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3 Margarita Recipes You’ll Love This Summer

It’s July 24–National Tequila Day! Tequila tends to be a polarizing liquor–people either love it or hate it, and they’re usually extremely passionate about that love or hate. (After all, who in their right mind loves the taste of tequila? On the other hand, who can turn down a margarita?)

Since this hallowed holiday happens to fall right in the middle of summer, we know there are runners out there who’ll be searching for some new cocktail recipes to make with friends. Women’s Running has you covered with three dazzling drinks that meet all of your tequila needs.

Related: How To Throw A Runner’s Cocktail Hour

The Classic Margarita

If you want a basic, no-frills margarita, this recipe is your best friend. The trick to making the marg taste extra good is using authentic lime juice. No sugar-filled mixes here, please. Also, do yourself a favor and avoid the cheapest bottles of tequila. Just because a brand name is popular with college kids doesn’t mean it’s good. Spend a few extra dollars and your Tuesday morning self will thank you.

Makes 1 drink

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup tequila*
  • 1/3 cup Triple Sec or Cointreau**
  • 1/3 cup lime juice (2-4 limes)
  • 1 lime wedge

Directions

Filter squeezed lime juice to dispose of pulp. Add tequila, Triple Sec/Cointreau and lime juice to a shaker and add the James Bond touch (“Shaken, not stirred.”) If you prefer a salted rim, take care of this now and add ice to your glass. Pour the shaken mixture over the ice and add a lime wedge for looks.

*For less potent drinks, add a little more Triple Sec and a little less tequila. How much less, exactly? It’s totally your call–you’re the one who has to go to work tomorrow.

**For a quick and easy twist, swap the Triple Sec/Cointreau with orange juice (the less sugary, the better). It makes a fruity cocktail that’s just as strong and still has tang from the lime juice.

Strawberry Basil Margarita

The basil in this recipe makes the drink taste oh so refreshing, which is especially ideal if you’re celebrating a long summer run with a post-workout drink. The ingredient ratios here are similar to the classic marg above, but this time, add some crushed fresh basil leaves to give the drink a cooling boost.

Makes 1 drink

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup tequila
  • 1/4 cup Triple Sec or Cointreau
  • 1/3 cup lime juice (2-4 limes)
  • 1 lime wedge
  • 3 medium-sized strawberries
  • 4-5 basil leaves

Directions

Dice up the strawberries until the pieces are small–really small. Extract the lime juice as you did for the recipe above and pour the juice, diced strawberries, tequila and Triple Sec/Cointreau into a shaker. Shake it up! Meanwhile, after salting the rim of your glass, sprinkle the basil leaves at the bottom and crush them with a small spoon. Add ice and pour the shaken drink on top. Enjoy!

Blended Orange Mango Margarita

The blended orange mango is a personal favorite. The extra ice means it’s not as strong, but it’s an extremely refreshing drink during the hot summer months. There are two ways to go about making this drink: you can go the authentic route by tossing diced mangos into a blender, or you can remove that extra step and stick with mango juice. Both recipes taste delicious (though if you’re going for the mango wedges, you might need to add some extra lime juice for consistency purposes).

Ingredients

Makes 2 drinks

  • 1 cup ice
  • 2/3 cup tequila
  • 1/3 cup lime juice (2-4 limes)
  • 1/3 cup oranges or orange juice
  • 1/3 cup diced mangos or mango juice

Directions

Juice 2-4 limes and remove the pulp. Add all ingredients to a blender and blend. Add extra ice if desired to make the drink consistency more like a smoothie. Pour the drink into your waiting salted glasses and enjoy!*

*It’s not required, but paper umbrellas give blended cocktails that extra summer touch. Just saying.

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