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Happy Cinco de Mayo: 6 Margarita cocktail recipes to help you celebrate

Aaaany excuse for a Margarita... time to grab the salt and lime

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The Margarita cocktail has been a staple on drinks menus around the world for years. It’s traditionally made with tequila, triple sec and lime juice, but there are 101 variations out there.

When it comes to this delicious drink’s history, things get a bit fuzzy (don't they always!).

There are many stories, from the recipe being gifted as a wedding present; to a Mexican bartender naming the drink after 'Margarita', the daughter of a German ambassador; to a tale of hotel barons and American socialites.

But the most likely story is that the drink evolved over time, as people and alcohol moved around the world. However it came about, it is known that by the early 1900s, the cocktail as we know it today, was firmly in existence.

As today is Cinco de Mayo, I hope many of you will be celebrating with a tasty tipple or two this evening. And if you're ready to get busy with the cocktail shaker...

6 Margarita recipes to help celebrate Cinco de Mayo

If you want to get in on the Margarita-making action, here are five perfect recipes to get your day/evening off to a great start.

Classic Margarita (blanco tequila)

50ml Patrón Silver

25ml Patrón Citrónge Orange (or Triple Sec/Cointreau)

20ml Fresh lime juice

10ml Simple syrup

+ Lime wedge for garnish/Kosher salt (optional)

Method: Combine liquid ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake vigorously with ice to chill. Strain onto fresh ice in a rocks glass and garnish with a lime wedge, or strain into a cocktail glass. Salt half the rim of the glass with kosher salt if desired.

The Athenaeum Hotel & Residences' head bartender, Fabio Lupica's Margarita

40ml Tequila Jose Cuervo

20ml lime juice

20ml kumquat liquor

20ml lychee juice

3 red chilli slices

Method: Add 3 chilli slices to a shaker and muddle it, add the in the rest of the ingredients and shake, double strain into a coupe glass, garnish with chilli powder or flakes and enjoy!

Recuerdo Mezcal Margarita

50ml Recuerdo Mezcal Abocado con Gusano

25ml Lime juice

25ml Cointreau/Triple Sec

5ml Agave

+Salt rim and lime wedge for garnish

Method: Add all your ingredients to a shaker (minus your garnish!) and shake hard. Rub a lime wedge round the rim of your glass and dip in salt. Double strain your drink into a coupe glass, or into a rocks glass, and garnish with a lime wedge.

Mezcal keeps threatening to have its moment, but there are a lot of people who still haven't heard of it.

The main flavour difference you'll notice is that Mezcal is smoky, and is a great spirit to sip – as well as turn into delicious cocktails. I've made my Mezcal Margarita with El Recuerdo de Oaxaca con Gusano (with a mezcal worm in the bottle). While there are a lot of tequilas with worms in as a gimmick, there's method behind the apparent madness when it comes to Mezcal. The brand is owned by MMA Fighter Jorge Masvidal, who said in a Forbes interview that after adding the worm, "it becomes smoother and silkier with an earthy flavor. It also gives the liquid a slight golden hue."

Perfect Patrón Margarita (reposado tequila)

50ml Patrón Reposado

25ml Patrón Citrónge Orange (or Triple Sec/Cointreau)

20ml Fresh lime juice

10ml Simple syrup, to taste

+ Lime wheel for garnish/Kosher salt (optional)

Method: Combine ingredients in the cocktail shaker and shake with ice to chill. Strain into a salt-rimmed martini or rocks glass. Garnish with a lime wheel.

Cucumber-Coconut Margarita

50ml Patrón Silver

60ml Coconut water

25ml Fresh lime juice

10ml Simple syrup

7 Thin slices of cucumber, 3 for garnish

Method: Combine all ingredients (including 4 of the cucumber slices) in a cocktail shaker and shake vigorously with ice to chill. Strain onto fresh ice in a highball glass. Garnish with remaining 3 cucumbers.

Fabio Lupica's take on a Tommy's Margarita

50ml Tequila Jose Cuervo

25ml lime juice

10ml agave syrup

10ml Creme de Mure

Method: Pour the tequila, lime juice and agave syrup into a shaker, shake hard, strain over a glass with ice, pour over the Creme de Mure and enjoy!

Which Margarita recipe takes your fancy?!

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Comments (21)

  • Cucumber-coconut margarita? Go on then 👀

      1 year ago
  • I'm still a bit scarred from my first margarita. I expected sweetness, not salt on the glass.

      1 year ago
    • Ah yes... there are plenty of really, really bad Margarita mixes out there, and quite a few bars I've been to have put sugar on the rim instead of salt. The salt takes a bit of getting used to, and is definitely an optional extra, but once you get...

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        1 year ago
    • Maybe. I'm ready to give G&T another chance soon.

        1 year ago
  • Oh yes, they open my favourite Mexican restaurant/bar on Monday. It´s ceviche and margarita tamarindo with chilli for me, please!

      1 year ago
  • Margaritas are the most delicious drink in the world. My local Mexican restaurant makes them with different flavours but my favourite is passion fruit 🥰🥰🥰🥰😋😋😋😋

      1 year ago
  • Im keeping it easy...sangria...

      1 year ago