Variations and Substitutions
Whether you're craving a frozen margarita or you want to keep it simple, here are a few ideas.
- Use one cup of frozen or fresh peaches with one cup of ice and blend those ingredients with the original recipe to make a frozen peach margarita.
- Instead of silver tequila, use mezcal for a smokey peach margarita.
- You can skip either the peach schnapps or nectar to take it easy on the peach flavors.
- Go ahead and use honey or simple syrup if you don't have agave on hand.
- Add a half-ounce of orange liqueur for that traditional margarita flair.
- Use cinnamon-infused tequila for some gentle spice.
A traditional margarita typically uses a lime wheel or wedge for a garnish. But you do have other choices. For a peach margarita, you can add a sugar or cinnamon sugar rim and use a peach slice. You can skip the rim and use a peach wedge anyway or garnish with an orange slice to keep a mellow citrus touch. Use a dehydrated citrus wheel if you really want to modernize your peach margarita.
About the Peach Margarita
Using peach as a flavor in cocktails isn't a new idea, but using peaches in drinks other than a Bellini is finally catching on. Although margaritas have been swirling in glasses since the mid 20th century, the peach margarita is relatively new to the scene, only coming to be after flavored liqueurs became more readily available, as well as peaches being available outside of the season.
You can enjoy the peach margarita year round--be it on a sunny summer day, in cooler weather with a touch of cinnamon and nutmeg, or a toast to the blossoming spring days. Or in June, as you read up about the Georgia Peach Festival and plan your next trip.
What a Peach!
The peach margarita is a juicy spin on a beloved cocktail. And since there are so many ways to shake or blend up this cocktail, you can make it just right for you. There's no need to wait for summer, either. Margaritaville has no rules.