt of lime juice (plus a sweetener, if you like). Stop at that—or start playing. Our any-flavor recipe has you covered!

Source: Midwest Living


Credit: Carson Downing

Recipe Summary

5 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Rub the rim of a glass with lime wedge and dip the rim in Desired Glass Rimmer. Add ice and lime wedge to glass.

  • Fill a cocktail shaker or Mason jar with ice. Add tequila, orange liqueur, and lime juice. If you like, add a little simple syrup. Cover the shaker, hold tightly and shake vigorously until the outside is frosty. Strain into the glass.

Glass Rimmers

For a classic salted rim, use kosher salt. For more kick and tang, use Tajin (chile-lime seasoning). You can also take a margarita to a sweeter side by rimming the glass with coarse sugar or even cinnamon sugar.


A margarita is traditionally made with tequila, but tequila skeptics can substitute vodka. For a layer of smokiness, substitute 3/4 ounce of the tequila with an equal measure of mezcal.

Smash Variation

If you like, before adding ice to the shaker, drop in a few chunks of fruit (strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, peach, mango or pineapple), a slice or two of fresh jalapeño or ginger, and/or an herb sprig (cilantro, mint, thyme or rosemary). Add spirits and lime juice and muddle well. Taste for sweetness, then add the ice and shake.

Frozen Variation

For a slushy drink, combine ingredients in a blender rather than a shaker. With machine running, gradually add 3/4 to 1 cup ice cubes and/or frozen fruit, such as cubed watermelon, pineapple, or mango.