Margarita recipe twists
Margaritas pair beautifully with spicy flavours so try adding a dash of hot sauce to the recipe above (there’s a blood orange variety of Cointreau that works well). Make a chilli salt for the glass rim by mixing together ½ tsp of mild chilli powder, 1 tsp of sea salt flakes and the zest of ½ a lime.
Smoky mezcal makes for a sultry, potent margarita – just swap out the tequila for mezcal in the classic recipe above.
Create a hybrid between a dirty martini and a margarita by adding a dash of pickling brine to the classic recipe. Pickled chilli brine works well, as does the brine from a jar of preserved lemons.
Add a super-summery twist to your margarita by putting 50ml of tequila, 75ml of watermelon juice (we blitzed a handful of the fruit in a food processor for this), 1 tbsp of Cointreau or sugar syrup, and 25ml of lime juice in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well and strain into a margarita or coupe glass.
Passion fruit margarita
Tropical passion fruit adds a tangy character to this drink. Cut a passion fruit in half and scoop out the flesh. Put in a cocktail shaker along with 50ml of tequila, 30ml of Cointreau or sugar syrup, and 15ml of lime juice. Add some ice, shake well and strain into a margarita or coupe glass.