10 Memorable Margaritas and Daiquiri Recipes

Step away from the ordinary and mix up a unique cocktail for the party


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You know that the daiquiri is a great summer drink, and you might make a margarita that blows everyone away. Yet, sometimes even those trusted favorites get a little old, and it's time for something new, fresh, and unique.

These cocktail recipes build on the simple foundations of those iconic rum and tequila drinks. They offer unique flavor combinations that are a lot of fun to share. You won't find anything too outlandish, either, and they're easy enough so anyone can mix them up.

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    Spicy Cucumber Mint Margarita

    Frozen Cucumber Mint Margarita with Tabasco Sauce

    Truly memorable margaritas—especially of the blended variety—often feature two contrasting flavors. The spicy cucumber mint margarita is a perfect example of this.

    In it, the cool, refreshing taste of cucumber and mint are offset by a healthy dose of hot sauce. On the surface, it's just another green, boozy smoothie with a reposado tequila background. If no one sees you toss in ​Tabasco, they'll have no idea what's inside. 

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    The Daiquir-ease

    Daiquir-ease cocktail recipe
    Zacapa Rum 23

    The daiquir-ease is the perfect summer cocktail for anyone who loves to make their own mixers. It includes two homemade ingredients that you can use in other drinks, and they're easy enough for newbies to tackle.

    The lavender honey and homemade blueberry shrub are a delicate combination, and the aged rum is the ideal backdrop. Add a bit of sparkling water, and a great drink is waiting for you to enjoy.

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    Trophy Margarita

    Roca Patron Tequila's The Trophy Margarita Cocktail
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    This drink is sweet, simple, and surprisingly delicious! The trophy margarita recipe is a lavender-flavored margarita that is just as easy as the original margarita.

    You only need three ingredients, and the key to the recipe is a homemade lavender syrup. It can be prepared in 15 minutes and it takes about an hour to steep and cool. From there, it's as simple as shaking it with a great tequila and fresh lime juice.

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    Red Pepper Sangrita Margarita

    Red Pepper Sangrita Margarita - Tequila Cocktail
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    The red pepper sangrita margarita is the spicy brunch margarita you've been looking for all along. It's not sure what it is but combines everything that is great about the bloody Mary, ​sangrita, and margarita into one rather tasty cocktail.

    The recipe will have you mix a blanco tequila, tomato juice, and sour mix. That sounds normal, but things really get interesting when you add a red pepper puree and habanero hot sauce.

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    Rhubarb-Rosemary Daiquiri

    Rhubarb Rosemary Daiquiri
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    Rhubarb does not make an appearance in many cocktails, and that's a shame because it's delicious. It's also not the easiest vegetable to juice, but drinks like the rhubarb-rosemary daiquiri make every minute of effort worth it.

    This recipe really is one of the most unusual cocktails you will find. The combination of rhubarb juice and rosemary syrup with light rum is a pure delight. It's an adventure in flavor and the perfect way to use up any leftover rhubarb from your garden.

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    Hemingway Daiquiri

    Hemingway Daiquiri Recipe

    The Spruce

    Recipe innovations are nothing new and this was one of the first cocktails to put a twist on the daiquiri. It's refreshing, simple, and one of the best daiquiris you'll find.

    The Hemingway daiquiri was created for the author himself. He was known to be a daiquiri fan, and it's said that he enjoyed his namesake drink as well. With the additions of grapefruit and cherry, you'll fall for it too.

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    Highland Margarita

    Drambuie Highland Margarita Cocktail
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    You will want a very nice tequila for this very nice margarita recipe. The Highland margarita is simple yet fascinating and it's the perfect recipe for fall and winter.

    It's unusual to add a spirit like Drambuie—with its scotch, honey, and herbal blend—into a sour drink. Yet, that's what makes this margarita stand out, and the result is remarkable.

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    Habanero Blood Orange Margarita

    Habanero Blood Orange Margarita Cocktail from La Sandia's
    La Sandia's

    The habanero blood orange margarita is the ultimate winter margarita recipe, and it's guaranteed to warm you up. It can be rather spicy, so consider yourself warned.

    The blood orange is a cold-weather citrus fruit that is less acidic than most oranges. It is the ideal contrast to the spiciness of habanero pepper. The recipe itself is simple to mix, and you'll enjoy the mole negro rim.

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    Late Night Lychee Margarita

    The Late Night Lychee Margarita with lychee and jalapeño
    Sauza Tequila

    Again, spicy meets sweet in a unique margarita recipe that is sure to turn a few heads at your party. The late night lychee margarita is an exciting recipe and one you'll rely on time and again.

    For this drink, silver tequila is mixed with lime juice and a simple syrup infused with the sweetness of lychee fruits. That's rather innocent, but when you add a little cilantro and jalapeño, the drink becomes a dynamic flavor experience.

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    El Pepino

    Milagro Tequila's El Pepino Cocktail
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    There is so much to love about el pepino, a margarita that is cool and refreshing with a nod to classic drink styling. It makes a fantastic after-dinner drink and is a great way to show off your favorite tequila.

    This mix relies on an aged tequila and has the typical margarita base of triple sec and lime juice. Its main flavor comes from the combination of fresh cucumber and cilantro, but it's the egg white that gives it a luscious foam and mouthfeel that's irresistible.