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4 ‘Tiktok Famous’ Margarita Recipes For Cinco De Mayo

4 'Tiktok Famous' Margarita Recipes For Cinco De Mayo

If someone says “let’s order a margarita flight” when you walk into a bar, you should actually do it. It’s not a law, but don’t be an asshole. Margaritas are generally great and an entire flight translates to “let’s have a good time, now!” (should you bother) to make margarita flights home? That’s an entirely different question.)

But to test these recipes, that’s essentially what I did – take a flight. I whipped up four margaritas I’ve seen breaking on Tiktok and Instagram — strawberry basil margarita, a ghost pepper mango margarita, a passionfruit margarita, and a classic margarita — and compared their merits. These are all shakers, so let’s shake!

Also read: The top five cocktail recipes of the past six months

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Margarita 1 — Strawberry basil

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Ingredients:

  • 2 fresh strawberries, quartered
  • 2 fresh basil leaves
  • 1.5 oz. reposado tequila (plus a splash from the bottle)
  • 0.75 oz. fresh lime juice
  • 0.5 oz. orange liqueur
  • 0.5 oz. Cherry liquer
  • 0.25 oz. simple syrup
  • Ice
  • Basil (for garnish)

The ingredients for this one are pretty easy to find. I recommend a classic Genovese basil as it has the widest leaves for the mess. Basil in a smaller form – such as Thai or Greek – gets really bitter if you mix them up too much, as they are more concentrated.

Before we go any further, I use for all these recipes Don Julio Reposado† I love this stuff for everything from a Ranch Water to shots to Palomas to classic margaritas.

What you need:

  • rock glass
  • cocktail shaker
  • cocktail strainer
  • juicer
  • fine sieve
  • torque knife
  • jigger
  • muddler
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Method:

  • Fill the rocks glass with ice.
  • Add the strawberries, basil, fresh lime juice and simple syrup to a cocktail shaker and use the muddler to puree the basil and strawberry to create a juicy base.
  • Add the tequila, orange liqueur, and cherry liqueur to the shaker with a handful of ice. Attach the lid and shake vigorously until the shaker is ice cold and frozen.
  • Strain with a fine-mesh sieve into the waiting glass, making sure all basil and strawberry flesh has been removed.
  • Garnish with fresh basil.

Margarita 2 — Mango Ghost Pepper

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Ingredients:

  • 1.5 oz. reposado tequila (plus a splash from the bottle)
  • 1 ounce. mango puree
  • 0.5 oz. fresh lime juice
  • 0.5 oz. orange liqueur
  • 4 dashes ghost pepper chili sauce
  • Mango slice (for garnish)
  • Ice

Mango puree may be a little harder to find. This is a type of juice that you should be able to get at any real liquor store. although some of these sugar is added, you really need the “mash” to add the right silky texture to these types of drinks. The best stuff – and what good bars use – usually come in bags like this one

As for the ghost pepper chili sauce, I just grabbed what was in my fridge (pictured below). I like this spicier so I didn’t go short with my sauce in the cocktail. Choose your own balance as you practice making it.

What you need:

  • rock glass
  • cocktail shaker
  • cocktail strainer
  • juicer
  • sieve
  • torque knife
  • jigger
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Method:

  • Fill the glass with ice.
  • Add the tequila, mango puree, orange liqueur, chili sauce, and lime juice to a shaker.
  • Top up with ice, put the lid on and shake until the shaker is frozen.
  • Strain into a waiting rock glass and garnish with a mango wedge.

Margarita 3 — Passion Fruit

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Zach Johnston

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 oz. reposado tequila (plus a splash from the bottle)
  • 1 ounce. passion fruit puree
  • 0.5 oz. fresh lime juice
  • 0.5 oz. orange liqueur
  • Granadilla seeds from half of the fruit
  • Granadilla slice (for garnish)
  • Ice

The same goes for the passion fruit puree as the mango puree above. You can also find it on Amazon in no time.

As for the granadilla, it’s a type of sweet passion fruit that works better as a garnish because it matches the color of the cocktail better. The seeds also give a nice visual touch to the whole. If you can’t find them, regular passion fruit will work just fine.

What you need:

  • rock glass
  • cocktail shaker
  • cocktail strainer
  • juicer
  • sieve
  • torque knife
  • jigger
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Zach Johnston

Method:

  • Fill the glass with ice.
  • Add the tequila, passion fruit puree, orange liqueur, lime juice and seeds of half a granadilla to a shaker.
  • Top up with ice, put the lid on and shake until the shaker is frozen.
  • Strain into a waiting rock glass with a wide-mouth strainer (allowing for the seeds to pass through) and garnish with half a slice of granadilla

Ultimately, the mango ghost pepper marg was my favorite. I love the silky smoothness of the mango and that sweet/spicy/almost woody edge. Then I’d probably go for the classic margin with the strawberry basil and passion fruit coming in third.

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As for making this all in one go, well: do you have a good bar setup? Knowing that is the only way I can answer that question. It’s a lot of work to organize your space to make many drinks at once. It was fine and it took me maybe five minutes from top to bottom, but I’ve also worked in hardcore cocktail bars.

Plus, I have the equipment (good shakers, strainers, juicers, etc.) to make four cocktails at once. You can do this 100 percent with old jars with lids, as I mentioned above, but you need to make sure you work quickly to keep the reliability of any cocktail high before the ice breaks.

But if you make sure you’re getting quality ingredients, have enough grit to shake four cocktails at once, and can do it all pretty quickly before the ice starts to melt, be sure to make these at home. Experiment with a million flavor combinations. Lots of fun. Or, maybe, just grab a flight the next time you head to your favorite Tex-Mex or Oaxaca joint and save each of these margaritas for when you want one at home. That’s the easier choice, to be sure!