The true margarita--a blend of lime juice, orange liqueur, and tequila--is racy and streamlined, a drink that balances sour, sweet, and salty sensations against the electrifying flavor of Mexico's most famous spirit.
A Bloody Mary becomes a Bloody Maria when you swap tequila in for vodka. Our twist here is cutting the tomato juice with crimson blood-orange juice. It turns what normally feels like a meal in a glass into a brighter, more refreshing quaff.
We like the way a single large ice cube looks in each glass (look for these ice-cube trays online or in specialty stores), but smaller cubes work fine, too: Cut the sage leaves to fit the tray compartments and add two or three cubes to each glass. Fried padron peppers make a great accompaniment to these cocktails.