The BEST Margarita Recipe!

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All you need are 3 ingredients to make the best margarita recipe!  See instructions below for how to make a single serving or a big pitcher of margaritas for a crowd.

Classic Margarita Recipe

It’s no secret that margaritas are my all-time favorite cocktail.

I love margaritas on the rocks, I love them frozen.  I love margaritas made with tequila, I love them with mezcal and sotol.  I love margaritas rimed with straight lime juice, I love them muddled with fruit or fresh mint or a nice kick of some jalapeño.  I love them on Cinco de Mayo, Dos de Mayo (my bday!), National Margarita Day, and any other day that calls for a celebratory round of happy hour margs.

love me a good margarita. ♡

That said, of all the variations out there that I’ve tried, my favorite will forever and always be this classic margarita recipe right here.  It’s made with just three easy ingredients.  It’s nice and strong (look out!).  It’s easy to mix as an individual serving, or scale up to make a big pitcher for a group (see tips below).  And it’s legendary amongst our friends, who always request margs when they come over to our place because these are simply so dang good.

So if you’re craving a stellar iced cocktail to cool off during these hot summer days, here’s the best margarita recipe that I always use!

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Margarita Ingredients:

To make a classic margarita mix, all you really need are three basic margarita ingredients:

  • Tequila: silver or reposado is the best tequila for margaritas, but any kind of tequila (or mezcal or sotol) will work
  • Freshly-squeezed lime juice: the key words here are freshly squeezed, which I highly recommend doing with this citrus juicer (which makes juicing a breeze, especially when you’re making pitcher margaritas for a crowd)
  • Orange liqueur: Cointreau is my go-to, but Grand Marnier is also delicious, or you can use a good-quality Triple Sec

Additional ingredients could include:

  • Agave: if you would like a sweeter margarita, feel free to mix in some agave syrup to taste
  • Kosher salt: if you would like to salt the rims of your glasses (I also like to mix some Tajin into my salt)
  • Additional lime slices/wedges: for garnish

How To Make A Margarita

How To Make A Margarita:

So simple!  To make a single-serving homemade margarita…

  1. Prep your glasses: If you would like to salt the rim of your glass, run a juicy lime wedge around the rim, then dip the rim in coarse Kosher salt, and set aside.
  2. Combine your ingredients in a cocktail shaker: Combine your tequila, lime juice, orange liqueur, and a few ice cubes in a cocktail shaker.  Or if you don’t have a cocktail shaker, you can shake things up in a mason jar or just stir everything together in a measuring cup.
  3. Shake it, shake it, baby: Then give the mixture a good shake (or a good stir!) until it is combined and chilled.
  4. Taste and add sweetener, if desired: Give the marg a taste, and if you think it needs extra sweetener, add in a teaspoon or two of agave (or simple syrup) at a time, until it reaches your desired level of sweetness.
  5. Strain and serve on the rocks. Garnished with a slice of lime, if you would like.  I also recommend using large ice cubes if you have them so that the ice doesn’t dilute the drink too quickly, but any shape of ice will do. ;)

How To Make Margaritas

How To Make A Pitcher Of Margaritas:

To make pitcher margaritas, simply…

  1. Prep your glasses: If you would like to salt the rim of your glasses, run a juicy lime wedge around the rims, then dip the rims in coarse Kosher salt, and set aside.
  2. Stir your ingredients together in a large pitcher: Combine the tequila, lime juice, orange liqueur and ice in a large pitcher, and stir to combine.
  3. Taste and add sweetener, if desired: Give the drink a taste, and if you think it needs extra sweetener, add in a tablespoon or two of agave (or simple syrup) at a time, until the drink reaches your desired level of sweetness.
  4. Serve on the rocks. Garnished with a slice of lime, if you would like.

