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The Best Margarita Recipe

This is hands down the BEST Margarita Recipe. With it's easy to find ingredients, and perfect flavor, you will leave all the other recipes behind. We have instructions to make one cocktail or a whole pitcher!
Prep Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: cocktails
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: cocktail
Servings: 6 margaritas
Author: Lisa Longley


One Margarita

  • 1 1/2 oz tequila
  • 1 1/2 oz sweet and sour
  • 3/4 oz triple sec

Pitcher of Margaritas (6 margaritas)

Sweet and Sour Mix (makes 3 1/2 cups, enough for two pitchers)

  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup fresh lime juice about 5 - 7 small limes
  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice about 2 medium lemons


To Make Homemade Sweet and Sour 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 to the cooled sugar mixture.
  • Store it in a sealed container for a week or for up to a month in the freezer.

To Make a Pitcher of Margaritas

  • Combine all ingredients in a large pitcher and serve over ice.

To Make a Single Margarita

  • Pour the ingredients over ice and stir gently.

How to Garnish a Margarita Glass

  • Cut a small slice in a lime wedge and rub it gnerously around the edge of the glass.
  • Pour kosher salt onto a plate and dip the glass, and the upper edge of the sides of the glass in the salt.