Homemade Margarita

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The best Homemade Margarita recipe that will make you want to ditch the margarita mix forever!

homemade margarita

Let’s be honest, some Mondays call for margaritas and not just any margarita, but a fresh, made from {almost} scratch margarita. Truthfully, there is no substitute. I have yet to find a mix that stands up to a fresh, homemade margarita.

Toss the margarita mixes aside and get ready for the best sip!  This classic margarita is our favorite and I know it will be yours, too!

I recently wrote a complete margarita guide to help you decide which flavor combination to tackle next. And psst… if you love margaritas as much as we do, you’ve got to try this incredible Cadillac margarita too.

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?

homemade margarita with salted rim

My secrets to craveable, have-to-have-one homemade 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 the grocery store, just anything but sweet and sour mix, please!
  • Great tequila. The tequila you choose can enhance or detract from the flavor. Be sure to check out my handy tequila guide to make sure you’re choosing the right tequila for your margaritas! 
easy homemade margarita

The best part? I can make a pitcher of homemade margaritas in just 10 minutes!

I often keep simple syrup in the refrigerator to mix up a 60 second margarita since Chris frequently requests them, but you can purchase simple syrup at your grocery store.

I listed the ingredients as parts to make bigger batches, but if making a homemade 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?

homemade margaritas with lime

How to Rim a Margarita Glass

  • Rub a lime wedge around the rim of a glass.
  • Dip in thick flakes of kosher salt or margarita salt.

Some like it – coooooold!

Pop a pitcher in the freezer to make it into a frozen margarita! It’s perfectly slushy! For another little twist, add a touch of orange liqueur or triple sec.

Homemade margarita recipe

How to Make a Homemade Margarita

  1. Combine tequila, freshly squeezed lime juice (can be purchased in a bottle, too), simple syrup and water in a cocktail shaker.
  2. Then pour over a rimmed glass filled with crushed ice.
  3. Optional: garnish with a lime.

You can see how easy it is to make amazing Margaritas in the video below!

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The Best Homemade Margarita Recipe

homemade margarita with lime in front of glass

Homemade Margarita

Author: Julie Blanner
The best Homemade Margarita recipe that will make you want to ditch the margarita mix forever!
5 from 32 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course Drinks
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 1
Calories 161 kcal


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


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



You can purchase or make your own simple syrup.
You can purchase or squeeze your own lime juice.
If at all possible, use crushed ice.


Calories:161kcalCarbohydrates:17gProtein:1gFat:1gSodium:14mgPotassium:39mgFiber:1gSugar:16gVitamin A:11IUVitamin C:6mgCalcium:6mgIron:1mg
5 from 32 votes
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