10 Memorable Margaritas and Daiquiris for Summer Parties

Step Away From the Ordinary, Let's Mix Up a Unique Drink This Summer

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It's very easy to get into a drink rut. You know that the Daiquiri is a great summer drink and it's likely that your personal Margarita recipe blows everyone away. Yet, sometimes even the trusted favorites get a little old and it's time for something new, fresh, and unique.

The Daiquiri and Margarita are the perfect cocktails to build on and play with. Both drinks are very basic and require just a few ingredients. We can use that sour rum or tequila base to inspire our drinks to new...MORE heights.

This collection of cocktails is filled with fun and unusual recipes. Some are just a little different, adding a single ingredient or swapping in something that isn't typically found in the bar. Others get a little wild and are a lot of fun to share with (and impress) friends. Yet, you won't find anything too exotic and everyone can have fun mixing up these drinks.

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    Frozen Cucumber Mint Margarita with Tabasco Sauce
    Key lime, mint, cucumber, aged tequila, what more could you want in a margarita? Oh, how about some Tabasco!. Photo Courtesy: © Tabasco

    What You Need:

    • Reposado Tequila
    • Cucumber
    • Key Lime Juice
    • Mint
    • Sugar
    • Orange Liqueur
    • Tabasco Sauce

    Suggested Tequila: Siembra Azul Reposado Tequila

    Truly memorable margaritas - especially of the blended variety - often feature two contrasting flavors and this Spicy Cucumber Mint Margarita is a perfect example. In it, the cool, refreshing taste of cucumber and mint are offset by a healthy dose of hot sauce.

    The cocktail's actually quite deceptive and if no one sees you toss in the Tabasco, they'll...MORE have no idea what's inside. On the surface, it's just another green, boozy smoothie. Sure, it looks all sweet and innocent, but there's a surprise inside!

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    Daiquiri-ease cocktail recipe
    The Daiquiri-ease is a beautiful cocktail that includes lavender honey and a blueberry shrub, both of which are easy to make yourself. Photo Courtesy: © Zacapa Rum 23

    What You Need:

    • Aged rum
    • Lavender Honey
    • Blueberry Shrub
    • Sparkling Water

    Suggested Rum: Zacapa 23 Solera Rum

    The Daiquir-ease is the perfect summer cocktail for those who love to make their own mixers. It includes two homemade ingredients that you're sure to have fun playing with 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...MORE drink is waiting!

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    Suerte Tequila's Prankster Margarita
    The Prankster Margarita has a little surprise inside and it may just be the notorious "green fairy.". Photo Courtesy: © Suerte Tequila

    What You Need:

    • Blanco Tequila
    • Absinthe
    • Lime juice
    • Agave Nectar
    • Tarragon Salt

    Suggested Tequila: Suerte Blanco Tequila

    Did you expect to get a little absinthe in your margarita? It's definitely an unusual request, but it works. You'll just have to try it to find out for yourself. Some of the best things in life are unexpected and the Prankster Margarita is one of them. 

    Also, be sure that you do not skip the tarragon salt rim on this cocktail. While that is often an optional embellishment,...MORE it's essential in this case. It is the glue that makes the tequila-absinthe combo work so well.

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    Cranberry Daiquiri
    Tarragon is an unexpected ingredient in this Cranberry Daiquiri. Photo Courtesy: © Shannon Graham

    What You Need:

    • Rum
    • Elderflower Syrup
    • Cranberry Juice
    • Lime Juice
    • Tarragon

    Suggested Rum: Mount Gay Rum

    This is not just any ordinary cranberry-flavored daiquiri, it's something very special with a compound of interesting flavors. The real beauty of this Cranberry Daiquiri recipe is that it includes both elderflower and tarragon.

    The contrast found in the drink is amazing and surprising and it's also very easy to mix up. You can even switch to St. Germain if that's easier for you than...MORE elderflower syrup. Try serving this one at cookouts and other casual occasions this summer and see if your guests can figure out what's inside.

