This Calls for a Margarita

Cinco de Mayo? Start of Summer? Staycation mode? End of a big hike? Whatever the occasion, a margarita's always a good idea.

What we love most about this Toad fave beverage is that you can start with the basics (tequila, lime, a little agave or triple sec for sweetness, and a glass with a salted rim) and get creative with pretty much any ingredient that you're in the mood for. There are truly no limits when it comes to this crowd-pleasing creation. Here are a few of our recent favorite twists on the classic.

Pineapple Margarita - Enter vacation mode with one sip, even from your own backyard. Start with ice and tequila, then splash in (quantities according to your preference for booziness versus sweetness) pineapple juice, orange juice, lime juice, and triple sec. Tastes great shaken or stirred. Garnish with lime wedge and a pineapple slice. Don't forget the sunscreen.

Limoncello Margarita - If you can't get enough citrus in your life, this one's for you. Start by rimming your glass with a mixture of lemon zest, sugar, and salt. For the marg, mix frozen limeade or lemonade concentrate, triple sec, tequila, limoncello, and a small splash of agave nectar. Shake it up over ice (we like crushed for this one), or blend for that extra summer mood. Close your eyes and suddenly you're vacationing in Italy. 

Jalapeño Basil Lime Margarita - Impress your guests with a little extra help from that quarantine herb garden you've been tending to this past year. First, muddle together basil and jalapeño (how spicy you want it is your prerogative), then add the tequila. If you planned ahead, infusing the tequila for 24 hours will get you best results. If you didn't, it's still going to be delicious, we promise. Strain and discard the big pieces of basil and jalapeño. Next, blend your infused tequila with triple sec, lime juice, a little bit of honey, and of course plenty of ice. 

Cucumber Margarita - Sometimes something simple is all you need. Muddle your cucumber and follow the same steps as above to infuse your tequila. Then, shake it up with simple syrup and lime juice. Garnish with a cucumber slice. Ahhh.

Mango Elderflower Margarita  - Sounds fancy but it's sneakily easy. We think this one's also best frozen, so keep it simple by starting with frozen mango. Blend with tequila, fresh lime juice, a couple of tablespoons of elderflower liquor, cold water, and ice. It's the perfect blend of sweet and sour. 

Virgin Margarita  - Some days you don't want or need the booze, and there's nothing wrong with that. But you shouldn't be deprived of the magical marg, so here's an easy mocktail version: Mix limeade, lemon flavored sparkling water, lime flavored sparkling water, orange juice, and ice. Don't forget the salted rim glass and lime to garnish. All of the taste and none of the hangover. Win, win. 

And because we think a collection of special cocktails is key for any aspiring host or hostess, here are 3 Toad original recipes (if you're craving coconut, aperol, or more spice, we've got all three). 

Bottoms up!