Shake it Up with Inventive Margarita Cocktails

Margaritas continue to please palates as America’s favorite cocktail. Whether your favorite is fruity, spicy or the original classic, every home mixologist would benefit from adding new margarita recipes to their arsenal. To mix it up on National Margarita Day and beyond, we’ve curated a menu full of creative and delicious tequila and mezcal margaritas that bring some unexpected twists to this refreshing happy hour icon. 


Recipe from: Mijenta Tequila 


2 Parts Mijenta Tequila Blanco

1 Part Fresh Lime Juice

1 Part Triple Sec

Method: Add all three ingredients into a cocktail shaker and shake vigorously with plenty of ice. Strain into a rocks glass filled with ice and rimmed with salt or Tajin. Garnish with a lime wheel.



Recipe from: Cincoro Tequila, the award-winning portfolio of luxury tequilas co-founded by basketball legend Michael Jordan.


1.5 oz Cincoro Blanco

.75 oz Fresh Lime Juice

½ oz Agave Nectar

¼ Muddled Jalapeno


Method: Muddle jalapeno in a mixing glass. Rim a glass with lime and Tajin. Combine remainder of ingredients to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well and strain over a rimmed-glass filled with fresh ice.



Recipe from: 1800 Cristalino Tequila


2 oz. 1800 Cristalino

¾ oz. baking spice syrup (cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice)

½ oz. clarified lime juice

Baking spice vapor*

Method: Combine tequila, baking spice syrup, and clarified lime juice in a cocktail shaker with ice, and shake vigorously. Strain into a coupe glass over fresh ice. Garnish with grated nutmeg and baking spice vapor.

*Baking Spice Vapor Directions: Steep 2 cinnamon sticks, 5 allspice pods and 2 nutmeg pods in a glass of warm water. Add 2 small pellets of dry ice into the water. Allow the reaction to create a thick vapor, and carefully pour just the vapor over the cocktail.



Recipe from: Ilegal Mezcal, an artisanal mezcal with a hint of smoke.


2 oz Ilegal Mezcal Joven

2 slices Poblano peppers

1 oz lime juice

0.5 oz agave nectar

Chipotle salt:

3 tsp chipotle en adobo purée

1 cup kosher salt

Mix ingredients together and let dry.

Method: Add ingredients to shaker and shake. Strain into stemmed glass with chipotle salt rim. Garnish with a Poblano slice.


 Recipe from: Flecha Azul Tequila


2 oz Flecha Azul Anejo Tequila

2 oz apple cider

1oz lime juice

1oz Triple sec

½ oz agave syrup


1 teaspoon white granulated sugar

¼ teaspoon cinnamon

½ teaspoon sea salt

Method: Rim the glass by running a lime wedge over the lip. On a separate shallow plate, combine cinnamon sugar and salt. Dip glass. Add all liquid ingredients to a cocktail shaker and shake well. Pour into a glass filled with ice and serve.



Recipe from: Astral Tequila 


1.5oz Astral Tequila Blanco

.75 oz Fresh Lime Juice

.75 oz Peppercorn-Honey Syrup

Pinch of Turmeric Powder

Method: Combine first three ingredients in a cocktail shaker, add ice and shake. Strain into an ice-filled rocks glass and garnish with turmeric powder.



Recipe from: Italicus Rosolio de Bergamotto, an Italian apertivo featuring notes of Calabrian Bergamot.

1 part Italicus Rosolio di Bergamotto

1 part Tequila Blanco

½ part lime juice

1 bar spoon agave nectar

Method: Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake and serve straight

up in a coupette. Garnish with lime zest or green olives.



Recipe from: El Tequileño Tequila


1.5 oz El Tequileño Platinum Tequila

2 oz sweetened hibiscus juice

0.5 oz Freshly squeezed lime juice

0.5 oz agave syrup

Garnish: Hibiscus flower, dehydrated lime wheel

Method: Add ingredients to a shaker over cubed ice. Shake until ice cold. Strain into a rocks glass over cubed ice, garnish with a dehydrated (or fresh) lime wheel and a hibiscus flower.



Recipe from: Teremana Tequila


2 oz. Teremana Blanco

¾ oz. Lime Juice

½  oz. Agave Nectar

1 oz. Pineapple Juice (to taste)

Garnish: Lime wheel, pineapple leaves and sea salt

Method: Shake with ice in a cocktail shaker. Strain into a rocks glass over fresh ice. Garnish with a lime wheel, pineapple leaves & sea salt (as desired).



Recipe from: Bosscal Mezcal 


2 oz. Bosscal Mezcal

.75 oz. Pierre Ferrand Orange Curacao

.75 Lime Juice, fresh pressed

.25 Monin Agave Syrup

Garnish: Lime wheel, Kosher salt. 

Method: Add ingredients to a mixing glass filled with ice. Shake well and strain into a double Old Fashioned glass with a salted rim. Garnish with a lime wheel. 



Recipe from: Milagro Tequila 


2 parts Milagro Silver

1 part fresh lime juice

¾ parts agave nectar* (alternate:  Simple Syrup)

4 parts watermelon chunks

2 slices cucumber

Garnish: Tajin, 1 Cucumber spear, 1 Watermelon spear

Method: Muddle watermelon and cucumber in a Boston shaker. Add remaining ingredients and ice. Shake vigorously and strain over fresh ice into a rocks glass. Garnish with Tajin-dusted watermelon and cucumber spears.

Pursuitist - 5-Star Luxury

Vicki Arkoff

Based in Los Angeles, Vicki Arkoff is Editor at Large for Pursuitist and a founding editor for Holiday Goddess, the online destination for chic women travelers from the editors of Vogue, Cosmopolitan, Grazia, Conde Nast Traveler, and BBC. Her travel and lifestyle reports can also be been seen in Atlas Obscura, The Awesomer, DaySpa, The Chicago Tribune, CNN Travel, JustLuxe, Lonely Planet, Los Angeles Times, New York Daily News, Toronto Star, WellSpa 360, WestJet Magazine, Where Traveler, Where Guestbook, Yahoo News, and dozens more. She’s co-author of the bestselling Holiday Goddess books (HarperCollins and iTunes) including ‘The Holiday Goddess Guide to Paris, London, New York, Rome,’ a travel Top 10 staple. As editor, Vicki’s other books include ‘Sinatra’ (DK), ‘Inside Mad’ (Time-Life) and ‘Virgin Los Angeles’ (Virgin Books). She is one of the Usual Gang of Idiots for MAD Magazine, an entertainment reporter (Daily Variety, Entertainment Weekly, Los Angeles Magazine, CREEM), and authorized biographer for pop culture icons from the Beach Boys to Beastie Boys, Paul McCartney to MC Hammer.