The 8 Best Margaritas for Cinco de Mayo
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While Cinco de Mayo started out as an observance of the Mexican militia’s victory over the French Army in the 1862 Battle of Puebla, it’s now become a joyous celebration of tequila, mariachis and all things Mexican—at least in the United States. 

But the holiday wouldn’t be complete without at least one Margarita. While we love the classic recipe, there are plenty of delicious variations to try. 

So no matter how you plan to celebrate the holiday, mix up one of these delicious Margarita recipes. (And for even more great ideas, check out our Guide to Celebrating Cinco De Mayo) ¡Salud!


Every drinker should know how to make a classic Margarita. And our recipe comes from advisory board member and master mixologist Dale DeGroff. It’s a simple blend of tequila, Cointreau and lime juice. (Having a party? Try his recipe for Margaritas by the Pitcher.)

View recipe: Margarita

Guadalajara Silver

If you’re craving a more complex tipple on Sunday, fix this delightfully fresh concoction named after Mexico’s second-largest urban area. The drink, created by top cocktail consultant Junior Merino, calls for tequila, ginger and fresh apple and grapefruit juices. That’s not to mention a cinnamon-sugar rim.

 View recipe: Guadalajara Silver


A flowery and elegant take on the classic Margarita, this variation features—you guessed it—the elderflower liqueur St-Germain instead of traditional orange liqueur. It’s perfect for Cinco de Mayo or any warm spring afternoon.

 View recipe: St-Rita

Tequila Daisy

Did you know that the word “margarita” in Spanish means “daisy”? advisory board member and award-winning author David Wondrich says it’s no coincidence. He thinks the Margarita is actually a variation of the classic Brandy Daisy. And we’re inclined to believe him. Go old-school and mix up this lemon juice, sugar, tequila and Grand Marnier elixir.

View recipe: Tequila Daisy

Strawberry Basil Margarita

Celebrate not only Cinco de Mayo but also one of the season’s first ripe fruits: strawberries. This delicious recipe also adds savory basil leaves and maraschino liqueur to the traditional recipe. It’s so good, you just might crave it all spring and summer long.

View recipe: Strawberry Basil Margarita

Breakfast Margarita

Start your celebration at brunch with this delicious tipple from advisory board member and agave-spirits expert Jacques Bezuidenhout! It features two teaspoons of orange marmalade, which makes it a perfect complement to toast and eggs.  

 View recipe: Breakfast Margarita

Spicy Grand Margarita

Punch up your Cinco de Mayo by adding some red pepper flakes and chipotle chile powder to your Margarita! If that’s not hot enough, garnish your glass with a jalapeño pepper and a spiced-salt rim.

 View recipe: Spicy Grand Margarita


Fresh Watermelon Margarita

One of our favorite hot-weather mixology ingredients is watermelon. And a slice of it adds a delicious twist to a classic Margarita. The result is not too sweet or fruity, just refreshing, which is the ideal beverage for a day of dancing and feasting.

 View recipe: Fresh Watermelon Margarita

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