5 Must-Have Margarita Recipes for Your Office Cinco de Mayo Party

Before anyone goes all ‘historical accuracy’ on us, we know Cinco de Mayo is not Mexican Independence Day, as is the common misconception. For the real Mexican Independence Day, you’ll have to sit tight until September. The history behind Cinco de Mayo (or 5th of May if you’re truly unaware) celebrates the Battle of Puebla during the French occupation of Mexico. For those of you who may have been snoozing through your history class, here’s a quick rundown of events.

After the Mexican-American War and Reform War of the 1800s, the Mexican Treasury was left nearly bankrupt. In response, Mexican President Benito Juarez issued a moratorium on foreign debt payments for two years. Not surprisingly, France, Britain, and Spain were less than cool with this and sent their navies to demand payment. Britain and Spain were able to negotiate and withdrew their troops, but the ruler of France was this guy you may have heard of—Napoleon. Napoleon was like “oh hell no” and that’s when things got ugly. After being forced to retreat from French forces at Veracruz, a vastly outnumbered Mexican resistance managed to defeat the French in the Battle of Puebla.

So if it’s not independence day, why party? Because trust, when you beat the big bad French army, it’s reason to celebrate. At the time, the French army was considered the top dog, and fending them off was quite a coup. Legend has it that when news of this victory spread, Mexican citizens celebrated in the streets. Celebrations continued north into California, where Mexican miners celebrated the victory of their countrymen back home.

Cinco de Mayo has continued to be popular in California, and since the 80s in the rest of the United States. Ironically enough, the day is practically ignored in Mexico these days. But you know us Californians love a good party! Cinco de Mayo in the states has become an occasion to celebrate Mexican culture and heritage. And drink margaritas. Lots of margaritas.

With that in mind, here are five margarita recipes that are absolute must haves for your next Cinco de Mayo party.

#1 Jalapeno Cucumber Margarita

Recipe by Patricia Richards – originally published on
Serves 8

What You Will Need

  • 1/2 large seedless cucumber, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 medium jalapeno, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup cilantro
  • 18 oz. silver tequila
  • 8 oz. lime juice
  • 6 oz. agave nectar


  • In a pitcher, muddle the cucumber slices with the jalapeno and cilantro
  • Add tequila, lime juice, and agave
  • Stir well and refrigerate for 1 hour or until chilled
  • Garnish with cucumber and cilantro
  • For extra spice/flavor, infuse tequila with the jalapeno and cucumber overnight.
  • Do not infuse longer than 24 hours or mixture will become too spicy and negatively impact the flavor


#2 Beergarita

recipe originally published on
Serves 1

What You Will Need

  • 1 oz. gold tequila
  • 1 oz. triple sec
  • 1 oz. lime juice
  • (1) 12 oz. bottle of chilled beer (we used Pacifico but Corona or Dos Equis work too)


  • Mix tequila, triple sec, and lime juice in a blender with ice
  • Pour mixture into a large pint glass
  • Pour Corona over the top
  • Serve garnished with lime


#3 Skinny Margarita

originally published on
Serves 1

What You Will Need

  • 2 oz. silver tequila
  • 1 oz. lime juice
  • 1/2 oz agave nectar
  • lime wedge (for garnish)


  • Combine tequila, lime juice, and agave nectar with ice
  • Garnish with lime


#4 Spicy Mango Margarita

Originally published on Sweet Peas & Saffron
Serves 2

  • 1 cup chopped mango chunks
  • 5 large ice cubes
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp Cointreau or Triple Sec
  • 1/4 cup silver tequila


  • Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth
  • Add ice and/or water as needed


#5 Strawberries & Champagne Margarita

Originally published on

Serves 4

What You Will Need

  • 1 cup strawberries, hulled
  • 13/4 cup champagne
  • 3/4 cup tequila
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 1/4 cup triple sec


  • Puree strawberries until smooth
  • Combine pureed strawberries, champagne, tequila, lime juice, and triple sec stir or shake until well combined
  • Rim glasses with sugar (optional)
  • Pour margaritas over ice to serve


BONUS #6 Virgin Margarita on the Rocks

Originally published on

Serves 4

What You Will Need

  • 1 can frozen limeade, thawed
  • 1/3 cup fresh orange juice
  • 4 cups ice
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp of lime juice
  • 2 tbsp of sugar (or more to taste!)


  • Combine thawed limeade, orange juice, lemon juice, lime juice, and sugar. Mix well
  • Add ice and stir to chill
  • Pour into glasses and enjoy!