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    Roca Patron Tequila's The Trophy Margarita Cocktail
    An easy DIY lavender syrup just took your margarita to a new level. Rob Palmer / Photolibrary / Getty Images

    What You Need:

    • Reposado Tequila
    • Lime Juice
    • Lavender Syrup

    Suggested Tequila: Roca Patron Reposado Tequila

    It is sweet, simple, and surprisingly delicious! This Trophy Margarita recipe is a lavender-flavored margarita that is just as easy as the original Margarita.

    Three ingredients are required and the key to the recipe is a homemade lavender syrup which can be prepared in 15 minutes and ready in an hour or two. From there, it's as simple as shaking it with a great tequila and fresh lime.

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    Red Pepper Sangrita Margarita - Tequila Cocktail Recipe
    Is it a Margarita, a Bloody Mary, or a Sangrita? Whatever it is, it is a great savory tequila cocktail worth trying. Tony Robins / Photolibrary / Getty Images

    What You Need:

    • Blanco Tequila
    • Tomato Juice
    • Sour Mix
    • Red Pepper Puree
    • Habanero Hot Sauce

    Suggested Tequila: Cabo Wabo Blanco Tequila

    Let's assume that you're in the mood for a Bloody Mary, but a shot of Sangrita sounds good, too. Then again, the sour taste of a fresh Margarita has some appeal at the moment. Well, if you find yourself in such a predicament and just can't decide, the Red Pepper Sangrita Margarita is here to save the day!

    I can't help but think that this cocktail has a...MORE personality complex. It really doesn't know what it wants to be, but that's okay. In the end, it's a very interesting and pretty tasty drink.

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    Rhubarb Rosemary Daiquiri
    Learn how to make garden-fresh rhubarb juice without a juicer, then mix it into this fresh Rhubarb Rosemary Daiquiri cocktail. Westend61 / Getty Images

    What You Need:

    • Light Rum
    • Rhubarb Juice
    • Rosemary Syrup
    • Lemon Juice

    Suggested Rum: Flor de Caña 4 Year Old White Rum

    Rhubarb does not make an appearance in many cocktails and that's a shame. It is not the easiest to juice, either, but drinks like this Rhubarb-Rosemary Daiquiri make every minute of effort worth it.

    This recipe really is one of the most unusual cocktails you will find and the combination of rhubarb and rosemary is a pure delight. It's an adventure in flavor and the perfect way to...MORE use up all that leftover rhubarb.

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    Classic Hemingway Daiquiri Cocktail Recipe
    A hint of maraschino and a touch of grapefruit make the popular Hemingway Daiquiri a fantastic drink. Jonelle Weaver / The Image Bank / Getty Images

    What you need:

    • Light Rum
    • Maraschino Liqueur
    • Grapefruit and Lime Juices
    • Simple Syrup

    Suggested Rum: Ron Matusalem Platino Rum

    We have to include a classic cocktail that puts a twist on the Daiquiri. It shows that recipe innovations are nothing new and, quite frankly, it's 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. You'll fall for it too and...MORE the cherry and grapefruit additions could not be easier to obtain.

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    Drambuie Highland Margarita Cocktail Recipe
    The Highland Margarita is very easy, just use the basic margarita recipe and add a touch of Drambuie. A485 / Photographer's Choice / Getty Images

    You will need:

    • Tequila
    • Grand Marnier
    • Drambuie
    • Lime Juice

    Suggested Tequila: Cazadores Blanco Tequila

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

    We typically wouldn't think to add a spirit like Drambuie with its scotch, honey, and herbal blend into a sour drink. That's what makes it stand out and the result is remarkable. If you have Drambuie and the standard...MORE Margarita ingredients, give it a try.

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    Habanero Blood Orange Margarita Cocktail from La Sandia's
    This spicy margarita begins with a DIY habanero and blood orange puree. It's the perfect way to spice up your tequila routine. Photo: La Sandia's

    You will need:

    • Reposado Tequila
    • Blood Orange Habanero Puree
    • Sour Mix
    • Mole Negro

    Suggested Tequila:​ Gran Centenario Reposado Tequila

    This 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 produce that is less acidic than oranges we're used to. It is the ideal companion for a habanero pepper as the two contrast each other perfectly. The recipe itself is simple to mix, just make sure...MORE you clean up after playing with the peppers.