We’ve partnered with Cointreau to share all the delicious ways you can riff on The Original Margarita—the iconic cocktail recipe that dates back to 1948. Bonus: a handful of our top grilled dishes to serve with them.
There’s nothing better than chillin’ poolside, grilling up some bites on the BBQ (currently dreaming of these spicy shrimp skewers), and washing them down with a delicious summer sipper.
This season, my go-to cocktail is a classic: The Original Margarita, made with just Cointreau (the essential orange liqueur), blanco tequila, and fresh lime juice. Refreshingly simple, this over-70-year-old recipe also happens to be easy to mix up for a small group, making it an excellent choice for celebrating the upcoming Fourth of July weekend.
Of course, you can never have too many margarita options, and another perk of this cocktail is its riffability. Here are five summer-ready twists on The Original Margarita—from grilled peach to smoked blueberry—plus some of our favorite grill-able recipes that'll pair up perfectly with them ('cause you gotta eat, too).
The only thing better than strawberries in a cocktail, is roasted strawberries in a cocktail.
Serve it with: Ian Knauer's Sticky Balsamic Ribs
The balsamic sweetness of these ultra-tender ribs pairs nicely with the charred fruit notes in The Roasted Strawberry Margarita.
For even juicier blueberries, toss them on the grill and let ‘em get smoky for about 15 minutes—the extra step is oh-so worth it.
Serve it with: Corn Husk-Smoked Salmon with Grilled Corn Salsa
Everything in this recipe hits the grill, from the zesty corn salsa to the quick-smoked salmon.
A grilled watermelon syrup—just freshly grilled watermelon blended with simple syrup, then strained—grapefruit juice and Cointreau team up in this supremely refreshing marg.
Serve it with: Jalapeño-Marinated Chicken Tacos With Watermelon Salsa
The best thing to pair with watermelon? More watermelon. These zippy chicken tacos normally come together in the oven, but would happily welcome a grilled preparation.
Similar to The Grilled Watermelon Margarita, this drink calls on another grilled summer fruit: peaches. A garnish of mint sprigs and a grilled peach slice tie the whole thing together.
Juicy summer scallops get a bit of extra oomph thanks to a quick stint on the grill, and a chile-spiked grapefruit glaze.
Freshly puréed honeydew melon and smoky ancho chile liqueur make the perfect balancing act in this piquant margarita.
Serve it with: Tangy Rose’s Lime–Glazed Wings
The lime and chiles in these sticky glazed chicken wings make a top-notch complement to all the fresh citrus in The Spicy Honeydew Margarita.
In partnership with Cointreau, the essential orange liqueur at the heart of hundreds of cocktail recipes, we’re sharing our favorite summer-ready drinks and dishes—from creative riffs on The Original Margarita to grilled dishes you’ll want to keep in rotation all season long. Need to stock up your bar cart? You can buy Cointreau here on Drizly and have it delivered straight to your door.