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Best Margaritas for a Parrothead Cinco de Mayo

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Margaritas aren't just associated with Mexico because of the agave tequila that they're made with, the drink was invented there. In the early 1900s, the classic lime, salt and tequila drink was first created. Soon after, it moved outside Mexico's border to become one of the most popular and best tasting drinks all around the world. 

This Cinco de Mayo, while everyone is celebrating Mexican culture and heritage, take the time to make one of these three delicious margaritas. 

1. The Bare Bones Classic Margarita 
While we may never know exactly how the first margarita tasted, we do know that some of the best margaritas are the ones made with no frills and just the basic ingredients. Here's what you'll need to make yours at home: 

  • 6 ounces or 4 shots tequila
  • 4.5 ounces fresh squeezed lime juice 
  • 1.5 ounces triple sec 
  • 2 tablespoons sugar 
  • Ice 
  • Limes
  • Salt
  • Your Margarita Maker.

Fill your frozen concoction maker's ice reservoir then add the tequila, triple sec, sugar and juice to the blender jar. Flip the switch and watch as your party machine blends the perfect margarita. Serve in a classic margarita glass that you've rimmed with salt. Garnish with a lime, then take a sip and enjoy this simple, traditional Mexican beverage for Cinco de Mayo.  

Make a tasty margarita for Cinco de Mayo. Make a tasty margarita for Cinco de Mayo.

2. Spicy Margarita
​Many authentic Mexican dishes have at least a hint of spiciness. Try to replicate that flavor with your very own spicy margarita. Here's what you'll need: 

  • 4.5 ounces tequila 
  • 1.5 ounces triple sec 
  • 3 ounces fresh-squeezed lime juice 
  • 1.5 ounces agave nectar
  • 1 pinch chili powder
  • 1/2 sliced jalapeno  
  • 1 dash of red pepper flakes
  • Cayenne salt
  • Ice. 

"Replicate the spice of Mexican food with a peppery margarita."

Slice the jalapeno and juice the limes. Add these to your party machine's blender jar with the tequila, triple sec, agave nectar, chili powder and red pepper flakes, then fill up the ice hopper. While your margarita machine blends a smooth drink, rim your glasses with spicy cayenne salt. This cocktail is delicious, cold and spicy - a perfect Cinco de Mayo treat. 

3. Sweet and Tart Berry Margarita 
Switch up the taste - and color - of your margaritas this Cinco de Mayo with this tasty berry twist. Make this cocktail in your frozen concoction maker just like you're blending the Bare Bones Classic Margarita but add a splash of blackberry brandy along with fresh or frozen strawberries, blackberries and raspberries. Save a few extra for garnishes as well.

Your fellow Parrotheads at Margaritaville® Cargo remind you to enjoy your frozen concoctions responsibly and obey all drinking laws.