The ONLY Homemade Margarita Mix Recipe You’ll Ever Need

LAST UPDATED: May 05, 2020 | PUBLISHED: Mar 05, 2020 | By: Julie Blanner

This homemade margarita mix really is the best! It’s so simple and easy to make and with just two ingredients, all you need to do is add tequila! Make up a batch of the BEST margarita mix for easy to make cocktails for Cinco de Mayo and summer parties.

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When the warm weather hits, there’s nothing quite like a Homemade Margarita and this recipe for an easy margarita mix is perfect when you are entertaining a crowd.

Mix up a batch of this simple margarita mix to have on hand for easy cocktails. It’s so perfectly zesty and guarantees the best margaritas every single time! It takes minutes to make this cocktail base and it’s perfect to serve as part of a Margarita Bar.

If you’re planning a Cinco de Mayo gathering, you’ll need this incredible Cinco de Mayo menu guide, filled with all my favorite Mexican-inspired recipes and inspiration. It’s a can’t miss post filled with ALL the Mexican flavors you’ll ever need!

I love alllll the margaritas! You’ve got to try my mango margarita, my jalapeño margaritas, and this incredible Cadillac margarita, too! In fact, I’ve even published a complete guide to making the BEST margaritas – with every margarita recipe I have! There’s also a comprehensive guide to choosing the best tequila for margaritas. Don’t miss it!

Psst…if you love the sweet citrusy flavor of lime everything, don’t miss these incredible little frosted key lime cookies!

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Margarita Mix Ingredients

  • Lime Juice – always use fresh lime juice for the tastiest and zingiest margs.
  • Sugar  – the right amount of sugar helps to balance out the acidity of the limes.
  • Water – a splash of water is the easiest secret to creating balanced flavors.

How To Make Homemade Margarita Mix

  1. Prep – juice the limes.
    Glass bottles, limes, and fresh squeezed lime juice for a homemade margarita mix.
  2. Combine – place water and sugar in a saucepan and heat and stir it until the sugar dissolves (Check out this post for more details on easy simple syrup).
    A stainless steel pan with a whisk inside, creating simple syrup for margarita mix.
  3. Finish – let the sugar and water cool slightly and stir in the lime juice.
White kitchen background, glass carafe full of homemade margarita mix.

Variations

  • Substitute 1/4 of the lime juice with lemon
  • Substitute the lime juice for grapefruit to make a paloma mix.

Once you have made this mix, it’s so quick and easy to make up margaritas whenever you please!

How To Make The Best Margaritas With a Mix

  1. Rim a glass with a lime wedge. Dip into a shallow plate filled with thick flakes of salt.
  2. Shake or stir mix with two ounces tequila and one ounce triple sec with ice and pour in the glass.

QUICK TIP: If you’re making a large batch of this homemade margarita mix (as shown in these photos) this glass bottle with stopper makes for such a pretty presentation and stores your mixer as well.

Ingredients for a homemade margarita with a bottle of fresh margarita mix in the middle.

How to Store

Once you have made this mixer, let it cool completely to room temperature and transfer it to an air tight jar or container.

  • Room Temperature – You can leave the mix at room temperature up to 24 hours. ,
  • Refrigerate – This mix keeps well up to two weeks refrigerated. It’s perfect for a make ahead mixer if you have a big party coming up.
  • Freeze – You can freeze up to 3 months in an airtight container. Freeze with tequila and you can stir, scoop and serve!

The difference between this homemade mix and something you buy at the store is crazy! After making my margaritas this way for years, I’m never buying (or drinking) a premade sour mix again.

I find that the store bought mixes can be overly sweet and syrupy, whereas this homemade one is so zingy and fresh. It’s also cheaper to make your own and it really takes no time at all to make a big batch!

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Tips for the BEST Margaritas

  1. To get the most juice out of each lime, let them come to room temperature and roll them on a hard surface before cutting them in half and squeezing them.
  2. You don’t need to boil the sugar and water mixture (simple syrup). It just needs to be heated through so that the sugar dissolves when you stir it.
  3. If you are sensitive to the very tart flavor of the lime juice, you can add more water to make the mix less acidic.
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What is a Good Inexpensive Tequila for Margaritas?

Well I am sure the answer to this question is up for debate! Here’s a few flavor tips based on years of margarita-drinking experience. You can find more details in my Tequila guide

Try a Blanco (also known as silver) tequila. These aren’t aged so they have a lot of agave flavor and are often very inexpensive!

  • Try Sauza’s Blue Silver for one good option at an awesome price point!
  • Milagro Silver is a good option
  • For a reposado, try Camarena Reposado
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Margarita Mix

Julie Blanner
This homemade margarita mix really is the best! It's so simple and easy to make with just two ingredients, all you need to do is add tequila! Make up a batch for easy to make cocktails for cinco de mayo and summer parties.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 2 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 7 mins
Course Drinks
Cuisine American, Mexican
Servings 12 servings
Calories 112 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 3 cups lime juice
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 cup water optional

Instructions
 

  • Add sugar and water in a saucepan over medium heat and stir until sugar dissolves
  • Let the sugar and water cool slightly.
  • Stir in the lime juice.

Video

Notes

Substitutions

  • Lime Juice – Fresh squeeze lime juice is best, but you can substitute 100% lime juice from the juice aisle of your grocer as well.
  • Sugar – Eliminate sugar and water and use store bought simple syrup.

Variations

  • Substitute 1/4 of the lime juice with lemon
  • Substitute the lime juice for grapefruit to make a paloma mix.

Tips

  • To get the most juice out of each lime, let them come to room temperature and roll them on a hard surface before cutting them in half and squeezing them.
  • You don’t need to boil the sugar and water mixture (simple syrup). It just needs to be heated through so that the sugar dissolves when you stir it.
  • If the lime juice is too tart, you can add more water to make the mix less acidic. Serving  over crushed ice also makes a margarita less tart.

To Store

  • Room Temperature – You can leave the mix at room temperature up to 24 hours. ,
  • Refrigerate – This mix keeps well up to two weeks refrigerated. It’s perfect for a make ahead mixer if you have a big party coming up.
  • Freeze – You can freeze up to 3 months in an airtight container. Freeze with tequila and you can stir, scoop and serve!

To Make a Margarita with this Mix

  1. Rim glass with lime wedge and dip in a shallow plate filled with thick flakes of salt.
  2. Combine mix with two ounces of tequila with a one ounce of triple sec with ice and pour in the glass.

Nutrition

Calories:112kcalCarbohydrates:30gProtein:1gFat:1gSaturated Fat:1gSodium:4mgPotassium:71mgFiber:1gSugar:26gVitamin A:30IUVitamin C:18mgCalcium:9mgIron:1mg
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