Have a Drink Friday – Cinco de Mayo Margaritas

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Well how about that?  Just so happens this week’s #HADF lands on Cinco de Mayo.  Always a great excuse in America to drink margaritas and eat tacos.  So this week I’m featuring five margarita recipes that sound pretty good to me courtesy of the GOAT – Better Homes & Gardens.

Oh, and a perfect time for this classic shirt!

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Classic Lime Margarita

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The original limeade margarita is a classic drink for a Cinco de Mayo party. To serve eight party guests, you’ll need:

  • 12-oz. can of frozen limeade concentrate
  • 3/4 cup gold tequila
  • 1/2 Cointreau or other orange liqueur
  • 4 cups ice
  • Lime
  • Coarse salt or sugar

Instructions: Put limeade concentrate, tequila, and Cointreau in a blender; cover and blend to combine. Gradually add ice cubes through an opening in the blender’s lid until mixture becomes slushy. To prepare the margarita glasses, rub a lime wedge around each rim and dip into a shallow dish of coarse salt or sugar.

Blackberry Margarita on the Rocks

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Fresh blackberries are the perfect garnish for this fruity margarita. To serve eight Cinco de Mayo party guests, you’ll need:

  • 1 to 1-1/2 cups of tequila
  • 1-1/2 cups Triple Sec or other orange liqueur
  • 3/4 cups blackberry brandy (optional)
  • 3/4 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1/2 cup superfine sugar or powdered sugar
  • 16-oz. package frozen unsweetened blackberries, thawed
  • Ice
  • Fresh blackberries

Instructions: Combine tequila, Triple Sec, lime juice, and sugar; stir until sugar is dissolved. If desired, replace half of the Triple Sec with blackberry brandy. Chill until ready to serve. In a blender, place the package of unsweetened blackberries; cover and blend until smooth. If desired, strain to remove seeds. Add blended fruit to tequila mixture; pour over ice cubes and garnish with fresh blackberries.

Sparkling Margarita

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Sparkling wine or champagne gives this margarita a fun and unexpected twist. To serve six Cinco de Mayo party guests, you’ll need:

  • 1 cup blanco (white) tequila
  • 2/3 cup lime juice
  • 1/3 cup agave nectar
  • 1-1/2 cups sparkling wine or champagne
  • Lime peel strips or very thin lime slices

Instructions: In a cocktail shaker, combine half of the tequila, lime juice, and agave nectar with plenty of ice. Shake for 5 seconds and strain the mixture into three glasses. Repeat with remaining tequila, juice and agave nectar. Top each serving with sparkling wine; add a lime peel strip and additional lime juice to taste.

Icy Cranberry Margarita

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This blended fruit-infused margarita is quite a treat! To serve six Cinco de Mayo party guests, you’ll need:

  • 1/2 cup frozen cranberry-raspberry juice concentrate, thawed
  • 1/2 cup tequila
  • 1/4 cup orange liqueur
  • 3 Tbsp. melon liqueur
  • 5 cups ice
  • Lime
  • Coarse salt or sugar

Instructions: In a blender, combine juice concentrate, tequila, orange liqueur, and melon liqueur; cover and blend until combined. Gradually add ice, blending until slushy. Rub each margarita glass rim with a lime wedge. Dip the rims into a shallow dish of coarse salt or sugar and shake off excess. Pour blended margarita mix into prepared glasses.

Blended Blue Margarita

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The blue Curacao in this blended margarita turns it a fun color, perfect for serving at a Cinco de Mayo party. To serve four party guests, you’ll need:

  • 4 lime wedges
  • Coarse salt or sugar
  • 4 cups ice
  • 1 cup tequila
  • 8 Tbsp. blue Curacao
  • 4 Tbsp. lime juice
  • 2 tsp. sugar
  • 4 lemon or orange peel twists

Instructions: Rub each margarita glass rim with a lime wedge. Dip the rims into a shallow dish of coarse salt or sugar; shake off excess and set aside. Fill a blender with ice cubes; add tequila, blue Curacao, lime juice, and sugar. Cover and blend until smooth. Pour into prepared glasses; garnish with citrus twists.

by Bill Bush

Bill lives in the Chicago suburbs with his wife and kids while maintaining an unhealthy golf passion where he lives by the mantra "grip it, rip it, and worry about it later." Bill is also a writer and co-founder at the website PluggedInGolf.com where you can read equipment reviews, news, instruction, and other sweet golf content.

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