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.
Margaritas can be made in a blender or served on the rocks, and we're certainly not here to tell you that one way is better than the other. A marg is a marg, after all -- and we'll take it any way you'd like to make it! Still, if you're looking to blend your way to happiness, these are the recipes to try.
There are three basic ingredients that make a margarita: tequila, triple sec, and fresh lime juice. The rest is up to your imagination! Here are 8 delicious margarita ideas that play off the classic recipes. Mix yourself one of these sweet 'n' tangy drinks (salted rim optional but definitely recommended).