In each of these margarita recipes, a secret ingredient steps up to add extra yum to this summer's favorite cocktail. These icy-cold sips are hot-hot-hot!
1. Secret Something: Cold Beer
Beertails are killing it! And these margaritas -- a tasty blend of frozen limeade, tequila, and beer-- were the original beertail. "Best to use not-so-micro brews to avoid an overpowering beer flavor," advises big surprise, the recipe submitter. "Use the limeade can to measure the ingredients, and adjust with extra water if the mixture seems too sweet."
2. Secret Something: Berries & Brew
If beertails are this summer's smart choice, then this strawberry beermarg should earn you a PhD in partying on. Strawberries don't just add wonderful sweet flavor and beauty to the cocktail, they also sneak in serious nutrition -- antioxidants galore, plus vitamins C and K, fiber, and folic acid. Talk about drinking to your health!
3. Secret Something: Fresh Watermelon
Watermelon just says summertime. "These are so amazing and refreshing on hot summer days," says RainbowJewels, the recipe submitter. Blend fresh watermelon into a puree. Or follow thrillergriller's advice: "Cube your watermelon the night before and freeze it on a waxed paper lined cookie sheet. Make it into a slushie in a blender the next day with all the other ingredients. AWESOME!"
Want to earn some extra bartender cred? Pair your watermelon margs with these super-fun Sliced Watermelon Jell-O Shots. Try subbing in tequila for the vodka -- or not.
4. Secret Something: Agave Syrup & Grapefruit
We're going gaga for agave syrup! And it's a genius addition to these margs. Fresh grapefruit juice adds a refreshingly tart edge to this 5-star margarita; and a touch of agave syrup delivers just the right balance of sweetness. If you like, garnish with pomegranate seeds.
5. Secret Something: Fresh Pineapple
One for the pineapple lovers! Pineapple is hot right now, and this recipe is triple trouble with three kinds of juice. Orange liqueur and your favorite tequila round it out deliciously. Garnish with slices of orange, lime, and maybe a thin wedge of fresh pineapple. "Keep a pitcher in the fridge for a nice hot afternoon," recommends NBRO, who gave the recipe 5 stars.
Related: How To Cut A Pineapple
6. Secret Something: Peppers and Cukes
Cocktail caliente! "Nothing tastes better than tequila and jalapeno," says daddyyumyum, the recipe submitter. "The cucumber adds a freshness that helps to mute the jalapeno's bite. The longer it chills, the more the jalapeno and cucumber flavors infuse into the tequila. Serve over ice in a salt-rimmed glass, garnished with cucumber slices."
7. Secret Something: The Surprise is Inside!
It's the Cracker Jacks of margaritas. A refreshing margarita with a prize inside: "A yummy tequila-lime Jell-O shot at the bottom of the glass," explains Marsbars, the recipe submitter. Let the Jell-O shot chill in the fridge until it sets. Then place the shot glass at the bottom of the cocktail, shake the margarita, and pour it over. And for good measure, top with beer.
8. Secret Something: Jell-O Shot!
With this recipe, the Jell-O shot isn't submerged in the margarita, the margarita is the Jell-O shot. "This recipe is my closest attempt at duplicating the awesome flavor of a cold margarita. It's sweet, tart, salty, and packs a punch," says Jeff Willis. "Garnish each serving with a lime wedge. You seriously only need one of these." See how it's done:
Feel like a classic? Reach for the Manly Margarita -- it's a marg at its simplified best, nothing but fresh lime juice, triple sec, and tequila. Or take a tasty shortcut with this Margarita, which calls for frozen lime-aid concentrate. Or go beyond margaritas with classic tequila and mezcal cocktails.