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The Best Margarita Recipes for Cinco de Mayo

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Though many argue about who actually invented the margarita, the drink first appeared on Mexican bar menus in  the ’30s and ’40s. Prepare for your own Cinco de Mayo party by making a batch of the tasty libation: we’ve concocted a list of the best margarita recipes to help you out.

Classic Margarita

There are many “classic” margarita recipes to choose from, but let’s start with the International Bartender’s Association recipe just to be diplomatic.

1 1/4 oz tequila
2/3 oz of Cointreau or Triple Sec
1/2 oz of lemon or lime juice
salt for rimming

Rub the rim of the glass with the lime slice to make the salt stick to it. Shake the other ingredients with ice, then carefully pour into the glass (taking care not to dislodge any salt). Garnish and serve over ice.

Cadillac Margarita

This is the “Cadillac” of Margaritas because you need to use all the best ingredients. Put that tequila blanco away and pull down a nice reposado from the top shelf. Replace the Cointreau with something fancier like Grand Marnier.

1 1/2 oz premium tequila
1 oz Grand Marnier
3/4 oz lime juice
salt for rimming

Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice cubes. Shake well. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass rimmed with salt.

Jalapeño Margarita

It’s Cinco de Mayo, let’s heat things up with a spicy margarita recipe, courtesy of the Food Network. There are different recipes using hotter chiles but the jalapeño has just the right picante, without leaving your taste buds out of commission.

1 thin slice of jalapeño
1 handful of celery leaves
6 oz fresh lime juice
1 spoonful of confectioners’ sugar
16 oz tequila
8 oz orange liquer
salt for rimming

Make a big batch of margaritas with a twist. Pulse the jalapeno, celery leaves, fresh lime juice and sugar in a blender. Mix with tequila and orange liqueur in a pitcher; chill. Serve on the rocks in salt-rimmed glasses.

Mango Margarita

Mexico produces nearly two million tons of mangos annually. This tasty fruit goes good with everything, especially tequila. Try out this refreshing margarita from Taste of Romance.

1 1/4 cups of cubed Mango
6 oz Tequila
6 oz Sour Mix
2 oz Triple Sec
ice

Pour your liquids into the blender then the cubed mango. Blend for 10-15 seconds. Now add the ice and blend for another 30+ seconds.

Chocolate Margarita

Now for something a little unorthodox. Even though the Aztecs were among the first people to make chocolate, it’s hard to call the Margarita Texas’ chocolate margarita “Mexican.” That said, you’ll probably still call this recipe “delicious.”

1 1/2 oz tequila
1 oz Godiva liquor
2 tablespoon chocolate syrup
3/4 oz cream
2 oz orange juice
1/2 oz lime juice
Stirrings Cocoa Rimmer
ice

Rim the glass with the cocoa rimmer. Combine all ingredients in a shaker full of ice and pour into a glass.

Have a safe and fun Cinco de Mayo!

- Contributed by Josh Heller

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