Pitcher Margaritas

Possible Variations:

There are of course countless types of fruit and other ingredients that you can blend into your margaritas.  But some some of my favorite small tweaks to make to this classic margarita recipe include:

  • Add fresh herbs: Many of you have made and loved my fresh mint margaritas, in which I recommend muddling a few sprigs of fresh mint into classic margaritas.  But feel free to also experiment with muddling in fresh basil, lavender, or cilantro for a different herby twist.
  • Add jalapeño or serrano chiles: If you love a good spicy margarita, muddle in a few slices of fresh jalapeño or serrano peppers for a spicy kick.  I recommend just starting with one or two slices — a little goes a long way with a single serving!
  • Use mezcal or sotol: I almost always prefer mezcal margaritas to tequila nowadays for that smoky depth of flavor.  But we’ve also done some experimenting with sotol (similar to mezcal) which is delicious as well!  Also, if you would just like a hint of smokiness, feel free to try a 50/50 mezcal/tequila blend too.
  • Use lemon instead of lime: If you happen to live in a place where limes are super-expensive (hello to our relatives in New Zealand!) or if you just want to try a different twist for your margaritas, try making them with lemon juice instead of lime.  Or a 50/50 lemon/lime blend.  It’s delicious!
  • Make it “skinny”: If you would like to shave off some calories (and alcoholic content), try substituting freshly-squeezed orange juice in place of the orange liqueur to make a skinny margarita.  It’s really refreshing and the margarita still tastes great.

Margarita Recipe

What To Serve With This Margarita Recipe:

I mean, if you ask me, just about anything can go with a good margarita cocktail. 😉 But if you are looking for some delicious Mexican dishes to accompany your drinks, I highly recommend:

Cheers, friends!

Classic Margarita Recipe

Classic Margarita Recipe

The BEST Margarita Recipe!

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 serving 1x


This seriously is the BEST margarita recipe, made with just 3 easy ingredients.  See details below for how to make a single serving or a big pitcher for a party.



For A Single Margarita:

  • 1 1/2 ounces silver tequila
  • 1 ounce orange liqueur (Cointreau, Grand Marnier or Triple Sec)
  • 3/4 ounce freshly-squeezed lime juice
  • optional sweetener: agave nectar or simple syrup, to taste
  • ice
  • optional: lime wedge and coarse salt for rimming the glass

For A Pitcher Of Margaritas (16 Servings):

  • 3 cups silver tequila
  • 2 cups orange liqueur (Cointreau, Grand Marnier or Triple Sec)
  • 1 1/2 cups freshly-squeezed lime juice
  • optional sweetener: agave nectar or simple syrup, to taste
  • ice
  • optional: lime wedges and coarse salt for rimming the glasses


  1. If you would like salt-rimmed glasses, begin by running a lime slice (the juicy part) around the top rim of a glass.  Fill a shallow bowl with salt, and dip the rim in the salt until it is covered with your desired amount of salt.  Set aside.
  2. Add tequila, orange liqueur and lime juice to a cocktail shaker, and shake or stir until combined.  Taste, and if you would like the margarita to be sweeter, stir in a half teaspoon of agave or simple syrup at a time until the mix reaches your desired level of sweetness.
  3. Fill glass with ice.  Pour in the margarita mixture over the rocks.  Serve immediately, garnished with an extra lime wedge if desired.


To Make A Pitcher Of Margaritas (16 servings): Stir tequila, orange liqueur and lime juice together in a large pitcher until combined.  Add your desired amount of sweetener if desired (I would begin with 2-3 tablespoons agave) until the margaritas reach your desired level of sweetness. Serve on the rocks, garnished with an extra lime wedge if desired.

A Note On Serving Sizes: The serving size of one cocktail is 3.5 ounces (a little less than 1/2 cup), which is more akin to a traditional cocktail versus the large mugs of diluted margaritas that many restaurants serve.

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The Best Margarita Recipe

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95 comments on “The BEST Margarita Recipe!”

