The BEST Margarita Recipe!

This seriously is the BEST margarita recipe, made with just 3 easy ingredients!  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 blended with fruit juice or maybe a kick of jalapeño.  I love them on Cinco de Mayo, Dos de Mayo (my bday!), National Margarita Day, and I love them on any other day that friends are game to meet up for an impromptu round of happy hour margs.  I 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 is simply the best. 

And famous amongst our friends.  And irresistibly delicious (and strong, look out).  And all you need to make it are three simple ingredients.  Let’s make some!

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Margarita Ingredients:

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

  • Tequila: silver or reposado tequila is standard, but any tequila (or mezcal) will do
  • 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 extra agave to taste
  • Kosher salt: if you would like to salt the rims of your glasses
  • Additional lime slices/wedges: for garnish

How To Make A Margarita

How To Make A Margarita:

Guys, it’s so easy!  Simply…

  1. Prep your glasses: If you would like to salt the rim of your glass, simply run a juicy lime wedge around the rim. Then dip it in coarse Kosher salt, and set aside.
  2. Combine your ingredients in a cocktail shaker: Or if you don’t have a cocktail shaker, anything with a lid (i.e. a mason jar) will work great.  Combine your tequila, lime juice, orange liqueur, and a few ice cubes to chill the mixture.
  3. Shake it, shake it, baby: Give the mixture a good shake until it is combined and chilled.
  4. Strain and serve on the rocks. I like using large ice cubes so that the ice doesn’t dilute the drink too quickly.  But any ice cubes will do!

How To Make Margaritas

How To Make A Pitcher Of Margaritas:

Repeat the same steps in a large pitcher, stir to combine, and serve!  I have included large-batch amounts in the recipe below if you would like details on how to make margaritas for a crowd.

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 Mexi dishes to accompany your drinks, I highly recommend:

Also, just want to note one more time that these margaritas are strong.  As in, sip them as you would any other cocktail (and don’t pound them like the watered-down mugs of margaritas that you might find at other restaurants).  Classic margaritas pack a punch.  Yet they are also unquestionably the most delicious.

Cheers, friends!

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The BEST Margarita Recipe!

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 tequila, silver or reposado
  • 1 ounce Cointreau (orange liqueur)
  • 3/4 ounce freshly-squeezed lime juice
  • optional: agave nectar or simple syrup for sweetening, if desired
  • ice
  • optional: lime wedge and salt for rimming the glass

For A Pitcher Of Margaritas (16 Servings):

  • 3 cups tequila, silver or reposado
  • 2 cups Cointreau (orange liqueur)
  • 1.5 cups freshly-squeezed lime juice
  • optional: agave nectar or simple syrup for sweetening, if desired
  • ice
  • optional: lime wedges and salt for rimming the glass es


  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, lime juice and Cointreau to a cocktail shaker, and shake or stir until combined.  Taste, and if you would like it 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, lime juice and Cointreaue 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 sweeteness.

Fill the glasses with ice.  Pour in the margarita mixture over the rocks.  Serve immediately, garnished with extra lime wedges if desired.

*The serving sizes for these margaritas are equivalent to traditional cocktail serving size.  (Not the enormous margaritas served at some Mexican restaurants.)  ;)  They’re plenty strong, but make extra servings if you’d like!

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53 comments on “The BEST Margarita Recipe!”

  1. Margs for brunch!? I can SO get on board with that shenanigans! This looks like the perfect recipe for a classic. But, I might need to taste test it tonight before the big day tomorrow. You know, to make sure ;) Pinned!

  2. You’re making me want to head straight to the basement to get my Mexican Party hat out. (I’m sure you have one of those) I’m ready to P-R-T for Cinco de Mayo! 

  3. I always find that brunch is an excuse to eat everything on the menu…because you gotta try everything, right? Hence, I love brunch, and a Mexican brunch is all the more delicious!  Love this dependable marg recipe:).  Perfect to wash down the tacos!

  4. While the classic is fantastic (I grew up in Texas, so know margaritas), when fresh strawberries are available right out of the field, a strawberry margarita will make that berry picking and jam making a whole lot better.  

  5. I was just thinking that I should have shared a classic margarita for Cinco de Mayo! (I have an apple cider marg on my site that I adore, but tomorrow’s holiday just calls for a classic.) This version looks incredible!

  6. So excited to see this recipe!  Can’t wait to make it for Cinco de Mayo! Have you posted the recipe for your pineapple margarita?Thanks! 

  7. LOVE Port Fonda, I’v hear their brunch is amazing, yet I’ve never been either! What gives?! And I agree, I cannot stand a super sugary margarita with faux lime juice, not happening. These guys look (and sound) PERFECT.

  8. Margs always make meals (especially brunch) better. My favorite local spot is a 1920’s Bakersfield, Cali honkey-tony style bar/restaurant with plenty of tex-Mex food, and their brunch is killer. 

    Josh – The Kentucky Gent

  9. I must know this restaurant. I’m not a huge bruncher either, but I’m a big Mexican food eater and margarita drinker. As a Texas transplant to the KC area, I’m always looking for yummy Mexican!

  10. Margaritas for brunch??? SIGN ME UP! :) 

  11. I have to say, I have always been a huge brunch person! But these would definitely be an enticing addition to any brunch menu!

