There is no shame in my game: I love a good margarita. Living overseas (in Germany and Japan) for the last five years we have had to be a little resourceful and find our very favorite margarita recipes to make at home. These two go two recipes – one frozen and one on the rocks – are seriously delicious! Relying on simple, fresh ingredients the Whole Fruit Frozen Margarita and Skinniest Margarita are the only margarita recipes you’ll ever need.
Here’s how Margarita Night usually transpires in our house. We make the best decision of our lives and opt for tacos with homemade salsa and guac for dinner. We invite friends over to join us for margaritas. We drink 2 or 3 pitchers of Whole Fruit Frozen Margaritas. We decide it’s time to switch to on the rocks and my husband makes the Skinniest Margaritas. We have a wonderful night.
Now that you have the template for the best night in ever, let’s get to the recipes. And, naturally, I’m going to share them in the order that we usually drink them: frozen first, on the rocks second.
Whole Fruit Frozen Margarita
When I took the plunge and bought a Vitamix, my husband was understandably hesitant. It’s not your average kitchen gadget and comes with a hefty price tag. But, the first time we made the Vitamix Whole Fruit Margarita, my husband was convinced it was the best purchase ever. The Vitamix is definitely good for a variety of recipes, but it is truly magic when it comes to these margaritas. The consistency is perfection – no lumps or chunks of ice, just a delicious, smooth fruity cocktail.
Party hack: peel and half one orange, lime and lemon and put fruit into a plastic bag. Keep the plastic bag in your refrigerator until it’s time to make the margarita. Having the fruit cut and portioned keeps the prep time really short so you can spend more time hanging out with guests.
Whole Fruit Frozen Margarita Recipe
- ¼ cup water
- 6 ounces tequila
- 2 ounces Triple Sec (or Grand Marnier or some other orange flavored liquor)
- 1 orange, peeled, halved
- 1 lime, peeled, halved
- 1 lemon, peeled, halved
- 4 Tablespoons granulated sugar
- Lots of ice cubes
Peel and cut the lemon, orange and lime in half.
Toss them into the blender with water, tequila, Grand Marnier and sugar. Fill blender with ice. Start on the lowest setting and slowly increase speed to the highest setting. Add ice as the mixture blends down. You’ll use about 6 cups total ice.
Makes about 6 margaritas.
Skinniest Margarita Recipe
We originally discovered this margarita recipe while trying to find a way to make a margarita with ingredients we would purchase in a German grocery store. After some desperate searching we discovered a “skinny margarita” recipe that required only a few ingredients from the store – all things available even in the little market in the middle of Germany. I’m telling you, you can’t imagine how delicious this margarita is and you only need agave, lime, tequila, water and ice. That’s it.
In the years since we first made this recipe out of desperation we have tweaked it a bit to become our very favorite margarita ever. It is so fresh and flavorful that it’s hard to believe it is so low-calorie, too.
Skinniest Margarita Recipe
- juice of one lime
- 1 shot of tequila
- 1 shot of water
- 1 Tablespoon agave
Mix all ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Rim cup with salt if that’s how you roll. Serve over ice.
Makes 1 margarita.
With Cinco de Mayo just around the corner, we have you covered for a tasty party! Cheers!