  1. I didn’t have agave or felt like making simple syrup so I added a slash of Fresh Orange ( or bottle oj in a pinch ) in each glass.
    Cuts through the tartness for me . Other than that, it’s a hit! Ty

  2. We loved it! I added 2 tbsp of Maple Syrup to a 2 servings and it taste awesome! Our #1 for this summer.

  3. Made these today with Chambord (what I had available) instead of orange liqueur. Absolutely awesome! Husband and I enjoyed them thoroughly. Great recipe.

  4. Made these for my hubby and I, and they were amazing! Absolutely hit the spot because it was incredibly warm here! Hubby said that it was the best margarita that he’s ever had! 👍👍

  5. Hi from New Zealand just when limes are at their least expensive! Great recipe and thanks for the tip about the lemons – will definitely try them when the limes are too exxy. Enjoying a classic Margarita right now. It makes a nice change to my regular Negroni.

  6. Delicious recipe!! I was looking for something super fresh, easy and with low sweetness. I used mezcal and added about 1 tsp agave for each margarita and it turned out perfectly. Thank you!

  7. I’ve been using this recipe for a couple years now and they are the absolute best! I made these for some friends who grew up in Mexico, and they said they were fabulous as well!

  8. 2 Limes 2 nips of Cointreau 2 nips of Tequila. Shake in cocktail shaker with ice serve in salted glasses with ice. 1 VERY happy couple :-) my wife and I loved this!!

  9. Taste was lovely, but this recipe is VERY very strong. The ratio is too heavy on the liquor.
    These margaritas made everyone wasted!

  10. Great recipe! Simple and taste delicious. My wife loves it as well! Thank you for sharing.

  11. Used Santa Cruz organic pure lime juice in a pandemic pinch. So delicious! Had the other stuff however, lol. Grand Marnier mmm.

  12. These were amazing! We made a pitcher for 4 adults and didn’t realize how strong they were until the next day haha! Will cut in half next time, but super tasty! We also added maple syrup 👍🏼

  13. Best Margarita ever!

  14. Excellent, however, the pitcher recipe does not scale correctly. 1x, 2x and 3x all indicate a result of 16 servings..

  15. This the PERFECT Margarita recipe! We have found that the recipe for three is extra perfect for two if put in a Nutribullet with an ounce of Agave nectar and topped off with ice for a frozen Margarita. I think I’m addicted. WARNING: Don’t try having two – you’ll regret it!

  16. The individual recipe is amazing!! But look out the pitcher is potent!! Could be bc I used a different brand of Tequila as well as a triple sec, but they packed quite the punch!! 🤪

  17. A friend bought me a bottle of Patron Mango Liqueur for my birthday. How do I make an easy mango margarita with this?

  18. Be very careful with these margaritas…I hastily made a pitcher for a “Mom’s Night” without reading the post and didn’t realize they were more of a cocktail than your typical margarita. Two margaritas later I was passed out on the bathroom floor with no recollection of the night (So were my guests!) Whoops! I did get lots of compliments in the beginning of the night though so it’s definitely a tasty drink. Add a jalapeño and you can barely taste the alcohol 🤣

  19. I tried this recipe, and added a small tweak of my own. I used 3 cups of the silver tequilla, 2 cups of Tripple Sec, 1 cup of freshly squeezed lime juice ( ran outbof limes), so added 1/2 cup of mango puree. It was still a bit bitter, so addrd just a touch more of the mango for sweetness. I also used a 12 oz glass, so im having 3 servings in one glass! Feeling good about this margarita! :) peace!

  20. These are yummy! Followed the recipe as written. Very Good!

  21. It’s seriously perfect. Added a teaspoon simple syrup for each potion. Thank you!

  22. We’ve been looking all over for a recipe that we like. Most are too sour or too strong, but this one was our Goldilocks mixture. Thanks for posting!

  23. I love making Margaritas It is my favorite Coctail

  24. I’m kinda a margarita snob. There. I said it.
    I have to say, this is THE BEST margarita recipe, hands down! It is my go-to. Highly recommend!