6 Delicious Margarita Recipes for Cinco de Mayo

Tomorrow is May 5th, often celebrated as Cinco de Mayo, most people think that they’re celebrating Mexican independence day, but actually, that’s in September. More of an American / Mexican-American holiday than it is a Mexican one, Cinco de Mayo celebrates the Mexican army’s unlikely victory over Napoleon’s French forces on May 5th, 1862. Now that we’re well versed, let’s toast to the underdog and impress your guests with these delicious recipes.

Classic Margarita

2 tsp. coarse salt
1 lime wedge
3 oz. tequila
1 oz. Triple Sec
2 oz. lime juice
1 cup crushed ice

Add all of the ingredients into a blender.
Blend.
Garnish glass with a lime slice.

Skinny Margarita

2 oz. tequila
2 tbsp. lime juice
2 tbsp. agave nectar
Ice

Combine tequila, juices and nectar in a shake with ice.
Shake to chill.
Pour in margarita glass.

Spicy Margarita (my favorite!)

1 1/2 oz. spicy tequila
1 1/2 oz. Triple Sec
3 oz. lime juice
1/4 diced jalapeño
crushed ice

Combine in shaker.
Shake like Livin’ La Vida Loca just came on.
Salt the rim of glass with red cayenne salt.
Pour and enjoy.

Mango Margarita

4 oz. tequila
2 oz. lime juice
2 tbsp. mago juice
2 tbsp. sugar
10 oz. diced mango
2 cups of ice

Add all ingredients into blender.
Blend.
Garnish with a lime slice.

Swirl Margarita

1 can frozen limeade
6 oz. tequila
2 oz. sangria*
2 oz. Grand Marnier
Crushed ice
Lime wedge

Add frozen limeade to blender
Fill the limeade can with tequila, sangria and Grand Marnier
Blend.

Mayan Margarita

1/2 oz. tequila
1/2 lime juice
1/2 oz orange liquor
1 dash mint liquor
1/2 oz. Xtabentún (Mayan liqueur made from anise)
Ice

Add all ingredients into blender.
Blend.
Garnish glass with lime.


*margaritas not your style? Here’s a delicious sangria recipe

Red Sangria (makes 6 glasses)

1/2 cup brandy
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/3 cup frozen lemonade concentrate
1/3 cup orange juice
1 bottle of dry red wine
1/2 cup of triple sec
1/2 cup triple sec
1 lemon, sliced into rounds
1 orange, sliced into rounds
1 apple, chopped
1 lime, sliced into rounds
1/4 cup white sugar (optional)
8 maraschino cherries
2 cups carbonated water (optional)

In a large pitcher or bowl, mix together the brandy, lemon juice, lemonade concentrate, orange juice, red wine, triple sec, and sugar. Float slices of lemon, orange and lime, and maraschino cherries in the mixture. Refrigerate overnight for best flavor. For a fizzy sangria, add club soda just before serving.