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Tequila, Cointreau or triple sec, lime juice and salt around the rim of the glass are the ingredients of a basic margarita. A margarita can be served blended, frozen or on the rocks. There are a number of variations on the basic recipe, with additions of fruit pulps, juices and liquors being the most common. When looking for drinks that are similar to margaritas, keep in mind the simple recipe, the fruity variations and/or the main alcohol, tequila.


Like the margarita, the daiquiri can be served frozen or over ice. Both drinks include lime juice and a sweetener as part of the basic recipe, though daiquiris use sugar rather than a liquor. The main difference between the drinks, however, is the main alcohol. Margaritas use tequila, while daiquiris use rum. Like a margarita, daiquiris are often found in a variety of fruity variations.

Tequila Sunrise

Tequila, orange juice and grenadine, or pomegranate juice, combine to make the tequila sunrise. The drink is similar to a fruity margarita, utilizing the same main alcohol and containing a citrus juice, though in this case it's orange juice rather than lime. A tequila sunrise is served over ice.


Take a margarita and substitute vodka for tequila and you have a kamikaze. The kamikaze is another drink with lime juice and triple sec, so the flavors are very similar to the margarita. A kamikaze is served over ice in an old fashioned glass or sometimes as a small serving in a shot glass.

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Nadia Nygaard

Nadia Nygaard has been writing and editing since 2005. She is published in "Farm and Ranch Living" and has edited projects as diverse as grant proposals, medical dissertations and tenant law handbooks. She is a graduate of the University of Washington with a Bachelor of Arts in English and women's studies.