Margarita Madness: 8 Favorites For Cinco de Mayo & Beyond

If you know Robert, you know he likes a stiff Margarita. So when Nightshade offered to send us their “ready-made” version he wasn’t too excited. And quite honestly, on their own it’s not for us. However, when you’re making Classic Margaritas and you need some sweet and sour mix, their Classic Lime flavor is highly recommended.  In fact, now that summertime is approaching and we’ve been craving margaritas on a more regular basis, it’s become our easy go-to.

The Cocktail Couple’s Nightshade Margarita

– 2 oz tequila
– 1/2 oz Nightshade Classic Lime
– 1 oz Grand Marnier
– Fresh Lime Juice
Pour all the ingredients into a shaker of ice and shake. Pour over ice in a glass with or without salt rim.

Nightshade retails for $19.99 and is available on ine at:

Here are some other fun recommendations: 

Jalisco Julep
Leave it to our favorite tequila guys to come up with a cool drink that not only is perfect for Cinco de Mayo, but also for the Kentucky Derby, and well, any other time George pops over. (Yes, we’re on a 1st name basis with the Clooney’s)

– 2 oz. Casamigos Añejo Tequila
– 25 oz. Simple syrup
– 8-10 Mint leaves
– Garnish with mint sprig

Add ingredients into julip glass or tumbler. Muddle mint. Add Casamigos. Fill glass with crushed ice. Add metal swizzle spoon / straw. Stir. Add more ice to give a cone shaped top. Garnish with mint sprig.

Imperial Margarita

– 1 pt.Mandarine Napoléon*
– 2 pts. 100% Agave Tequila
– 1 pt. Fresh Lime Juice
– .5 pt. Agave Nectar
Shake all ingredients and strain into a margarita glass or over fresh ice in a rocks glass. Garnish with a salt rim and lime wheel.

Mandarine Napoléon (SRP $37.50) is an exquisite, well-balanced blend of mandarins and refined 10-year-old aged cognac. Visit,

Strawberry Margarita
Our girl over at The Domestic Wildflower knows a thing or two about canning. We are always blown away with her abilities and hope to attempt her easy-to-understand directions one day. In the meantime, maybe you’ll let us know how it goes. Here’s a link to not only her delicious looking Strawberry Margarita recipe but also instructions on how to can your own strawberry syrup to really kick it up a notch and impress your friends!

Strawberry Limeade Margarita
If you need an easier version but equally amazing, check out Julie, one of our favorite blogger’s suggestion. Not only does she have a fabulous margarita recipe, but she offers lots of tips on how to throw a Cinco de Mayo party.

Blackberry, Cinnamon and Fig
Some people just make you envious with their drink making skills. Michelle from Giraffes Can Bake, would be at the top of that list (if we were keeping track). Not only are her drinks delicious looking, they are really original.
Find this recipe at:

Most Expensive Margarita in Town
If you don’t want to make your own margarita’s you can head over to Fleming’s for a $100 one. They are partnering with Tequila Herradura, an ultra-premium 100 percent agave tequila, and Baccarat, a world-renowned fine crystal manufacturer, to provide an elevated Cinco de Mayo celebration. From May 4-6, guests can toast the occasion by indulging in a one-of-a-kind $100 Margarita. Served in Baccarat’s uniquely designed Diamant Highball, guests will be invited to take home the glass in Baccarat’s iconic red box.

Bonefish Grill Perfect Patron Cucumber Margarita
We love that we can go to Bonefish Grill and get a great drink. We also love that they share their secret recipes. This one is definitely going to be added to our repertoire at home. Tequila and Elderflower are two of my favorite ingredients!
– 1.25 oz Tequila
– .25 St Germain Elderflower
– 1 oz Fresh Lime Simple Syrup
– 3 English Cucumbers 1″ wide

In a mixing glass, combine all ingredients with ice packed to the rim.  Shake with a martini shaker and then pour all ingredients into a rimmed margarita glass. 

Garnish: Our signature margarita rim for this cucumber flavored cocktail is black pepper & salt, but feel free to use just salt if you want to keep a traditional margarita rim.

A couple notes:

  • To make the rimmer, just combine equal parts salt and pepper, then rim.  To keep your sodium and caloric count lower, only use ½ or ¼ of the rim for garnish.
  • Fresh Lime Simple Syrup is simple 60% fresh squeezed lime juice to 40% pure cane syrup.  The balance of acidity from the lime and sweet from the sugar, is what will make your margarita taste deliciously balanced.
  • For a little added flavor, feel free to add fresh mint, basil or even cilantro to your margarita.

And for more ideas and a tiny history lesson, be sure to visit Cristine Struble’s suggestions

However you decide to drink your margaritas, remember, they are not just for Cinco de Mayo. Be like us and enjoy them year-round.



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