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Margarita recipe

Whether it’s for your partner or a group of friends, this classic cocktail will go down a treat.

If there was one cocktail that could be called the drink of the pandemic, it’s the Margarita. Interest in Margarita cocktails and in tequila surged in the past year (according to the Bacardi 2021 Cocktail Trends Report by The Future Laboratory), and has showed no signs of slowing down since.

How do you make a Margarita?

An original Margarita recipe has only three ingredients, which is why it’s important you get the best quality tequila, as the spirit has nowhere to hide when it comes to its flavours. When making Margaritas, look for 100 agave tequila, which basically means that it’s distilled from 100 per cent blue agave, and is not a blend.


There are three types of tequila: blanco, reposado and añejo, and they differ based on how long they’ve been aged for. And when it comes to what tequila goes best in a Margarita, your best bet is a blanco – which is a clear, unaged tequila, and may also be labelled as ‘silver tequila’.

Classic Margarita recipe





  • Add ice, tequila, Cointreau and lime juice to a cocktail shaker and shake.
  • Use the wedge of a lime to rub along the rim of the glass. Dip in a plate of salt to get a salt rim.
  • Add in a few ice cubes and pour in cocktail mixture to the cocktail glass. Garnish with a lime wedge.

And if you’re looking for a frozen Margarita recipe, it’s very simple – just put all the ingredients (except the lime wedge) in a blender and blitz with lots of ice. Voila!

The Margarita cocktail origin story

This tequila cocktail is anything but new. While its origins aren’t entirely clear, it’s safe to say it was invented somewhere in the 1930s by a bartender in Mexico. Or LA. Or an American socialite who was entertaining in Mexico. *Insert shrug emoji here*

What most people can agree on, however, is that it is likely named after the ‘Daisy’ – a cocktail style made with citrus juice and some sweet liqueur combined with a base spirit. Why? Margarita is Spanish for daisy.

sPart of the reason for its enduring popularity is probably because the perfect Margarita is very easy to make. Apart from the classic recipe, there are numerous other variations of the Margarita that are growing in popularity – from the Tommy’s Margarita to summer-perfect frozen Margaritas.

Here are the cocktail recipes for making Margaritas in two exciting new iterations.

Bloody Margarita





  • Add ice, tequila and Cointreau to a cocktail shaker.
  • Add the juice of one blood orange and half a lime, shake.
  • Use a wedge of the blood orange to rub along the glass rim, dip in a small plate to add salt on the rim.
  • Add 3-4 ice cubes to a Margarita glass and pour in the cocktail. Garnish with a wedge of blood orange.

Citrus Margarita


  • Ice
  • 60ml tequila (Jose Cuervo works perfectly)
  • 30ml Cointreau
  • 1 tbsp Himalayan sea salt
  • ½ a lemon
  • 1 lime
  • 1 orange


  • Add ice, tequila and Cointreau to a cocktail shaker.
  • Juice an orange and add the orange juice, juice of half a lemon and the juice of half a lime, and shake.
  • Use a lime wedge to rub along the glass rim, then put salt on the rim.
  • Add in a few ice cubes, then pour in cocktail mixture. Garnish with a lime or citrus wedge of your choice.

We bet the answer to the ‘What is your favourite Margarita recipe?’ question this summer will be one of these three!

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