The BEST Margarita Recipe

This Margarita Recipe is the BEST cocktail for a crowd of people or just for one. If you’re throwing a party, you need this easy Margarita recipe. Pitcher cocktails are a lifesaver for parties.

With only 4 ingredients: tequila, fresh lime juice, simple syrup, and a splash of triple sec. You’re ready to go!

One cocktail glass garnished with a slice of lime.

My husband perfected this recipe a few years ago after attending an event at the Ritz-Carlton in Tucson AZ and seeing a bartender make it for us.

He told us the secret to the BEST margarita and now we’re sharing it with you!

These homemade Margaritas are great with Tortilla Chips and Salsa, Tacos Gobernador, Cochinita Pibil or your favorite Mexican dish.

Two beautiful cocktail glasses with Margarita cocktail inside.

The keys to making THE BEST Margarita On The Rocks:

  1. Mix equal parts FRESH lime juice and simple syrup + a splash of triple sec. – Most Classic Margarita Recipes call for a lot less simple syrup and sometimes too much triple sec. which is not the perfect balance in our opinion.
  2. It’s also important to make sure to fill your drink glass with crushed ice almost to the top.  Otherwise the mixture of lime & syrup will be too sweet and we need a lot of ice to balance it.
  3. Select a great tequila. See below

Ingredients You’ll Need

The beauty of this recipe is that you can make as much or as little as you want. If you’re having a gathering, make the lime juice/simple syrup mixture before hand to save time when preparing the cocktails.

  • Fresh squeezed lime juice
  • Simple syrup
  • Good tequila (see below for our recommendations)
  • A splash of Triple Sec
  • Lime wedges for garnish and salt or sugar for glass. Optional
A bowl with sugar and lime zest.

Want to decorate your glass? Combine lime zest with sugar or salt to coat the edge of your glass!

How To Make Margaritas

To make the margarita mixture, combine the lime juice & simple syrup in a small pitcher and set aside until ready to use.

  • Fill the cocktail glasses with crushed ice (all the way to the top) and add the margarita mixture leaving some room for the tequila.
  • Add 1.5 oz of tequila to each glass (one shot glass) and a splash of triple sec.
  • Garnish with a lime wedge.
  • Optional: Rub the rim of four 10-ounce glasses with a lime wedge and dip in salt or sugar prior to filling it with crushed ice. 

What tequila to use

I’m often asked what is the best tequila. The best tequila is a matter of personal preference. And yet it’s an understandable question as there seems to be a new tequila on the market every day!

Personally we drink blanco or reposado. The only suggestion we have is to stay away from cheap tequila unless you want to remember your college days and the reason why so many people fear tequila.  

There are a lot of good tequila’s out there in the $30-$35 price range that will do the trick!

A pitcher serving margarita over a cocktail glass.
Three cocktail glasses garnished with lime slices.

Needless to say, after drinking these cocktails we became Margarita snobs!! I think my hubby nailed the perfect ratio of all ingredients if I do say so myself 😉

Other tequila cocktails you may like:

One cocktail glass garnished with a slice of lime.

Authentic Mexican Margarita Recipe

Servings 6 glasses
Ana Frias
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Make the perfect Classic Margarita for your next cocktail night! This drink is so refreshing, great for any time of year, pre-dinner drinks, or any time you need a delicious cocktail.
6 glasses

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup fresh squeezed lime juice
  • 1 cup simple syrup
  • 9 oz good tequila
  • ¼ cup Triple Sec
  • Lime wedge for garnish
  • Salt or sugar for glass optional

Instructions
 

  • To make the margarita mixture, combine the lime juice & simple syrup in a small pitcher.
  • Fill the cocktail glasses with crushed ice (all the way to the top) and add the margarita mixture leaving some room for the tequila.
  • Add 1.5 oz of tequila to each glass (one shot glass) and a splash of triple sec.
  • Garnish with a lime wedge.
  • Optional: Rub the rim of four 10-ounce glasses with a lime wedge and dip in salt or sugar prior to filling it with crushed ice. 

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NUTRITION

Serving: 1glass | Sugar: 16g | Calories: 184kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g

The nutritional information and US conversions are calculated automatically. I cannot guarantee the accuracy of this data. If this is important to you, please verify with your favourite nutrition calculator and/or unit conversion tool.

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6 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    I agree. This recipe is THE best one for a perfect hand-crafted Margarita I have ever had and I’m from Texas so we know our Margaritas ‘round here. This one is a staple in my home bar line up. Thanks!

  2. Oh gosh, this looks fantastic! And wouldn’t it be lovely to have that coupe glass too?! Where is that from, do you recall?

  3. 5 stars
    My husband made these margs for me this weekend and they are amazing! The perfect balance between sour and sweet. Salud Ana! And thanks for another stellar recipe.