The Magical Art of the Mexican Margarita

by | Feb 11, 2022 | Mexico | 1 comment

Whether soaking in the sounds and sights in the heart of the Zócalo of Mexico City or splashing and sipping on the beaches of Riviera Nayarit, a margarita is sure to hit the spot!

What is the Basic Margarita Recipe?

The margarita mixing process is both a science and an art form. The classic recipes call for tequila, triple sec (orange liqueur), lime juice, and salt. Today, countless variations are offered.

In most Mexican locales, a traditional margarita is always a hit—especially on the rocks. Many restaurants and bars offer frozen margaritas, too. Popular flavors include lime, strawberry, watermelon, and guava.

There is always, of course, the fanfare of a margarita with a beer sticking out of it—the coronita!

How Do I Order a Margarita in Spanish?

Margarita is sure to hit the spot! by Unsplash
Margarita is sure to hit the spot! by Unsplash

If you’re in Mexico, or just feel like dusting off that old high school Spanish, you might be wondering how to order the salty (or sweet) concoction in the native language.

To order a margarita, say “Me das una margarita, por favor.” You might be asked how you want it prepared.

You can respond “en las rocas” for on the rocks and “frapé” for frozen. Do you want salt? Just say “Con sal!”

If you don’t want to have alcohol, but you want to join the fun, simply order your drink “sin alcohol.”

Be careful! That “h” in that word is silent. It is pronounced al-COLE.

Mind your manners while you’re at it. Always say “por favor” and “gracias” to win brownie points with the servers.

They might pour that tequila a little heavier if you do!

What Snacks Pair Well With a Margarita?

There are plenty of good eats in Mexico. That is why many people decide to call Mexico home (or maybe that’s just me). Try these snacks with your margs!


Steak, chicken, or shrimp tacos can be the perfect snack to accompany margaritas, but don’t let the most popular options limit you. If you’re feeling adventurous, ask what else is on the menu.


A classic, la quesadilla sencilla, is nothing more than a tortilla and cheese. It’s the perfect snack to soak up the booze bit after a margarita or two.


Try these snacks with your margs! by Unsplash
Try these snacks with your margs! by Unsplash

Nachos, beans, chips, salsa, and guacamole.

It’s the perfect appetizer to share with friends when while enjoying tequila, margarita, or even an ice-cold cerveza.


Grasshoppers? Why not!? These crunchy critters can be eaten with salt and hot sauce or thrown into a quesadilla or guacamole. Order them in Oaxaca, Mexico where they are standard fare.

Get in on the fun! Whether it’s Cinco de Mayo, Tequila Day, or just happy hour, a margarita is always on the menu in sunny Mexico. What classic cocktail represents your expat dreams? Let me know in the comments!

by: Dale Hanstad