Cinco de Mayo – Margaritas with a Twist

by Jackie FogartieApril 28, 2015

All Three Margaritas together
A margarita is a Cinco de Mayo staple. Typically made with tequila, triple sec, lime juice and a healthy dose of salt, the classic margarita is a drink that just screams warm weather! Whether it’s on the rocks or extra slushy, everyone loves margaritas! For your Cinco de Mayo fiesta, experiment with these three twists on the classic margarita: Orange Grapefruit Margarita, Raspberry Lemonade Margarita and Agave Nectar Margarita:

To whip up these yummy variations, start with a base made from the traditional margarita recipe:

Traditional Margarita

Yields 1 margarita

  • 1.5 – 2 oz of tequila
  • .5 oz of triple sec
  • 1 oz. freshly squeezed lime juice
  • Salted rim (optional)

Shake or stir, and pour over ice.

Now it’s time to shake things up!
Citrus and Fiesta Napkin

Orange Grapefruit Margarita

Simply add .5 oz of grapefruit juice and .5 oz. of orange juice to the traditional margarita recipe. Freshly squeezed is always a plus! Garnish with an orange or grapefruit slice. This margarita is bursting with tart, citrus flavor!
Orange Grapefruit

Raspberry Lemonade Margarita

Find raspberry lemonade juice at your local grocery store and add 1 oz. of the juice. A garnish of raspberry and lemonade tops it off perfectly! This flavor is slightly tart but has a sweet finish and beautiful pink color.
Raspberry Lemonade

Agave Nectar Margarita

Agave nectar is a sweet syrup, similar to honey. If you like sweet drinks, this is the one for you! To make the this margarita, simply squeeze a healthy dose of agave nectar syrup right into the liquid and stir.
agave nectar margarita
As with all cocktails, try different amounts of each added ingredient to find the flavor profile you prefer! For your Cinco de Mayo fiesta, consider having a margarita bar with different flavors of margaritas served in pitchers so your guests can try a variety!

Helpful Tip: To salt a margarita glass, pour a mound of salt onto a flat place. Wet the rim of a margarita glass and dip the rim in the salt.
Salted Rim
Happy Cinco de Mayo!

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About The Author
Jackie Fogartie
Jackie Fogartie (often known as Jackie Fo) is a NJ born, NC living event planner and freelance writer/blogger. Five plus years ago, Jackie started an events and wedding planning business based in Charlotte, North Carolina called Jackie Fogartie Events handling events of all sizes from intimate baby showers to large weddings. In addition to making events go off without a hitch, Jackie writes a blog covering all things food, cocktail and party. She has also written for brands such as General Mills, Aladdin insulated mason jars and Proctor & Gamble. You can often find her staying true to her NJ Italian roots by eating big bowls of pasta and drinking copious amounts of red wine. Cheers!