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Homemade Margarita

Homemade Margarita

This homemade margarita is our absolute favorite. With just a handful of ingredients you’ll be on your way to Happy Hour! In this margarita recipe we make our own delicious mix using lemon and lime juice and a simple syrup.

A margarita in a clear glass with a salted rim.

 

What’s in a Margarita?

A margarita is a combination of tequila, orange-flavored liquor and lime juice served in a glass with a salted rim over ice.

 

Now, those are the basic ingredients, for a sweeter take (which I prefer) use simple syrup combined with the lemon/lime juice to make a margarita mix.

 

This margarita recipe is simple to make. Tequila, orange liquor and a simple syrup lemon-lime mix is all it takes. A salt rimmed glass and lots of ice finish off this classic cocktail!

 

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Homemade Margarita Mix

Let’s start with the mix. Forget the store-bought stuff. Making a margarita mix is really easy and doesn’t take very long at all. A margarita mix is essentially a sweet and sour mix.

 

Simple syrup combined with lime juice, lemon juice, or both. Here we go for both. I like the sweetness and unique flavor the lemons bring to the party!

 

To make the homemade Margarita mix you will need

  • 3 cups Water
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • ½ cup Fresh Lemon Juice, about 3-5 lemons, depending on how large and juicy they are
  • ½ cup Fresh Lime Juice, about 4-6 limes, depending on how large and juicy they are

 

First, make a simple syrup.

Heat the water and the sugar in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Keep warming the water until the sugar dissolves and the water looks clear.

 

Use a whisk and stir the mixture occasionally. This will take just a few minutes.

 

Take the saucepan off the heat and let the simple syrup cool a bit. While it cools, juice the lemons and limes

 

Use a strainer to catch any seeds. Combine the lemon and lime juice with the simple syrup and stir well.

 

Place the margarita mix in a sealable container and refrigerate until cold. I like to use a couple of canning jars to store the mix.

 

They don’t take up a lot of room in the refrigerator and you can shake them without worrying about spills. The margarita mix will keep in the refrigerator for a couple of days.

 

This recipe will yield about 4 cups of margarita mix.

 

What glass do I use for my Margarita?

Margarita glasses are lovely. I think the glass is part of the appeal of this classic drink. If you don’t have margarita glasses, don’t let that stop you! Just use a tall (roughly 12 ounce) glass instead.

 

How to Make a Margarita

Alright, now that we have our mix ready, time to make a margarita! In this recipe we go with Cuervo Gold for the tequila. It’s what we drink, so it’s what we have in stock.  Oh, but I know tequila is a very personal choice, so use your favorite brand.

 

For the orange-flavored liqueur we go with Grand Marnier, which is a cognac and orange liqueur. Cointreau and Triple Sec are also two popular orange-flavored liqueurs commonly used in margaritas.

Ingredients for a homemade margarita displayed on a white wood board.

 

You will need

Ice

1½ ounces Tequila

1 ounce Grand Marnier (or other orange-flavored liqueur)

4 ounces Margarita Mix

1 Lime Wedge, plus more for garnish, if desired

Coarse Salt for the Glass Rim

 

You will also need

A cocktail shaker with a strainer

 

Make the Margarita

  • Add the coarse salt to a small plate. A salad plate works well.
  • Run the lime wedge around the rim of the glass to moisten.
  • Place the glass in the salt and press it gently. The salt will adhere to the rim.

Ingredients for a margarita displayed, with an empty margarita glass with a salt rim in the front.

 

  • Fill the margarita glass with ice. Then, half fill the cocktail shaker with ice.
  • Add the tequila, orange liqueur and the margarita mix to the cocktail shaker. Cover the shaker tightly and shake, shake, shake.
  • Strain the margarita into your prepared glass, garnish with a lime wedge and enjoy! Or, make one for your partner then enjoy!

A close up picture of a margarita with a blue, salted rim, a lime wedge floating in it with a black straw.

 

If you need some great food to go with those margaritas, try one of these recipes for an easy, delicious dinner:

 

If you rather have appetizers, try one of these:

 

A margarita in a clear glass with a salted rim.
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Homemade Margarita

This homemade margarita is our absolute favorite. With just a handful of ingredients you’ll be on your way to Happy Hour! In this margarita recipe we make our own delicious mix using lemon and lime juice and a simple syrup.
Prep Time5 mins
Prepare the Margarita Mix15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Mexican & Southwestern
Keyword: homemade margarita, homemade margarita mix, margarita on the rocks
Servings: 1
Calories: 290kcal
Author: Elizabeth

Ingredients

  • 1 Lime Wedge plus more for garnish if desired
  • Coarse Salt for the Glass Rim
  • Ice
  • ounces Tequila
  • 1 ounce Grand Marnier or other orange-flavored liqueur
  • 4 ounces Margarita Mix

Instructions

  • Add the coarse salt to a small plate.
  • Run the lime wedge around the rim of the glass to moisten.
  • Place the glass in the salt and press it gently. The salt will adhere to the rim.
  • Fill the glass with ice
  • Half fill a cocktail shaker with ice
  • Add the tequila, orange liqueur and the margarita mix to the cocktail shaker. Cover the shaker tightly and shake well.
  • Strain the margarita into your prepared glass, garnish with a lime wedge and enjoy!

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Nutrition

Calories: 290kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Sodium: 83mg | Sugar: 33g | Vitamin C: 5.2mg
The nutritional information above is computer generated and is only an estimate. There is no guarantee that it is accurate.This data is provided as a courtesy for informational purposes only.


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