Simple Margarita Recipe

Some of the best recipes are simple in nature, which is often where the beauty in the mix lies. This Simple Margarita Recipe is a perfect marriage of tart and tangy, sweet and salty. Though the ingredients are few, they combine into the best cocktail.

Margarita  on the rocks in a glass with a salted rim.

Simple Margarita Recipe

I may not always have the ingredients memorized for all the cocktails I’d like to mix, however, there are a few, those ones I savor as my own personal favorite whose recipe is ingrained. In no way can I claim this recipe. This mix was passed down to me and as someone who consumes margaritas regularly, I consider this the best margarita recipe.

I’ve made many margarita variations, but never, until now mastered the perfect mix of tangy-tart and sweet.

In addition to this cocktail, other margarita-inspired recipes I enjoy are this blueberry mint margarita and especially this pineapple coconut margarita.

Hands squeezing lime juice into a small bowl with cut limes surrounding.

How to Make a Margarita

The most cumbersome mixology portion of this recipe is the squeezing of the limes. After the juices have been squeezed the only step is to mix them into the others and chill.

Garnish each glass by salting the rim. Use one of the leftover limes to wet the edge and dredge the glass into a flat plate with coarse salt. Pour the cocktail over ice and enjoy.

Margaritas in glasses and cut limes and a small bowl of coarse salt.

Ingredients You’ll Need

These ingredients are the base for many of my margarita recipes such as a Gin Margarita and a Beer Margarita.

  • Limes
  • Agave Nectar
  • Tequila
  • Orange Liqueur
  • Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice (optional)
  • Lime Wedges
  • Salt

To Make a Single-Serve Margarita

Once you learn the perfect combination of each individual ingredient in this recipe your cravings may spike on occasion. On the contrary, a pitcher full may be unnecessary. To make a single serving use these measurements:

  • 2 ounces Fresh Squeezed Lime Juice (about 2 to 3 limes)
  • 2 teaspoons Agave Nectar
  • 1 ounce Orange Liqueur
  • 2 ounces Tequila
  • Splash of Fresh Squeed Orange Juice (optional)
  • Garnish: lime wedges and salt rim
Pitcher pouring margarita into a glass with a salted rim.
Margaritas in two glasses with salted rim and a bowl of limes behind.

Simple Margarita Recipe

This mix is a perfect marriage of tart and tangy, sweet and salty. Though the ingredients are few, the combine into the best cocktail.
5 from 2 votes
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Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Mexican
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 6 Drinks
Calories: 411kcal
Author: Aimee Mars


  • 15 Limes
  • 5 ounces Agave Nectar
  • 15 ounces Tequila
  • 8.5 ounces Orange Liqueur like Cointreau
  • 3 ounces Fresh Orange Juice optional


  • Lime Wedges
  • Salt for rim


  • Firmly roll each lime against a counter to loosen some of the juices. Slice in half and squeeze each lime into a measuring cup using a juice press.
  • Place the remaining ingredients into a pitcher and whisk to combine. Add the limes and continue to stir. Put in the fridge to chill for 30 minutes before serving or pour a single serving into a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake vigorously. Strain over ice.
  • To garnish use a lime wedge to wet the edge of your glass and dredge the rim into salt.


Calories: 411kcal | Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 8mg | Potassium: 183mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 32g | Vitamin A: 84IU | Vitamin C: 49mg | Calcium: 55mg | Iron: 1mg
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2 thoughts on “Simple Margarita Recipe

  1. 5 stars
    The splash of OJ in this is what my margaritas have been missing. Great recipe! Made a batch of these for game day!

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