Cheers! Mark Cinco de Mayo With Mixologist-Approved Margarita Recipes

Who’s ready to celebrate Cinco de Mayo? The annual holiday, which is meant to commemorate the Mexican army’s victory over the French empire at the Battle of Puebla in 1862, falls on Sunday, May 5, and is typically observed in America with some tasty food and drinks, especially margaritas.

First crafted in Acapulco, Mexico, by Dallas socialite Margarita Sames in 1948 when she mixed her two favorite spirits – Cointreau, an orange-flavored triple sec liqueur, and tequila – together with fresh lime juice, the beloved libation is now the number one-selling cocktail in America. “It’s the most versatile cocktail, and is my personal favorite to craft recipes for simply because it goes with everything and people always love it!” master mixologist Dominic Alling tells Us Weekly.

With that in mind, Us has rounded up some tasty margarita recipes worth a try this year. Each of the cocktails consists of the three main margarita ingredients – Cointreau, tequila and lime juice – but they also boast a bevy of healthy yet flavorful twists that easily elevate the classic drink. In other words, there are store-bought mixes or sugary syrups used here.

“The new seasonal margarita recipes from Cointreau infuse some of the current ingredient trends and showcase the cocktail’s ability to blend well with any garnish infusion,” Alling explains. “I especially recommend the Orange Celery Margarita, it takes the trend of celery juice and elevates it in an unexpected and tasteful way.”

Elsewhere, the Garden Basil Margarita features the aforementioned three staples of the drink and adds sparkling apple cider and fresh basil leaves in order to give the libation a slightly sweet, refreshing flavor profile. For something a tad more tart the Ginger Margarita adds ginger beer and a dash of aromatic bitters.

Looking to take your own Cinco de Mayo celebration to the next level without all those empty calories? Scroll down for some additional new margarita recipes from Cointreau.

The Garden Basil Margarita

Makes 1 drink

INGREDIENTS:
• 1 oz Cointreau
• 1 oz blanco tequila
• 1 oz fresh lime juice
• 1 oz sparkling apple cider
• 3 basil leaves

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Pour Cointreau, blanco tequila and lime juice into cocktail shaker.
2. Shake all ingredients and strain over over a large ice cube.
3. Finish with sparkling apple cider and garnish with basil.

Credit: Cointreau

The Ginger Margarita

Makes 1 drink

INGREDIENTS:
• 1 oz Cointreau
• 2 oz blanco tequila
• 0.75 oz fresh lime juice
• 2 oz ginger beer
• Lime wedge, for garnish
• Dash of aromatic bitters, for garnish

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Pour Cointreau, blanco tequila, and lime juice in cocktail shaker.
2. Add ice and shake. Strain over a large ice cube.
3. Top with ginger beer and garnish with a lime wedge and aromatic bitters.

Credit: Cointreau

The Raspberry Thyme Margarita

Makes 1 drink

INGREDIENTS:
• 1 oz Cointreau
• 1.5 oz blanco tequila
• 0.75 oz fresh lemon juice
• 3 raspberries
• 2 thyme sprigs

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Combine Cointreau, blanco tequila, lemon juice, raspberries and thyme in a cocktail shaker.
2. Shake all ingredients and strain over ice in a rocks glass.
3. Garnish with raspberries and thyme sprig.

Credit: Cointreau

The Coconut Ginger Margarita

Makes 1 drink

INGREDIENTS:
• 1 oz Cointreau
• 1 oz blanco tequila
• 1 oz fresh lime juice
• 1 oz coconut water
• 5-7 sliced ginger coins
• Lime peel or candied ginger, for garnish

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Combine Cointreau, blanco tequila, lime juice, coconut water and ginger coins in a cocktail shaker.
2. Shake all ingredients and strain over ice in a rocks glass.
3. Garnish with lime peel or piece of candied ginger.

Credit: Cointreau

The Orange Celery Margarita

Makes 1 drink

INGREDIENTS:
• 1 oz Cointreau
• 2 oz blanco tequila
• 0.5 oz fresh lime juice
• 1 oz celery juice
• 0.5 oz fresh orange juice
• Orange wheel, for garnish

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Combine Cointreau, blanco tequila, lime juice, celery juice and orange juice in a cocktail shaker.
2. Shake all ingredients and strain over ice in a rocks glass.
3. Garnish with an orange wheel.

Credit: Cointreau

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