20 best Margaritas

Words by Simon Difford

Photography by Dan Malpass

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The Margarita cocktail brilliantly lends itself to adaption with the sweet element (traditionally triple sec liqueur) and citrus swapped and added to. Even the tequila base spirit may be partially replaced with another spirit or substituted with mezcal. These 20 best Margaritas include examples of all these variations.

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Blood Orange Margarita
With: Blanco tequila, triple sec, Italian red bitter liqueur, blood orange juice, lime juice, and sugar syrup.
We say: Citrusy with delicate bitter sweetness.

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Californian Margarita
With: Blanco tequila, triple sec, lemon juice, falernum, and saline solution.
We say: A lemon rather than lime margarita with falernum adding a touch of spice.

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Chihuahua Margarita
With: Reposado tequila, pink grapefruit juice, agave syrup, and Margarita bitters.
We say: Tequila and grapefruit juice pepped up with a dash of bitters.

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Elegante Margarita
With: Reposado tequila, triple sec, lime cordial, lime juice, and sugar syrup.
We say: Delicious! Richly endowed with flavour.

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Italian Margarita
With: Reposado tequila, amaretto, triple sec, and lime juice.
We say: Amaretto adds flavours of apricot and almond.

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Lavender Margarita
With: Reposado tequila, lime juice, lavender syrup, and margarita bitters.
We say:A floral lavender-influenced margarita.

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Lemon Sherbet Margarita
With: Blanco tequila, limoncello, lemon juice, agave syrup, and lemon sorbet.
We say: Does indeed have a sherbet flavour with a citrusy bite.

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Lucky Lily Margarita
With: Reposado tequila, pineapple juice, lime juice, honey syrup, and black pepper.
We say: A fruity margarita with a tingle of pepper.

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Margarita del Diablo
With: Blanco tequila, chili liqueur,
We say: Sip a chili-spiced Margarita through a thin layer of devilishly red wine.

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Margarita on-the-rocks (Difford's recipe)
With: Reposado tequila, triple sec, lime juice, agave syrup, saline solution, and margarita bitters.
We say: How I like my margaritas to be served.

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Matador Margarita (Tommy's Style)
With: Reposado tequila, lime juice, agave syrup, pineapple juice, and margarita bitters.
We say: A pineapple margarita with agave syrup in place of a sweet liqueur.

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Mezcal Margarita
With: Mezcal, triple sec, lime juice, agave syrup, saline solution, and Margarita bitters.
We say: A smokin' Margarita.

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Passion Fruit Margarita
With: Fresh passion fruit, reposado tequila, triple sec, lime juice, and agave syrup.
We say: Passion fruit flavour and tartness influences rather than dominates this margarita.

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Pink Grapefruit Margarita
With: Reposado tequila, pink grapefruit juice, lime juice, and agave syrup.
We say: Exactly as the name promises.

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Pomegranate Margarita
With: Reposado tequila, pomegranate juice, grenadine syrup, and lime juice.
We say: Pomegranate and tequila combine harmoniously.

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Rosalia Margarita
With: Blanco tequila, Italian red bitter liqueur, lemon juice, and rose syrup.
We say: Delicately bittersweet with subtle floral rose.

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Smokestack Lightning
With: Reposado tequila, Islay single malt whisky, agave syrup, lime juice, and Margarita bitters.
We say: A margarita with wisps of Islay smoke.

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Strawberry Margarita (frozen)
With: Reposado tequila, triple sec, lime juice, sugar syrup, and fresh strawberries.
We say: Slightly sweet but yummy.

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Tommy's Margarita
With: Reposado tequila, lime juice, agave syrup, and Margarita bitters.
We say: Agave flavour is king in this margarita without a liqueur.

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Tommy's Mezcal Margarita
With: Mezcal, lime juice, agave syrup, and Margarita bitters.
We say: Tommy's is good with tequila but perhaps even better with mezcal.

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