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Two margaritas in blue-rimmed hand-blown Mexican margarita glasses.


A good Margarita needs no frills: just high-quality tequila, triple sec, and the freshest citrus juice. Simple syrup is optional, and use a blend of lemon and lime for deeper flavors.
Course Drinks
Cuisine American, Mexican
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 4 cocktails (8 oz each)
Calories 369kcal



  • In a small pitcher, add tequila, triple sec, lemon juice, lime juice, water, and simple syrup. Stir to combine. Chill in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour.
  • In a shallow dish as wide as your serving glass, add Margarita salt (or kosher salt) to 1/4-inch deep. Run a lime wedge around the top of each glass, then dip the top of the glass upside-down into the salt and turn to coat.
  • Fill each rimmed glass about half full with ice. Add margarita mixture, garnish with a lime wedge, and serve immediately.


  1. Tequila: Tequila blanco is lighter in body and perfect for making cocktails like this one. Tequila reposado (which means “rested” and is aged in oak for at least 2 months) is ideal for sipping.
  2. Triple sec: Or any orange-flavored liqueur such as Cointreau or Grand Marnier.
  3. Simple syrup: To make it yourself, combine 1 cup water and 1 cup sugar in a small saucepan over medium heat. Stir until sugar is dissolved (do not boil). Remove from heat and cool before adding 1 tablespoon (or more to taste) to your cocktail shaker with the other ingredients. Store leftover simple syrup covered in the refrigerator for 3-4 weeks.
  4. Margarita salt: Homemade margarita salt is fun to make when you’re feeling extra. Or, use kosher salt or even sugar.
  5. Yield: This recipe makes a batch of 4 cocktails, 8 ounces each.
  6. Glassware: A Margarita glass is the classic choice, but I love how approachable a lowball glass is for happy hour.
  7. Bigger batch: To make a larger batch of 8 cocktails, combine 16 ounces (2 cups) tequila, 16 ounces (2 cups) triple sec, 12 ounces (1 1/2 cups) lemon juice, 12 ounces (1 1/2 cups) lime juice, 8 ounces (1 cup) water, and 4 ounces (1/2 cup) simple syrup in a pitcher. Have ice, glassware, a salt-rimming station, and garnishes on hand so guests can help themselves.
  8. Frozen margarita: Add ice to your blender to taste and blend until slushy (I like about 5 cups of ice).


Serving: 1cocktail | Calories: 369kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 16mg | Potassium: 139mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 31g | Vitamin A: 33IU | Vitamin C: 34mg | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 1mg