Margarita Monday

Whoever said there's no such thing as a bad margarita is wrong, but I am pretty darn particular when it comes to a perfect margarita. Fresh juice is key and the right sweet and sour mix, if that's a part of the recipe. I personally love the Traditional Margarita at Maria's Mexican Restaurant and the Cadillac Margarita at Coyote's Adobe Cafe. I've also made some delicious Grapefruit Margaritas with fresh squeezed juice. And you can't go wrong in the summer time with a frozen Strawberry Margarita! In celebration of Margarita Monday and Cinco De Mayo Eve, here are a few of my favorite tried and true margarita recipes for you to enjoy today. And tomorrow.

Classic/Traditional Margarita--This is a very simple combination of 3 ingredients. Tequila, fresh lime juice, and orange flavored liqueur like triple sec. I like this recipe from Food Network. This recipe also suggests using super fine sugar before shaking, but you can leave that out or add a little simple syrup if you are wanting a sweeter drink. I personally love the zip of the fresh lime with the tequila without the added sweetness. This recipe makes 4 servings. You should probably share.

Cadillac Margarita--Take your classic or traditional margarita, add some sweet and sour and float some Gran Marnier on top. And now you have a Cadillac. This recipe from sums it up nicely.

Grapefruit Margarita--Sometimes you just need a change of pace and that's why I love the Grapefruit Margarita. It's a nice change up from the traditional lime without a bunch of extra ingredients. Instead of a salted rim, I mix a little salt and sugar together. The combination of sweet and salty with the grapefruit juice is perfect. I like Lauren's Grapefruit Margarita recipe from I don't know Lauren. But if she's making these margaritas, I would like to hang out with her.

Frozen Strawberry Margarita--You can't go wrong on a hot summer day with a frozen margarita and the strawberry variety is great with a combination of fresh, ripe strawberries and frozen sliced strawberries. But the secret ingredient to a great frozen margarita is a can of frozen limeade! Add that, along with the tequila, triple sec, and ice to the blender with your strawberries, blend for about 30-45 seconds and fill your glass! If you're having a (socially distanced) get together, these are also great to make ahead and store in the freezer until your guests arrive. I use this recipe from And if you don't have frozen strawberries, you can use just about any frozen fruit. Mango would be yummy too!

Happy Margarita Monday and Cinco De Mayo Eve!

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