Best Fresh Margarita Cocktails

If you love margaritas like I do, then you’ll love this list of our Best Fresh Margarita Cocktails. I have lots that I love; find one you love for National Margarita Day on February 22nd!

Several photos of a collection of best fresh Margarita cocktails.

Margaritas are my favorite cocktail. My first experience was not love at first sip; that didn’t happen until I ventured to craft a batch at home and it made all the difference in the world! So here are our Best Fresh Margarita Cocktails; I know you will love them too!

Margaritas seem to me to be the quintessential warm weather cocktail. It always amazes me that National Margarita Day is February 22. Whoever decided that? I mean really, who? Maybe the people who head to Mexico during blizzard weather? OK, I could get onboard with that.

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Before I start that movement to get this day allocated to a summer month, I thought the least I could do was share the Best Fresh Margaritas that I love. I’ve shared so many so when you see my push to make it a three day holiday you will get onboard with me, right?

I seriously believe I’ve got almost all fruits covered except blueberries. Why not a blueberry margarita? How can I consider this my all time list of the Best Fresh Margarita Cocktails and not include one of my favorite fruits? It might be the color; not sure about a blue margarita but still…time to get on that!

Not sure actually how that happened so I’ll add that to my summer calendar, something new to look forward to…and honestly I might have to make it today. Now that it’s on my mind and all. And drink it today too. 🙂

Have a margarita you love that’s not on my list? Yay, give me some ideas in the comments section!

In the meantime let me share the ones I love, always starting with what I consider the The BEST Fresh Margarita. It takes a bit of time to reach that perfection as this recipe includes steeping a mixture of lemon, lime, and orange juices (yes, not JUST lime juice!) with lemon, lime, and orange zest, and sugar for a couple of hours before finishing the cocktail. Trust me, it IS worth it. Not in the mood? OK, go for the quick and dirty version, but eventually you have to try the full recipe; it is amazing!

The BEST Fresh Margarita

This is my all time favorite of the whole list of Best Fresh Margarita Cocktails; actually this is the margarita that changed margaritas for me. I hated them before I made my own and it’s as simple as one word. Reposado. Reposado is an aged tequila; and that aging makes all the difference. Not expensive, not top shelf, just the perfect cocktail mixer.

Oops make that two. Reposado and Orange Liqueur. The same holds true here; forget a cheap bottle of sugar water with artificial flavor called Triple Sec and find one that actually includes the essence of real oranges. Pricey Grand Marnier? Not necessary; I use Gran Gala Orange Liqueur from Italy. Great taste and at a very reasonable price.

I credit Cooks Illustrated Magazine for my margarita education. But that education really can hold true for every cocktail. Use good ingredients and fresh fruit and the difference will be remarkable. Don’t you DARE buy that premix stuff ever again…you will not be sorry!

The Best Fresh Margarita on A Serving Tray with Lime Wedges

Fresh Blackberry Margarita
This is a great combination of flavors; the tart fruit makes it a bit less sweet and the color is out of this world beautiful. I like pretty drinks, don’t you?

Fresh Blackberry Margarita Cocktails on a Tray

Prickly Pear Margarita
A long time pal has prickly pears on her property in Arizona; she sent some to me and the rest is history. I had heard Prickly Pear juice tasted like bubblegum and I get that might not be on your list to try but don’t let it stop you…this was absolutely amazing!

I was not prepared for how much we loved this drink; absolutely one of my favorite in the Best Margaritas list! It’s the only one of my Best Fresh Margarita Cocktails where I’ll have a caveat. I used a bottle of Prickly Pear juice…read my post for how the real deal was both a pain and did not work out!

Prickly Pear Margaritas Garnished with Lime Wedge

Fresh Pineapple Margarita
Honestly this cocktail came about when I was at the market and looking for something I had yet to use in a margarita. Pineapple?!! Sure, and it’s delicious too!

Fresh Pineapple Margarita Cocktail Served in a lowball glass with a wedge of pineapple for garnish.

Blackberry Serrano Margarita
Using any kind of hot pepper really adds a nice dimension to a margarita. Not too much mind you, we don’t want fire, just a bit of heat.

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Casamigos Tequila Margarita
Made with Casamigos Tequila which was originally devised by George Clooney and pals. But don’t let that fool you…this is a truly quality product and the simplest of margaritas.

Casamigos Tequila Margarita

Strawberry and Basil Margarita
I discovered this combination at a tequila tasting…and have loved it ever since. It’s the best reason to grow fresh basil in the summer!

2- Favorite Margaritas - Strawberry Basil Margarita from

Blood Orange Margarita
I made this exceptional cocktail last year with no regrets. This is not just a pretty face; it is truly an outstanding cocktail.

Blood Orange Margarita Cocktail

Tequila Sunrise Margarita
It’s definitely unique; a fun combination of two cocktails and the result is both beautiful and delicious!

Tequila Sunrise Margarita with an Orange Section for Garnish

Raspberry Margarita Slushie
Meant to be a popsicle; when I added too much tequila for it to freeze, I had to compromise…and a slushy it is!

Raspberry Margarita Slush

Cranberry Sage Margarita
Unique and delicious and the perfect holiday cocktail.

Cranberry Sage Cocktail

Strawberry Margarita
I think right after the classic margarita in popularity must be the Strawberry Margarita. I do recall when I couldn’t stand those first forays into margarita drinking years ago but I could handle sipping a strawberry one. Still a favorite.

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Margarita Watermelon
No, you read that right. This is not a watermelon margarita but watermelon infused with the flavors of margarita. This is for summer only when watermelons are at their best; it’s so delish!

20 Favorite Margarita Cocktails - Margarita Watermelon Slices and Lime in a Margarita Glass

I do think I could make this list a mile long…we have even more!

Honestly not to beat a dead horse but how on earth did I miss those blueberries?

If you enjoy Mexican foods with your margaritas…I’ve got those too! Here are a couple of my favorites!

The Best Guacamole
OK, obviously not a margarita but you have to serve them with something right? Forget all the extravagant concoctions you might have seen; make your guacamole simple and let the avocado shine; put all the extras on the side. It’s truly the best!


Refried Bean and Beef Nachos
Also try making your own refried beans for this dish; the link to do that is in the post…nothing beats them!

Plate of Refried Bean and Beef Nachos with Lime Wedges

Chile Relleno Casserole
My favorite Mexican dish served in a casserole that makes it easy for a crowd. I first had this at a Super Bowl not long after moving to Colorado…it was the beginning of my love for spicy peppers after a lifetime of avoiding the green bell variety!

Chile Relleno Casserole served on a white plate with a dollop of sour cream on top.

I hope you can find something among all of these cocktails and foods that suit you…I’m thinking for me, I’m ready for the first one again and ALL the food, how about you?

PIN IT! ‘Best Margarita Cocktails’

A compilation of the Best Fresh Margaritas, highlighting the original one, a prickly pear one, a raspberry one, and a pineapple one.

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