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.

One cocktail glass garnished with a slice of lime.

***This post was originally published on June 2019. It has been updated to be more helpful.

The Mexican Margarita

With only 4 ingredients: tequila, fresh lime juice, simple syrup, and a splash of triple sec. these margaritas are a drink staple and now you can make them in your own home! Like our Tamarind Margarita, these are made with a few simple ingredients and lots of flavor.

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!

Why you’ll love this recipe

  • Simple ingredients – No premade mixes here! Everything is natural and easy to find.
  • Perfect for gatherings – You can prepare ahead for easy serving.
  • Crowd pleaser – We get so many compliments for our Margaritas recipe!
Two beautiful cocktail glasses with Margarita cocktail inside.

Ingredients

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

***Find the complete recipe with measurements below.

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!

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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.

  1. Fill the cocktail glasses with crushed ice (all the way to the top) and add the margarita mixture leaving some room for the tequila.
  2. Add 1.5 oz of tequila to each glass (one shot glass) and a splash of triple sec.
  3. Garnish with a lime wedge.
  4. 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 should I use for margaritas?

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.

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keys to making THE BEST Margarita On The Rocks:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Select a great tequila.

These homemade Margaritas are great with:

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 😉

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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 | Calories: 184kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Sugar: 16g

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.