8 Margarita Recipes That Are Cooler Than the Ones You Made in College

Because you're a grown woman.

Margaritas are delicious. That's just a fact. But before you reach for your tried-and-true circa-college staples, try these upgrades. You—and your not-so-terrible hangover—will thank us.

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Mystic Marvel

Created by Drew Sweeney, the Beverage Director at Dream Midtown and Downtown, this is a riff on the classic prickly pear margarita.


1.5 oz. Casamigos Tequila

1oz. Prickly Pear Purée

.75oz. Agave

.75 Lime Juice


Shake the tequila, purée, agave, and lime juice in a shaker over ice and pour into a rocks glass limed with salt. Garnish wtih a lime wheel and umbrella.

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The Grand Margarita

Think of this as an elevated version of the classic.


3/4 parts Grand Marnier®

1 1/2 parts premium tequila

1/2 parts freshly squeezed lime juice


Lime wheel for garnish


Combine Grand Marnier, tequila, and lime juice in a shaker. Fill with ice and shake. strain into an ice-filled rocks glass. Garnish with a lime wheel.

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Jamaica Blood Orange Margarita

Give your normal marg a delish upgrade with a blood orange twist.


4 oz tequila

2 oz triple sec

6 oz Bai5 Bubbles Jamaica Blood Orange (a sparkling orange juice)

Juice of two limes

Lime wedges, for garnish

Salt, for rimming edge of glass (optional )


Pour 1/4 inch of salt in a shallow plate.

Moisten the rim of a margarita glass with a lime wedge, and dip it into the salt.

Fill the glass with ice, and set aside.

Pour the tequila, triple sec, and lime juice into a cocktail shaker over ice.

Cover, and shake vigorously until the outside of the shaker has frosted.

Strain into the prepared glasses, pour Jamaica Blood Orange and stir.

Garnish with lime wedges to serve.

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Patrón Smoked Sea Salt Margarita of the Year

This sweet cocktail gets a dash of spice with paprika. Consider it the more adult take on that fruity drink you've been ordering since you were 19...I mean, 21.


1½ oz Patrón Silver

½ oz fresh lime juice

½ oz pineapple juice

½ oz agave nectar

a pinch of smoked paprika

smoked sea salt


Prepare an old fashioned glass by moistening the rim and rolling it in smoked sea salt.

Shake everything with ice.

Strain over fresh ice cubes in the prepared glass.

Garnish with a lime and a dusting of smoked paprika.

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Bandera de Puebla

Created by Rob Krueger, of Extra Fancy in Brooklyn, this drink gives a nod to the Mexican flag with its cool layers. (#YouGotThis)


1 oz. Patron Reposado

1 oz. Patron Citronge Lime

.5 oz. Coconut Cream

.75 oz. Fresh Lime Juice

.75 oz Pomegranate Juice

Mint Sprig for Garnish


Combine the Patron Reposado, Citronge Lime, Coconut & Lime Juice in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake well.

Strain over fresh ice in a rocks glass.

Gently pour the pomegranate juice so it settles to the bottom half of the drink creating two equal layers of white and red.

Garnish with a sprig of mint to represent the three colors of the Mexican flag.

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Cucumber Margarita

Served at the Living Room W Fort Lauderdale, this marg is like spa-meets-cinco.


1.5 oz Casamigos Blanco

.75 oz. fresh lime juice

.5 oz. Cointreau

.5 oz. simple syrup

5 cucumber wheels


Muddle cucumber with the simple and lime juice.

Combine all ingredients to iced mixing glass.

Shake vigorously and strain over fresh ice.

Garnish with cucumber slices.

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Tomar Bueno

Created by Damian Windsor in LA, this super easy drink is the fanciest-looking thing you can make in about 20 seconds flat. We also like Windsor's recommendation for those without highball glasses: "Alternatively, take a big sip out of a can of Squirt soda and add the other ingredients directly into it." See—easy.


1 oz. Patron Roca Silver

.75 oz. Patron Citronge Lime

1 oz. Campari

1 oz. grapefruit juice

Top with Squirt


Add ice and liquid ingredients to a highball glass, garnish with a grapefruit peel twist.

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Jalapeño Margarita

Give your drink some kick (it's supposed to be a Mexican celebration, after all) with this recipe from the W at Ford Lauderdale.


3 pieces muddled jalapeño (no seeds)

1 ½ ounces Casamigos Blanco

½ ounce Cointreau

½ ounce simple syrup

1 ½ ounces fresh lime juice


In a shaker, muddle jalapeño.

Add tequila, Cointreau, simple syrup, and fresh lime juice.

Top with ice and shake. Serve in rocks glass over ice.

Garnish with a jalapeño slice.

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