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It's a classic! With or without alcohol it's always a pallet pleasure! So kick off your shoes, turn on your favorite tunes, and break out the margarita glasses! Cheers!

Blackberry Lemonade Margaritas

(via From Valeries Kitchen)

Ingredients:

For the Blackberry Puree:
  • 1-1/2 to 2 cups fresh blackberries, rinsed and drained
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons sugar
For the Margarita:
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 lemons (use Meyer lemons if possible)
  • 4 teaspoons blackberry puree
  • 4 ounces prepared lemonade (homemade or store bought)
  • 4 ounces good quality silver tequila

Instructions:

  1. Process blackberries in a blender until smooth. Place a wire mesh colander over a small bowl and pour the blackberry puree into the colander, pushing it through the wire mesh and into the bowl with the back of a spoon. Add 1 to 2 tablespoons sugar to the seedless puree and stir to combine. Taste and add additional sugar if desired. Cover bowl and refrigerate puree until ready to make cocktails. Can be made several days in advance.
  2. Place 1/4 cup sugar on a small plate. Add the zest of one lemon and mix to combine. Run the cut side of a lemon lightly around the rim of your margarita glasses and then dip the moistened rim into the sugar/zest mixture to coat the rim. Fill each glass about half-way with ice.
  3. Fill a cocktail shaker about 3/4 full with ice. Add 2 teaspoons of the blackberry puree, 2 ounces lemonade, and 2 ounces silver tequila. Squeeze in the juice of 1/2 a lemon. Place cover on shaker and shake vigorously. Strain through the cocktail shaker over ice. Garnish with a slice of lemon and a blackberry and serve.
  4. Repeat with remaining ingredients for second cocktail.

 

Classic Margarita

(via Gimme Some Oven)

Ingredients:

For A Single Margarita:

  • 1 1/2 ounces tequila, silver or reposado
  • 1 ounce Cointreau (orange liqueur)
  • 3/4 ounce freshly-squeezed lime juice
  • optional: agave nectar or simple syrup for sweetening, if desired
  • ice
  • optional: lime wedge and salt for rimming the glass

For A Pitcher Of Margaritas (16 Servings):

  • 3 cups tequila, silver or reposado
  • 2 cups Cointreau (orange liqueur)
  • 1.5 cups freshly-squeezed lime juice
  • optional: agave nectar or simple syrup for sweetening, if desired
  • ice
  • optional: lime wedges and salt for rimming the glasses

Instructions:

If you would like salt-rimmed glasses, begin by running a lime slice (the juicy part) around the top rim of a glass.  Fill a shallow bowl with salt, and dip the rim in the salt until it is covered with your desired amount of salt.  Set aside.

Add tequila, lime juice and Cointreau to a cocktail shaker, and shake or stir until combined.  Taste, and if you would like it to be sweeter (most people do!), stir in a half teaspoon of agave or simple syrup until the mix reaches your desired level of sweetness.

Fill glass with ice.  Pour in the margarita mixture over the rocks.  Serve immediately, garnished with an extra lime wedge if desired.

To Make A Pitcher Of Margaritas (16 servings):

Stir tequila, lime juice and Cointreaue together in a large pitcher until combined.  Add your desired amount of sweetener if desired (I would begin with 2-3 tablespoons agave) until the margaritas reach your desired level of sweeteness.

Fill the glasses with ice.  Pour in the margarita mixture over the rocks.  Serve immediately, garnished with extra lime wedges if desired.

Strawberry Margarita

(via Laylita)

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb fresh strawberries, washed and hulled
  • ~½ to ¾ cup sugar, honey or your preferred sweetener, adjust to taste
  • 5-6 limes, juiced, a little over ½ cup
  • ¼ to ½ cup of orange liqueur, like Grand Marnier or Cointreau - adjust to taste
  • 1 cup to 1 ½ cups of your choice of tequila or strawberry-infused tequila, adjust based on your preference
  • Ice

Instructions:

  1. Cut the strawberries in halves to help make blending easier.
  2. Place the strawberries, lime juice and sugar or honey in a blender. Blend until you have a smooth puree.
  3. Add the tequila and orange liqueur blend until well mixed, taste and adjust the liqueur if needed.
  4. For on the rocks strawberry margaritas serve over ice.
  5. To prepare frozen strawberry margaritas, add a good amount of ice to the blender mix. Blend until the ice is crushed and smooth, the margarita should have a slushy consistency. Adjust the amount of ice based on the consistency you prefer.
  6. Moisten the rims of the glasses with a slice of lime and garnish the rims with sugar or salt according to your preference.
  7. Serve the strawberry margaritas immediately garnished with slices of strawberry and/or lime slices.

Moonlight Margarita Recipe

(via The Shabby Creek Cottage)

 

By the Glass:

  • .5 oz blue curaçao
  • 1.5 oz tequila (I like Jose Cuervo Gold)
  • 3 oz. margarita mix

By the Pitcher:

  • 1 cup blue curaçao
  • 2 cups tequila
  • 4 cups margarita mix

Directions:

Mix together ingredients, and pour over a glass of ice. Salt or sugar can be added to the rim if desired. If you prefer frozen drinks, pour it in a blender and mix until smooth. Either way, it’s delicious and tastes as good as it looks.

Comment below with your favorites!

And remember to always drink responsibly!

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