The Best Margarita Recipe? Here Are Our Top 7

It's "five o'clock somewhere," and a cold margarita is a fun way to enjoy tequila. 

There are so many ways to mix one, and who doesn't love a fiesta in a glass?

The best part of a margarita is that it'll take you to another place, where you forget your troubles.

Just ask Jimmy Buffett, who sang about "wastin' away again in Margaritavile." Some would argue the hit 1977 tune helped define his career as he paid tribute to the drink and his "lost salt shaker."

Whether you like your margarita recipe shaken on ice, or frozen, TheStreet compiled a list of the seven best margarita recipes with some help from Cooking Channel, Cooking Light Magazine, and some margarita recipe experts.

Pomegranate Margarita Recipe

Pomegranate Margarita Recipe
Pomegranates are only in season from September to February, so for some, it may be difficult to make this margarita recipe depending on the time of year.

It may not be for everyone since the berry is quite tart.  Regardless, this pomegranate margarita recipe is courtesy of celebrity chef, Tyler Florence.

INGREDIENTS:
1/4 cup pomegranate juice
1/3 cup Tequila Blanco (about 4 ounces)
1/8 cup Triple Sec
1/4 cup fresh lime juice (about 2 ounces)
Ice
Margarita salt, or sea salt

DIRECTIONS:

Combine all ingredients, except salt, in a blender and pulse until it becomes frothy and well-combined.

Rim glasses with lime juice using a lime wedge then dip in margarita salt.

Drop in some fresh pomegranate seeds in the bottom of the glass, if you have any.

Pour margarita mixture into the glass and serve.

Ruby Red Grapefruit Margarita Recipe

Ruby Red Grapefruit Margarita Recipe
Bam! This margarita recipe is courtesy of celebrity chef, Emeril Lagasse.  

It only takes five minutes to prepare, and makes six servings.

INGREDIENTS:
1 wedge ruby red grapefruit
1 cup ruby red grapefruit juice (freshly squeezed or from a carton)
6 ounces of tequila
1/3 cup ruby red vodka
1/4 cup simple syrup
1/4 freshly squeezed lime juice
4 cups of ice
2 thinly sliced ruby red grapefruit pieces cut into quarters, for garnish
Margarita salt, or kosher salt

DIRECTIONS:

Use the wedge of grapefruit to rub the rims of six margarita glasses with grapefruit juice.

Dip the rim of the glasses in the kosher salt to coat.

Set aside as you prepare the margaritas. 

Place the tequila, vodka, simple syrup, grapefruit juice, lime juice and ice in a bar blender and puree until smooth.

Divide the margarita between six glasses and garnish with the grapefruit quarters.

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Watermelon Margarita Recipe

Watermelon Margarita Recipe
If sweet tickles your taste buds more than tart flavors, this summer margarita recipe may be for you, and it's only 105 calories.

The recipe makes six servings, and is courtesy of Sue Spitler from Cooking Light magazine.

INGREDIENTS:
2 teaspoons of sugar
2 tablespoons of sugar
1 lime wedge
3 1/2 cups of cubed and seeded watermelon
1/2 cup tequila
3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 tablespoon of Triple Sec (orange flavored liqueur)
Lime wedges or watermelon balls (optional for garnish)

DIRECTIONS:

Place two teaspoons sugar in a saucer.

Rub the rims of six glasses with one lime wedge and spin the rim of each glass in sugar to coat. Set prepared glasses aside.

Combine the watermelon, tequila, two table spoons of sugar, lime juice and triple sec in a blender, and process until smooth.

Fill each prepared glass with 1/2 cup crushed ice.

Add 1/2 cup margarita to each glass.

Garnish with lime wedges or watermelon balls, if desired.

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Moonshine Margarita Recipe

Moonshine Margarita Recipe
The margarita recipe doesn't call for tequila since Moonshine is the star of the cocktail, and the high proof spirit is sure to give quite a kick.

This recipe is courtesy of Jim Marshall and The Cove Memphis and aired on the Cooking Channel show, Food(ography).  

Total prep time is about five minutes and and it yields one drink.
 
INGREDIENTS:
1 ounce lime juice
1/2 ounce orange juice
1 teaspoon granulated sugar
1 ounce moonshine
1 lime wedge
Ice
Margarita salt, or sea salt

DIRECTIONS:

In a cocktail shaker or bar glass, combine the lime juice, orange juice and sugar. 

Add the moonshine and fill the cocktail shaker with ice. 

Cover and shake well. 

Run the lime wedge around the rim of a chilled tumbler or cocktail glass and dip the rim in the salt. 

Strain the drink into the glass and serve. 

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Top Shelf Margarita Recipe

Top Shelf Margarita Recipe
This margarita recipe is for those who are in the mood for a margarita that's a cut above the ordinary.

It's courtesy of Mixthatdrink.com

INGREDIENTS:
2 ounces of any top shelf tequila of your choice
1 1/2 ounces lime juice (about 2 limes)
1 ounce Grand Marnier or Patron Citronge
1 1/2 cup ice cubes
Margarita salt, or kosher salt
1 lime slice 

DIRECTIONS:

Run a lime slice around the rim of a margarita glass and them press the rim into a saucer of kosher sauce to create the salt rim.

Put the ice in a cocktail shaker along with all of the other ingredients.

Shake until a frothiness forms on the outside of the shaker.

Strain the mixture into the glass, garnish with a lime wedge and serve.

Read Also: Best Tequila

Chocolate Margarita Recipe

Chocolate Margarita Recipe
If you're a chocolate lover, this is the ultimate indulgence, courtesy of mixologist Colleen Graham, author of "Holy Tequila!"

Citrus is added to compliment the chocolate's sweetness this chocolate margarita recipe. 

INGREDIENTS:
2 ounces of white/blanco tequila
1 ounce chocolate liqueur such as Godiva
1 ounce of cream or half and half
1 ounce orange juice
1 ounce of fresh lime juice
1 cup of ice
Sugar or cocoa powder for rimming the glass
Shaved chocolate for garnish (optional)

DIRECTIONS:

Rim a chilled margarita glass with a one-to-one ratio mixture of sugar and cocoa powder.

Mix the liquors, juices, into a blender with the ice.

Blend until smooth.

Pour into the prepared glass, and top with chocolate shavings.

Read Also: Best Tequila

Classic 3-2-1 Margarita Recipe

Classic 3-2-1 Margarita Recipe

If you're a plain Jane and you can do without the fruity flavors, chocolate, and bells and whistles, then a classic margarita recipe is more your speed.

The classic margarita recipe uses the traditional 3-2-1 ratio of three parts tequila, two parts good triple sec, and one part lime juice.

Serve it on the rocks with a salty rim, and there you have it.

INGREDIENTS:
1 1/2 ounces of silver/blanco, 100% agave tequila
1 ounce of triple sec orange liqueur, preferably Luxardo Triplum or Cointreau
1/2 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice (about 1 lime)
2 thin lime wedges (1 for garnish)
Kosher salt
Ice

DIRECTIONS:

Rub one lime wedge outside the rim of a four ounce cocktail glass, and dip the outside rim in the salt.

Fill the glass with ice and place in the freezer to chill.

Add the tequila, triple sec, and lime juice to a cocktail shaker and fill it halfway with ice.

Shake vigorously until the outside of the shaker turns frosty.

Strain the margarita into your chilled glass and garnish with the other lime slice.

Read Also: Best Tequila

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