My 3 Favorite Margarita Recipes You Need This Summer

From taco nights to burgers, margaritas are a fun summer cocktail that travel well and are easy to make in portable batches!

Summer is going to be here before you know it.  And Memorial Day weekend, will mark the start of summer.  I cannot wait for the long days ahead.  This means eating outdoors, sunsets, and lounging around the pool, beach or lake!  What else goes better with the sunny days ahead than a margarita?  I'm a fan of batch anything to make time off more fun or an impromptu al fresco dinner easy!  

3 Margarita Recipes You Need This Summer

My friend Susan is a big believer in sticking to something once you have the right formula.  When we were younger and first married, her go to meal for entertaining was a pork tenderloin, swiss grits and a salad.  It was a great meal and still is.  She mastered that and didn't stray from it for a while.  We have all expanded our horizons since then, but I still love and remember having that meal many times in her home!  I'm the same about margaritas.  I've had three recipes that have been on rotation for years now, and they have become my go to cocktails.

I have three margarita recipes that are a hit no matter what and are so easy to pull off.  If you are looking for batch cocktails to have on hand, I have you covered!  
  1. Cherry Jargaritas - This is a slushy, fruity margarita that you make and freeze in mason jars to serve!
  2. Rio Grand Limeade - This is more your traditional lime margarita.  You can make these by the pitcher and serve over ice.
  3. Freezer Door Margaritas - This is a margarita that you make right in your bottle of tequila and keep in the freezer ready to go.
So, let's get into it!

Make these ahead and freeze in jars to hand out and serve to guests or yourself!

Cherry Jargaritas

These have become a tailgate staple for us.  They have this maroon color that is just right for our home team!  But, its the fruity flavor that is the winner here.  You start with a can of frozen limeade.  Add water, tart cherry juice, tequila, triple sec and a splash of fresh lime juice.  

I lost this recipe after the website was down, and I couldn't find my copy of the recipe.  However, there is this cool site called the Way Back Machine.  It is an Internet Archive.  I was able to locate the original post and recipe that was on the Sugar Crafter's website and blog over 10 year ago!  Here is the recipe from the original post.

Since you make these in a jar and freeze ahead of time, these are perfect for the 4th of July or any gathering where people can grab and go.  Plus, I just love anything in a mason jar.  

Rio Grand Limeade

Rio Grand Limeade is a recipe that I found in Southern Living years ago.  This is another super simple recipe that you just mix up and forget it.  It also starts with cans of limeade.  Add in some fresh lime juice, tequila, water and triple sec.  Just serve over ice.  

These go quick so make a double batch.  Traditionally speaking these are the ones I love the most.

Make your margaritas right in the bottle and freeze to have ready to go!

Freezer Door Margaritas

This recipe is the simplest of all three recipes and has less sugar.  You make this right in your tequila bottle.  The key to this margarita is a good tequila.  So, get a good quality brand you like.  
  • Start with a bottle of tequila.
  • Pour off 10 ounces.  I save the remainder in a mason jar for later.
  • Add back to your tequila bottle - 4 ounces of orange liquor (I use Cointreau); 5 ounces of fresh squeezed lime juice, 1 ounce of agave and a pinch of salt.
  • Shake and store in the freezer until you serve.
I like to serve these over giant ice cubes.  It won't melt the ice so fast and keeps your drink really cold.  

I made a variation of this drink using huckleberry liquor that I bought in Montana a few years ago.  You can see me make this drink in the YouTube Video below.

As you start the summer season, make the margarita your signature drink of the season.  Here are three options to shake it up all summer long.  You're welcome and happy summer...just a little early!  After all, it is never too early to get in the spirit of a long lazy summer!

Until next time...happy camping!

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