The original margarita is a classic for a reason. With just three ingredients – Cointreau, tequila, and lime juice – it’s a relaxing beach vacation in a glass. However, the margarita’s simple foundational ingredients mean that this cocktail is easily customizable, and bartenders across the country have adapted the margarita to reflect different regions of the United States. Depending on where you live, you’ll find types of margaritas that break from tradition and pay homage to the state where they were created.
Curious drinkers can find margaritas with floral notes or spicy and smoky ingredients that represent (mostly, though not exclusively) the warmest parts of the country, stretching from the Southwest to the Southeast and beyond. These regional ingredients, from sage, to jerk spice, to hibiscus flowers, add character and color to the straightforward margarita – and a glimpse into the diversity of America’s palate.
Here are seven variations on the margarita that use regional ingredients that you can find in bars in Hawaii, Florida, Arizona and more.