Recipes: Summer Margarita

Whether you are sitting on a sunny tropical island or in your own backyard oasis, an ice-cold drink always seems the most appropriate. When I close my eyes and feel the warmth of summer, I immediately begin to reach for a frozen margarita — even before reaching for the sunscreen. If you’re like me, and your cocktails take priority, then I’m here to share with you three simple (but delicious!) recipes that will keep your taste buds quenched through these hot summer nights. Versatile and classic, each recipe can be customized to your preference, and while each recipe is one serving, they can be easily batched to feed a crowd.


Classic Margarita


  • ½ ounce agave
  • ¼ cup lime juice (key lime juice works great, too!)
  • 1 ½ ounce tequila
  • ¾ ounce triple sec
  • Ice
  • Lime wedges, for garnish


  1. Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Shake, strain and serve over ice. Garnish with a salted rim and/or lime wedges if desired.


Paloma Margarita

A twist on this classic tequila cocktail. This marries the best of a Paloma and a Margarita.


  • Grenadine
  • 1 ½ ounce tequila
  • ¼ cup grapefruit juice
  • 1 ounce lime juice
  • ½ ounce agave
  • Ice


  1. Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Shake, strain and serve over ice. Finish with a splash of grenadine. Garnish with a salted rim and/or grapefruit slices if desired.


Cucumber Margarita

Incredibly refreshing! An added touch of jalapeno for an extra kick but is 100% optional.


  • 1 ounce tequila
  • ¼ cup lime juice
  • ½ ounce agave
  • ½ ounce orange liqueur
  • 1 cucumber, sliced
  • Jalapeno, for garnish
  • Ice


  1. Muddle cucumber in the bottom of a glass cup. Add tequila, lime juice, agave, orange liqueur and ice to the muddled cucumber. Shake, strain and serve over ice. Add sliced cucumber and jalapeno for garnish if desired.


When it comes to summer cocktails, a margarita can’t be beat! Frozen, on the rocks, classic or with a twist, margaritas are my go-to summer cocktail to feed a crowd or enjoy on my own. These simple recipes are perfect to join you poolside on these squelching summer days!


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