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Texas Margarita

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This Texas Margarita is so refreshing and delicious, making it perfect for Cinco De Mayo.

Texas Margarita in a rimmed glass, garnished with jalapenos and lime.

The combination of tequila and cranberry is just the right amount of tartness that pairs so well with salt on the rim of the glass.

If you are looking for another adult cocktail to serve at your potlucks and parties for Cinco De Mayo, then I recommend this tangy and spicy drink. Plus, you could also whip up a batch of these Classic Frozen Margaritas for those that don’t like spice!

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What Makes This a Texas Margarita

A traditional margarita has lime as the main citrus flavor, but a Texas margarita typically has orange juice as the main citrus flavor.

However, this Texas margarita recipe is a little different and has cranberry juice as the main citrus flavor. It also has sliced jalapenos in it, to give it that spicy kick you’d expect from Texas cuisine.

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❤️ Why You’ll Love This Recipe

This delicious cocktail recipe is a spicy twist on a classic drink that even your guests will rave about it!

  • This drink only takes 5 minutes to make so your guests won’t have to wait long for their cocktail.
  • It’s always a hit at parties because people want to prove they can handle this spicy drink.
  • A cocktail lover will enjoy this margarita since it has unique flavors in it.

If you are a fan of margaritas then you may also want to make this Strawberry Margarita Poke Cake for your party or cookout.

🥘 Ingredients

You will need a few simple ingredients that you can pick up at your local grocery store or liquor store while you are gathering the other supplies for your get-together.

  • Cranberry juice: The cranberry juice adds a refreshing, yet fruity flavor, to your drink.
  • Margarita mix: Pick up a bottle of your favorite margarita mix at your local supermarket.
  • Tequila: Use a bottle of your favorite tequila brand to make these drinks. I like to use a high quality tequila.
  • Raspberry liqueur: This is a sweet, fruity liqueur made from raspberries that adds a unique and flavorful twist to cocktails.

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🔀 Substitutions

Liqueur:  Instead of using raspberry liqueur you could switch it out for orange liqueur or even strawberry if you prefer. 

Vodka: Switch the tequila out for vodka, triple sec, or rum if you want to change things up.

🌈 Variations / Options / Add-Ins

Do you want to personalize this Texas cocktail recipe? Here are a few ways that you can change it up.

Mild: If you are not a fan of spice, you can leave the jalapenos out of this drink.

Orange: Switch out the cranberry juice for orange juice if you want a a citrus twist to this recipe.

If you want to try a different citrus version of a margarita, try this Strawberry Lemonade Margarita.

🥄 Equipment Needed / Helpful Tools

You only need a couple bar tools to help you make this refreshing beverage. Gather these tools and get ready to enjoy this tasty drink.

🔪 How to Make This Texas Margarita

Making this delicious and spicy margarita is so simple. Just follow the step-by-step instructions and you will have a delicious cocktail in no time at all.

Step 1: Coat the rim of the glass

Run a lime wedge around the edge of your margarita glass, and then dip the rim into the salt.

Step 2: Add ice to your glass

Add the ice to your glass and set the glass aside.

Step 3: Add ingredients to a cocktail shaker

Pour all the ingredients, except the raspberry liqueur, into a cocktail shaker. Shake until well combined.

Step 4: Finish the drink and serve

Pour into the rimmed glass. Add the raspberry liqueur and then garnish with additional jalapenos, if desired, before serving.

Texas Margarita in a rimmed glass, garnished with jalapenos and lime.

🍽️ Serving Suggestions

I love to serve this margarita with our favorite Mexican appetizers like this Pineapple Salsa and Homemade Tortilla Chips.

Texas Margarita in a rimmed glass, garnished with jalapenos and lime.

👩‍🍳 Pro Tips

  • If you don’t like a salt rim on your glass, you could use a lime zest and sugar mixture instead.
  • To help reduce the little kick of heat, you can seed the jalapenos first, if desired. 
  • You can garnish this glass with a slice of jalapeno, orange slice, or a lime wedge. 
  • Fresh lime juice really works best, but you can use bottled juice in a pinch.  
  • A coarse salt works best for rimming your glass if you don’t have margarita salt on hand.

❓ Recipe FAQs

How to store

This drink is best enjoyed freshly made. I don’t recommend storing it for later. So, make them as needed.

What is the national drink of Texas?

A margarita, of course!

What is a margarita without ice called?

A cocktail without the ice is called “straight up.”

🙏 Pairing

These are my favorite dishes to serve with this Texas Margarita:

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📋 Recipe

Texas Margarita

Corinne Schmitt
This Texas Margarita is the perfect blend of sweet, tangy and spicy. It's the best cocktail to make for Cinco De Mayo.
5 from 19 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Beverages
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 1 Cocktail
Calories 252 kcal

Equipment

  • cocktail shaker
  • Margarita glasses

Ingredients
  

  • 1 ounce cranberry juice
  • 2 ½ ounces margarita mix
  • 2 ounces tequila
  • ½ ounce raspberry liqueur
  • ¼ ounce lime juice
  • Jalapeños sliced
  • Salt for glass rim

Instructions
 

  • Run a lime wedge around the edge of your margarita class, and then dip the rim into the salt.
  • Add the ice to your glass and set the glass aside.
  • Pour all the ingredients except the raspberry liqueur into a cocktail shaker.
  • Shake until well combined.
  • Pour into the rimmed glass.
  • Add the raspberry liqueur and then serve and enjoy.

Notes

    • If you don’t like a salt rim on your glass, you could use a lime zest and sugar mixture instead.
    • To help reduce the heat you can seed the jalapenos first, if desired.
    • You can garnish this glass with a slice of jalapeno, or a lime wedge.

Nutrition

Serving: 1ServingCalories: 252kcalCarbohydrates: 24gProtein: 0.1gFat: 0.1gSaturated Fat: 0.02gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.03gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.01gSodium: 53mgPotassium: 36mgFiber: 0.1gSugar: 23gVitamin A: 16IUVitamin C: 5mgCalcium: 3mgIron: 0.1mg
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