Margarita Monday | Homemade Margarita Recipe

The best margarita recipe - make a pitcher of margaritas or just one great margarita with this easy recipe

Let’s be honest, some Mondays call for a margarita and not just any margarita, but a fresh, made from {almost} scratch homemade margarita. Truthfully, there is no substitute. I have yet to find a mix that stands up to a fresh, classic margarita. Years ago, I thought I didn’t like margaritas because most are made with a sweet and sour mix. Once I had the real thing, I was hooked. It’s my reward for a great day, my consolation prize for a bad day, my every once in a while treat that I look forward to. I’ve found that margaritas are so hit-and-miss that Chris and I will rarely try one unless it’s a tried and true restaurant. What makes the difference?

Easy and refreshing classic margarita recipe, you'll never buy a mix again!

My secrets to a craveable, have-to-have-one margarita:

Crushed ice. So simple, but really makes a significant difference. Every now and then I’ll order a margarita at one of our favorite local Mexican restaurants that happens to make fantastic margaritas, Mission Taco. In the name of research, we tasted a margarita made with cubed ice next to a margarita with crushed ice. The difference is astounding. Sometimes, it’s the little things.

Fresh lime juice. Okay, just purchasing lime juice will do. I have a juicer attachment for my mixer that makes fresh juice a breeze, but I also frequently use bottled lime juice. Either way it’s significantly better than a mix.

Simple syrup, and it’s simple to make. I’ll even let you purchase it at store, just anything but sweet and sour mix, please!

Great tequila. The tequila you choose can enhance or detract from the flavor.

Easy margarita recipe, made in minutes - make one or a pitcher

The best part? I can make a pitcher in just 10 minutes. I often keep simple syrup in the refrigerator to mix up a 60 second margarita since Chris frequently requests them. I listed the ingredients as parts to make bigger batches, but if making a margarita by the glass, consider them ounces. To be honest, I often just mix and taste…I decided that was irresponsible blogging and measured and taste tested just for you! Who’s ready for Cinco de Mayo?

Skip the margarita mix! A classic margarita you'll make time and time again!


Prep Time 5 mins Total Time 0:05
Serves 1     adjust servings


  • crushed ice
  • 3 parts tequila
  • 2 parts lime juice
  • 2 parts simple syrup
  • 1 part water


  1. Whisk or shake tequila, lime juice, simple syrup and water.
  2. Pour over crushed ice into a salt rimmed glass.



Homemade margarita recipe | a classic margarita in minutes!


entertaining expert and lifestyle blogger Julie Blanner



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