Who says margaritas have to be traditional? Take your margarita-making game to the next level with these Texas Margaritas!
As with all things Texas, this cocktail is bursting with big, bold flavors!
Texas margaritas (just one of our Unique Margarita Recipes) are refreshing with a kick and made with tequila as well as a raspberry liqueur and jalapeños.
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The full ingredients list and instructions are found in the printable recipe card at the end of this post. I highly recommend reading the blog post all the way through so that you don’t miss any tips or substitution suggestions and to ensure that you have all the ingredients and equipment required as well as understand the steps and timings involved.
This spicy twist on a classic margarita cocktail is sure to tantalize your taste buds!
Enjoy a Texas margarita or two for Cinco de Mayo, or with a Mexican or Tex-Mex meal. Or just because it’s always five o’clock somewhere and you need a drink!
Ingredients Used In This Cocktail
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- Fresh Produce – Limes, Jalapeños.
- Cranberry Juice
- Margarita Mix – you can buy this ready-made, but it’s very easy to make your own Homemade Sour Mix
- Raspberry Liqueur
This cocktail is shaken, but don’t worry if you don’t have a cocktail shaker, you could just use a container with a tight-fitting lid – like a mason jar or even the cup on a blender or smoothie maker.
How Do You Salt the Rim of a Margarita Glass?
Traditionally, margaritas are served in the eponymous margarita glass, a stepped-diameter variant of a cocktail glass or champagne coupe. The rim of the glass is often dipped in salt, however, as you can see we used champagne flutes in this recipe.
You don’t have to use the margarita-shaped glasses for this cocktail – use any glass you have! The method for adding salt to the rim of a glass is exactly the same!
- Pour some salt (kosher salt/sea salt flakes work well) onto a small plate or saucer.
- Cut a wedge of lime and then cut a notch/sit into the flesh – and run it around the rim of the glass to add juice to the insider and outside edges.
- Dip the glass rim into the salt and give it a twist or two.
- And you’re done!
You can actually buy cocktail rimming dishes online (there is a gadget for everything!) but a small plate or saucer will work just fine.
More Margaritas To Make
Want to make more margaritas? I think you’re going to love these ones:
Texas Margaritas Variations
I like to try and give variations on the cocktails shared on The Purple Pumpkin Blog, and especially turning the cocktail into a mocktail so that non-drinkers (and kids if suitable) can enjoy the drink too!
Virgin Texas Margarita Mocktail (non-alcoholic)
So that non-drinkers can enjoy an alcohol-free version of this cocktail, we are removing the alcohol and using a Raspberry Syrup to replace the raspberry liqueur, and use a non-alcoholic margarita mix.
You can add some extra lime juice or some lime syrup for the tequila, or try a non-alcoholic tequila:
- If you’re in the US, you could try Ritual Tequila Alternative – a zero-alcohol tequila
- In the UK you could try Mockingbird which is alcohol-free and humbly mimicking the taste of Tequila by using authentic Mexican Blue Weber Agave.
To make a Texas Margarita Mocktail, follow the recipe card, but replace the alcoholic elements with the ingredient alternatives suggested above.
I haven’t made the mocktail version, so I recommend adding the syrups to taste as they may add a sweetness that you may not necessarily get from alcoholic liqueurs.
Frozen Texas Margaritas
Want to turn this drink into a frozen slushie? Easy! Put all the ingredients in a blender with a generous amount of crushed ice – then blend till smooth. Serve with a straw, and watch out for brain freeze! You could do the same with the mocktail version too.
Texas Margarita Party Punch
Want to make these margaritas for a crowd? It’s so easy! Here’s how to do it!
As long as you use the same measuring container (glass, cup, jug, etc.,) for the “1 part”, the ratios will be correct and you can make as much as you need to.
Make sure you add plenty of ice to your serving receptacle of choice to keep the cocktail chilled. Provide bowls of jalapeño and lime slices for guests to garnish their glasses.
Speaking of which, place cocktail glasses in the bar/serving area along with a filled ice bucket, stirrers, and cocktail decorations if suitable!
To make a big batch of Texas Margarita Party Punch, mix together:
- 1 part Cranberry Juice
- 2½ parts Margarita Mix
- 2 parts Tequila
- ¼ part Fresh Lime Juice
- 1⁄2 part Raspberry Liqueur
- Add jalapeño slices to your taste
This cocktail recipe is intended for adults of the legal drinking age in your country of residence.
Please drink responsibly. Do not drink and drive.
How Do I Make Texas Margaritas?
Just check out the recipe card below with full ingredients and instructions. You can print the card out too (don’t worry, any pics don’t print to save your ink!).
- Salt for glass rim
- 1 oz Cranberry Juice
- 21⁄2 oz Margarita Mix
- 2 oz Tequila
- 1⁄4 oz Fresh Lime Juice
- 3-4 slices of Jalapeños
- 1⁄2 oz Raspberry Liqueur
- Lime slices, for garnish
- Add a salt rim to the glass by rubbing the edges with lime and dipping it into salt.
- Fill an 8 oz glass with ice and set it aside.
- Place the cranberry juice, margarita mix, Tequila, fresh lime juice, and jalapeño slices into a cocktail shaker and shake well to combine.
- Pour into the prepared glass.
- Top with the raspberry liquor and enjoy!
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 466Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 101520mgCarbohydrates: 83gFiber: 2gSugar: 80gProtein: 1g
This site uses Nutritionix to provide estimated nutrition. Nutritional information is always approximate and will depend on the quality of ingredients used and serving sizes. If you need exact calories and macros, please do your own calculations.
Make It A Meal!
The beverage is covered, but what about other dishes to make this recipe into a full meal? Here are my suggestions!
- Appetizer: Black Bean Salsa Cups Appetizer
- Main Dish: Pozole Rojo de Pollo (Red Pozole with Chicken)
- Side Dish: Mexican Chopped Salad with Creamy Avocado Dressing
- Dessert: Decadent Chocolate Walnut Brownies with Chocolate Frosting
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