It's very easy to get into a drink rut. You know that the Daiquiri is a great summer drink and it's likely that your personal Margarita recipe blows everyone away. Yet, sometimes even the trusted favorites get a little old and it's time for something new, fresh, and unique.
The Daiquiri and Margarita are the perfect cocktails to build on and play with. Both drinks are very basic and require just a few ingredients. We can use that sour rum or tequila base to inspire our drinks to new... heights.
This collection of cocktails is filled with fun and unusual recipes. Some are just a little different, adding a single ingredient or swapping in something that isn't typically found in the bar. Others get a little wild and are a lot of fun to share with (and impress) friends. Yet, you won't find anything too exotic and everyone can have fun mixing up these drinks.
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What You Need: reposado tequila, cucumber, key lime juice, mint, sugar, orange liqueur, Tabasco sauce
Suggested Tequila: Siembra Azul Reposado Tequila
Truly memorable margaritas - especially of the blended variety - often feature two contrasting flavors and this Spicy Cucumber Mint Margarita is a perfect example. In it, the cool, refreshing taste of cucumber and mint are offset by a healthy dose of hot sauce.
The cocktail's actually quite deceptive and if no one sees you toss in the Tabasco,... they'll have no idea what's inside. On the surface, it's just another green, boozy smoothie. Sure, it looks all sweet and innocent, but there's a surprise inside!
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What You Need: aged rum, lavender honey, blueberry shrub, sparkling water
Suggested Rum: Zacapa 23 Solera Rum
The Daiquir-ease is the perfect summer cocktail for those who love to make their own mixers. It includes two homemade ingredients that you're sure to have fun playing with in other drinks and they're easy enough for newbies to tackle.
The lavender honey and homemade blueberry shrub are a delicate combination and the aged rum is the ideal backdrop. Add a bit of sparkling water and a... great drink is waiting!
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What You Need: blanco tequila, absinthe, lime juice, agave nectar, tarragon salt
Suggested Tequila: Suerte Blanco Tequila
Did you expect to get a little absinthe in your margarita? It's definitely an unusual request, but it works. You'll just have to try it to find out for yourself. Some of the best things in life are unexpected and the Prankster Margarita is one of them.
Also, be sure that you do not skip the tarragon salt rim on this cocktail. While that is often an optional... embellishment, it's essential in this case. It is the glue that makes the tequila-absinthe combo work so well.
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What You Need: rum, elderflower syrup, cranberry juice, lime juice, tarragon
Suggested Rum: Mount Gay Rum
This is not just any ordinary cranberry-flavored daiquiri, it's something very special with a compound of interesting flavors. The real beauty of this Cranberry Daiquiri recipe is that it includes both elderflower and tarragon.
The contrast found in the drink is amazing and surprising and it's also very easy to mix up. You can even switch to St. Germain if that's easier for you than... elderflower syrup. Try serving this one at cookouts and other casual occasions this summer and see if your guests can figure out what's inside.Continue to 5 of 10 below.
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What You Need: reposado tequila, lime juice, lavender syrup
Suggested Tequila: Roca Patron Reposado Tequila
It is sweet, simple, and surprisingly delicious! This Trophy Margarita recipe is a lavender-flavored margarita that is just as easy as the original Margarita.
Three ingredients are required and the key to the recipe is a homemade lavender syrup which can be prepared in 15 minutes and ready in an hour or two. From there, it's as simple as shaking it with a great tequila and fresh lime.
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What You Need: blanco tequila, tomato juice, sour mix, red pepper puree, habanero hot sauce
Suggested Tequila: Cabo Wabo Blanco Tequila
Let's assume that you're in the mood for a Bloody Mary, but a shot of Sangrita sounds good, too. Then again, the sour taste of a fresh Margarita has some appeal at the moment. Well, if you find yourself in such a predicament and just can't decide, the Red Pepper Sangrita Margarita is here to save the day!
I can't help but think that this cocktail... has a personality complex. It really doesn't know what it wants to be, but that's okay. In the end, it's a very interesting and pretty tasty drink.
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What You Need: light rum, rhubarb juice, rosemary syrup, lemon juice
Suggested Rum: Flor de Caña 4 Year Old White Rum
Rhubarb does not make an appearance in many cocktails and that's a shame. It is not the easiest to juice, either, but drinks like this Rhubarb-Rosemary Daiquiri make every minute of effort worth it.
This recipe really is one of the most unusual cocktails you will find and the combination of rhubarb and rosemary is a pure delight. It's an adventure in flavor and the perfect... way to use up all that leftover rhubarb.
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What you need: light rum, maraschino liqueur, grapefruit and lime juices, simple syrup
Suggested Rum: Ron Matusalem Platino Rum
We have to include a classic cocktail that puts a twist on the Daiquiri. It shows that recipe innovations are nothing new and, quite frankly, it's one of the best daiquiris you'll find.
The Hemingway Daiquiri was created for the author himself. He was known to be a Daiquiri fan and it's said that he enjoyed his namesake drink as well. You'll fall for it too... and the cherry and grapefruit additions could not be easier to obtain.Continue to 9 of 10 below.
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You will need: tequila, Grand Marnier, Drambuie, lime juice
Suggested Tequila: Cazadores Blanco Tequila
You will want a very nice tequila for this very nice margarita recipe. The Highland Margarita is simple yet it's fascinating and it's the perfect recipe for fall and winter.
We typically wouldn't think to add a spirit like Drambuie with it' scotch, honey, and herbal blend into a sour drink. That's what makes it stand out and the result is remarkable. If you have Drambuie and... the standard Margarita ingredients, give it a try.
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You will need: reposado tequila, blood orange habanero puree, sour mix, mole negro
Suggested Tequila: Gran Centenario Reposado Tequila
This is the ultimate winter margarita recipe and it's guaranteed to warm you up. It can be rather spicy, so consider yourself warned.
The blood orange is a cold weather produce that is less acidic than oranges we're used to. It is the ideal companion for a habanero pepper as the two contrast each other perfectly. The recipe itself is simple to mix, just... make sure you clean up after playing with the peppers.