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Margarita Party

Stephen Brown

It’s a Margarita Party!

With margaritas ranking as the U.S.'s number one cocktail, show we're showing that the Sunshine State knows how to throw it down. Shake it up with a Florida twist with these recipes.


Fresh From Florida

Time to get into the Cinco de Mayo spirit with the classic slushy, tequila-laden sip with a Florida twist. Chef Timineri offers up a slew of margarita recipes that are sure to keep the party abuzz. Tequila!


 Watermelon Margarita - Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services - Chef Justin Timineri

Watermelon Margarita

Yields 4 servings

  • 2 tsp. natural sugar (for rim of glasses)
  • 2 fresh limes, cut in halves
  • 4 cups watermelon, seeded and cut in 2-inch chunks
  • 2 tbsp. natural sugar
  • 1 oz. freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 4 oz. tequila (go with 6 oz. for a stronger batch)
  • 2 oz. orange-flavored liqueur (Cointreau or Grand Marnier)
  • lime wedges for garnish
  • watermelon balls, for garnish

Place 2 teaspoons sugar in a small dish. Rub rim of margarita glasses with 1 cut half of lime, and then roll glasses in sugar to coat. Place prepared glasses in the freezer until ready to serve drinks. Combine juice of limes, watermelon, 2 tablespoons sugar, tequila and orange-flavored liqueur in a blender and process until smooth. Fill blender with ice cubes and process until mixture is a slush consistency. Fill prepared glasses with margaritas; garnish each glass with lime wedge and watermelon balls on a skewer and serve immediately.



Passion Fruit and Orange Margarita

Yields 4 servings

  • 4 oz. passion fruit juice
  • 6 oz. tequila
  • 2 oz. orange liqueur (Cointreau or Grand Marnier)
  • 2 oz. freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1 oz. freshly squeezed lime juiceStrawberry Margarita
  • ½ tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp. fresh-cracked sea salt

Prepare the glass by running a lime wedge around the rim. Invert margarita glass, and twist rim in salt. Fill cocktail shaker with ice. Pour passion fruit juice, tequila, orange liquor, orange and lime juices and vanilla extract in cocktail shaker. Shake the mix vigorously, 50 times or more. Pour into glass; serve chilled.



Strawberry Margarita

Yields 4 servings

  • 6 oz. tequila
  • 2 oz. orange liqueur (Cointreau or Grand Marnier)
  • 8 oz. fresh strawberries
  • 4 oz. frozen limeade concentrate
  • 6 cups ice
  • 2 tbsp. fresh-cracked sea salt

Place ice in a blender and crush for 15-20 seconds. Add strawberries, tequila, orange liquor and limeade. Blend until smooth. Moisten rim of margarita glass with lime juice. Holding glass upside down, dip rim into salt. Pour the blend into the glass and serve.


*Recipe and images courtesy of Chef Justin Timineri and the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.


Nothing says tropical paradise quite like a frozen maragrita on sandy beach. And in the heart of the Mayan Riviera, nothing quite says luxury like The Ritz-Carlton, Cancún. Here, the luxe resort and Chef Rory Dunaway shares their recipe for a seaside sip not to be missed, margaritas!



  margarita recipe from The Ritz-Carlton, Cancun Serves 4

   Preparation Time: 5 minutes

  • 1 cup tequila, reposado
  • ¼ cup orange liqueur, controy (Cointreau)
  • 1 cup water
  • ½ cup fresh lime juice
  • 1 tbsp. lime zest, finely grated
  • 2/3 cup sugar


  • ¼ cup coarse sea salt
  • 1 each lime wedge

Mix all ingredients in a blender with ice except items used for garnish; blend until smooth. Spread salt on a small dish. Rub the rim of four glasses with the cut side of a lime wedge and dip each glass rim in the salt, shake off excess. Add margarita mixture to glass, decorate with lime wedge and serve.


Recipe courtesy of:

The Ritz-Carlton, Cancún


Straight from the Downtown at the Gardens' tequila headquarters, Cabo Flats offers up a margarita with a watermelon twist.


El Capone Margarita


  • 2 oz. Sauza Blanco
  • ¾ oz. DeKuyper Sour Watermelon Pucker Liqueur
  • 1¼ oz. fresh watermelon puree
  • ¾ oz. fresh lime juice


Combine ingredients over ice in a shaker. Shake for 20 seconds and serve up or on the rocks.


Recipe and image courtesy of:

Cabo Flats


Tools of the Trade

Become a master mixologist, or at least look like one, with the tools that make the trade.

Your Weekend Cocktails - Tools to Make a Pro - Williams-Sonoma


  • Muddler: This little tenderizing stick is a godsend and a must for any home bar. If fruity cocktails are in your future, the muddler is the only way to unlock fruits’ flavor.
  • Handheld Citrus Juicer: Nothing beats freshly squeezed juice, but it can be a pain. Invest in a handheld citrus juicer; they are cheap and do the trick tout de suite.
  • Cocktail Shaker: Don’t be a chump stirring your martini like a noob; purchase a nice shaker and become a master home barkeep.
  • Jigger: This little apparati will make mixing the perfect drink as easy as pie. It's equipped with 1½ oz. and 1 oz. cups for perfectly measured pours every time.

*Pictured available at Williams-Sonoma

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