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posted: 04/19/24

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Our Margarita Mix is the key to the best margarita. Made with just three ingredients, when combined with tequila and orange liqueur you have the perfect margarita.

Many years ago, my best friend gave me her family’s recipe for the perfect margarita. The secret to this perfect margarita was making a mixture of water, sugar, fresh lime, and fresh lemon juice. Meet your new favorite recipe: Homemade Margarita Mix. It is so simple to make, but makes for the absolute best margaritas.

Margarita Mix Ingredients

The ingredients that make this homemade margarita mix are so simple! They combine to create the perfect blend of sweet, tart, and oh-so-delicious. Skip the additives, preservatives, and extra sweeteners of store-bought mixes and make your own. This mix is made without alcohol, so can be used as a mixer in many drinks and cocktails.

  • Sugar: Adds the perfect amount of sweetness. When simmered with water, the sugar dissolves making a simple syrup that dissolves into cold liquids better than sugar alone.
  • Fresh lemons and limes: The combination of both lemon and lime juices provides a refreshing tart citrus flavor. Fresh citrus juice always has the best and most refreshing flavor, so buying some lemons and limes and juicing them really makes this the best margarita mix. I share more on how to get the most juice from your lemons and limes below.

How to Make Margarita Mix

This simple margarita mix recipe comes together in just a few simple steps. For the full recipe including all measurements, see the recipe card at the bottom of the post.

  • Make a simple syrup. Stir together sugar and water in a small saucepan and simmer until it is fully dissolved.
  • Let it cool. Pour it into a jar and let it come to room temperature.
  • Add the lemon and lime juices. Enjoy right away or store for later. You are ready to make a single margarita or an entire pitcher!
Measuring cups of ingredients for Margarita Mix recipe. Lemon and lime beside.

Getting the Most Juice From Your Lemons

A few steps are helpful in getting the most juice from your lemons and limes.

  • Put the fruit in the microwave for 10 seconds then roll it on the counter for a few seconds to get the juices flowing.
  • After microwaving and rolling the fruit, I use a citrus juicer, a handy tool that helps get the most juice out. Strain the juice to remove any pulp and seeds before adding it to the recipe.
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How to Make Margaritas With Mix

The trio of ingredients that make up the best margarita are this mix, tequila, and orange-flavored liqueur. Here is a brief overview of how it all comes together. Be sure to scroll to the recipe card at the bottom of the page for the full recipe including all ingredients and measurements.

  • Prepare your glasses. Salt the rim and fill with ice.
  • Mix ingredients. Combine the ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake to combine.
  • Strain into the prepared glasses and enjoy!

The Best Margarita Recipe

Margarita garnished with lime wedge and salted rim

Margarita Tips

  • Use good quality tequila. The best tequila for any cocktail is one that is labeled “100% agave.” I suggest using a gold tequila, as it has been aged longer and has a richer flavor than silver tequila.
  • Don’t skip salting the rim. Run a lime wedge around the rim of your glass and dip it in a shallow plate of kosher salt to rim the glass. Enjoy the salty goodness with each sip!

Make skinny margarita mix!

Swap the sugar with stevia or monk fruit to make this recipe a skinny margarita mix. Follow the manufacturers conversion for how much to use to replace one cup of sugar.

Storing Margarita Mix

Homemade margarita mix can be stored in a jar or airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one week. If you want it to last longer, it can also be frozen! Transfer the mix to a freezer-safe container, leaving room at the top for it to expand, and store in the freezer for up to three months. Keep it on hand for any time a craving for a refreshing margarita strikes! Give it a good stir or shake if it has been sitting.

FAQ

How many margaritas does this make?

Two pitchers or 16 margaritas.

Does margarita mix go bad?

Like everything, there is a period of time when it is best to use ingredients for the best flavor and most importantly, food safety purposes. I recommend keeping this homemade margarita mix in the fridge for up to one week, or in the freezer for up to one month. It is simple to make more so if you are questioning it, toss it and make a fresh batch.

Does margarita mix have alcohol?

This recipe for margarita mix does not contain any alcohol.

Margaritas with lime wedges

Margarita Recipes

All of these margarita recipes use this homemade mix! You are sure to find your next favorite.

If you make this homemade margarita mix recipe or any of my other recipes, let me know how you enjoyed it by leaving a comment below!

Bottle of Margarita Mix with lime slices beside
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Margarita Mix

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Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 20 minutes

Ingredients

Margarita Mix Ingredients

  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup fresh lime juice about 7 limes
  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice about 2 lemons

Margarita Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 ounce tequila
  • 1 1/2 ounce margarita mix
  • 3/4 ounce orange liqueur such as Cointreau or triple sec

Instructions

Margarita Mix

  • Simmer 2 cups of water and 1 cup of granulated sugar over medium heat until it is fully dissolved.
  • Pour it into a jar and let it come to room temperature.
  • Add 1/2 cup of lemon juice and 1/2 cup lime juice.
  • Store it in a sealed container for a week or for up to a month in the freezer.

Margarita

  • Rim a tumbler glass with lime juice, then dip in salt. Fill the glass with ice.
  • Combine the ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake to combine.
  • Strain the cocktail into the prepared glass.

Notes

Calorie information is for 1 1/4 cup, what you need for one pitcher of margaritas.
Calories: 416kcal (21%) Carbohydrates: 109g (36%) Sodium: 8mg Potassium: 137mg (4%) Sugar: 102g (113%) Vitamin C: 57.8mg (70%) Calcium: 20mg (2%) Iron: 0.2mg (1%)
Author: Lisa Longley
Course: cocktails
Cuisine: American
Bottle of Margarita Mix with lime slices beside

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