  12. These look delicious – and that Mexican brunch sounds amazing! I live in Copenhagen (DK) and here, brunch is usually the same old (yogurt, muesli, fruit, eggs, bacon, maybe a pancake or two…) so the thought of Mexican brunch just got me all giddy! Oh, and I totally agree, Cointreau > Triple Sec!

  13. Okay I’m making this asap!!

  14. this is exactly how I like my margs! So fresh! I like to add a squeeze of a fresh orange slice too, and add it as garnish, love me some margaritas!

  15. I agree – they MUST have fresh lime juice! Or at least a homemade sour mix. I won’t stand for that bottled sour mix crap. Ew. And I like mine with a sugared rim. :-D

  16. Finding the perfect margarita recipe is on my summer bucket list. Looking forward to trying this one out! Would love recommendations of  what brand of tequila and Cointreau to buy. It’s a little overwhelming trying to figure out what to buy – would rather be doing the mixing and taste testing instead! :)

    • Hey Mindy! For the Triple Sec, I use Cointreau, which is great. For tequila, I love Camarena Tequila Reposado, and that’s what I usually use. But Sauza also works great, and I’ve heard good things about Siembra Azul Blanco. And of course, you can never go wrong with Patron. Hope that helps!

  17. Lived in the area for 3 years and have never been to Port Fonda! It’s a travesty, I know! Will be making it there soon!

  18. What is the recipe you use to make a pitcher of margaritas? I love a good margarita, but I find it kind of annoying to have to make each one individually. It would be much more fun to just be able to go to the fridge and refill my glass, or make a bunch so more than one person could enjoy it!

  19. i love your pins and I also have recently discovered this juicer. Amazing! The Beaty is you get so much more juice out of the fruit with a fraction of the aggravation. I can’t wait to try the margaritas.

  20. Made these today to go along with some Rose Bowl watching!  Delish!  Love that they are so simple and basic; no syrupy limeade concentrate.  Will absolutely make them again!  Thanks for the recipe!

  21. This sounds delicious! I just shared it on my blog for a post about National Margarita Day! Check it out here:
    Thanks for sharing!

    • That’s awesome Sara — thanks for sharing with us, and thanks for the sweet shout out on your blog! :D

  22. Best ever :) I will never buy a mix again

  23. I love the glasses! Where are the from?

  24. Besides the recipe, I am super interested in the glasses in the first picture!!! Where are those from?

  25. Hi Ali!

    I made these margaritas for Cinco de Mayo tonight! They were great.   I did end up adding a bit of agave as I had some in the cupboard but next time I may try without just to see if the Cointreau adds enough sugar to the mix. I just have one question though…the recipe lists a pitcher as 16 servings, but the notes in the recipe list a pitcher as 8 servings.  How many servings are in a pitcher? I made half of the “pitcher” recipe and I think this would equate to about 4 servings, but I don’t know if my serving size is just skewed…it is the first time I made margaritas!


    • Hi Ceili! We’re sorry for just now getting your comment. We’re glad to hear you enjoyed these, and oh my, that serving amount is definitely a typo! A pitcher is 16 servings! We apologize for the confusion!

  26. Those look so good

  27. Listen here!

    You nailed it. I live in Galveston Texas and was a friend of Santos Cruz, Inventor of the Margarita (look up the story), and this is it. I usually use the ratio of 2:1:1 tequila, triple sec, lime juice but, being on Island time and all other measurements, somewhere in the vicinity is good. Cointreau IS much richer in flavor than Triple Sec, is a great substitute. I find, even here in Galveston, there are so many bartenders that do not know the simple recipe it’s just sacriligous! Kudos to you! Preach the word!
    Here’s a trick for your readers, a Daquiri, a true Daquiri, is simply a rum margarita. And NO TRUE AFFICIONADO would use sweet sour mix! Throw that radiator fluid out!
    I’m a big fan! Until next time JC from Texas, signing off! [email protected]

    • Thank you, John, we loved your comment! There’s nothing like a classic margarita done right. :D

  28. I also noticed in one of your comments you use Camarena tequila. Great stuff. Remember folks, buy the cheap tequila. By that I mean look for the stuff that is distilled AND bottled in Jalisco. Anything bottled in this country is way overpriced and not nearly as smooth. I use Cabrito a lot, the goat. El Amo is excellent. All of these are usually half the price of that fella Jose and much better stuff.

  29. This is my favorite way to have a margarita too. Better still, add around 25% Sprite or 7UP poured on top and give it a quick mild stir. If you don’t like the sweet try Tonic or plain seltzer. The effervescence really kicks off the flavor!!! And as a rule of thumb I use one whole lime per drink.

  30. PS Always use a tequila that says on the bottle ‘100% Agave’, not ‘agave’, not ‘blue agave’, it has to say 100% Agave or 100% Blue Agave. Anything else can legally be mixed with up 50% grain alcohlol. Use 100% Agave and avoid the headache or the Tequila hangover.

  31. These are the best!!!

    Rating: 5
  32. Delicious! I love a fresh no-sugar margarita and this is perfect! Thank you for posting.

    Rating: 5
  33. These have become our go-to margs. SO GOOD.

    Rating: 5
  34. nice, great margarita recipe, like that you feature some essential margarita tools too, thank you for this!

  35. When we meet with friends it is always good to have something to take the stress out of the day, refresh and the margarita is perfect for this, I think very good but never prepared now seeing the recipe gave a crazy desire to do.

  36. Love these. I make them for my wife and friends during the summer

    Rating: 5