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Ditch the Mix: 4 Simple Ways to Make Fresh & Delicious Margaritas

Warm weather is upon and with it, margarita season. Whether you're a margarita maven or just getting started, we're breaking down the basics as well as how to take it to the next level. From making big batches of party-ready watermelon margaritas to smoky mezcal varieties, consider this your margarita map, sugar and spice included. And don't worry, there's no pre-made marg mix in sight. 

Whether you're hosting a backyard gathering or simply enjoying a summer Friday, these four recipes are the easiest and freshest ways to make up a margarita.

Reporter: Heather Ash

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Classic Margarita

This classic margarita has just three ingredients and no added sugar! Patrón Citrónge Orange provides just enough sweetness while lime juice brightens up the cocktail. Too strong? Add more fresh lime juice. 

• 1.5 oz Patrón Silver
• 1 oz Patrón Citrónge Orange
• 1 oz fresh lime juice
• Salt for rim 

Add all ingredients to a shaker to combine. Serve over ice with salt on the rim!
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Make it Your Own

If you started with the classic margarita recipe and are feeling adventurous, take it up a notch with these tasty additions:

• Add some sweetness with mango puree
• Make it spicy with chopped jalapeno 
• Top it off with Prosecco for bubbles
• Garnish with fresh fruit (strawberry, mango) or herbs (mint, rosemary)
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Watermelon Margarita

Basically summer in a glass, this watermelon margarita recipe is perfect for making in big batches for parties. You can certainly buy watermelon juice from the store but we suggest making it yourself for freshness. Simply cube one baby watermelon and blend it up! That's it.
Adapted from this recipe found on Bon Appétit.

• 3 oz fresh watermelon juice (store bought or 1 baby watermelon, cubed and blended)
• 2 oz blanco tequila
• Lime  
• Trader Joe's chili lime seasoning for rim
• Optional: add chopped jalapeno to make it spicy 

Add all ingredients to a shaker to combine. Serve over ice with a squeeze of lime to taste + chili lime salt on rim.
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Make it Mezcal

Once you've found your go-to recipe, try swapping tequila for mezcal – a smoky agave spirit. Our favorite ways to dress up a mezcal margarita include making it spicy with jalapeno or sweetening it up with fresh watermelon juice.

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