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Classic Margarita Recipe

On the rocks or blended, there are many ways to serve a Classic Margarita! Who doesn’t love a cold refreshing homemade margarita on a warm summer day?

Classic Margarita Recipe

Homemade Margarita Recipe

Summer is soon upon us and nothing rings in the season like the cold, crisp, distinctive favor of a classic lime margarita. Even if you can’t get your feet in some warm sand any time soon, sipping this delicious margarita you could almost feel the warm ocean breeze and hear the crashing of waves.

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Classic Margarita Recipe

How to choose the best margarita mix

There are so many margarita mixes out there, how on earth do you pick the right one? Sure, you could go to the store and pick one up, but nothing beats the dynamic flavor of a fresh homemade margarita mix.

But what is the BEST homemade margarita recipe? Well, look no further, as I am quite convinced this recipe will be the answer to all your summer margarita needs!

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Classic Margarita Recipe

Which alcohol is best?

Now that you have taken the plunge in making the best margarita around, where do you start? The alcohol you pick is an important step.

There are so very many options out there: Triple Sec, Cointreau, Grand Marnier…the list goes on. The good news is, you can really use any of them. However, the higher the quality, the better the margarita.

I highly recommend and prefer Patron Citronage. It comes in several flavors to mix things up such as lime, orange, pineapple, and even mango.

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Classic Margarita Recipe

Are fresh limes necessary for a good margarita?

The next important thing, as all margarita lovers know, is the lime.

You may be wondering, do I really need to use FRESH lime in my margaritas?

Absolutely, freshly squeezed lime juice is the key to making the best and most stellar homemade margarita! So get those hands squeezing and watch out for your eyes!

Our Raspberry Margarita Recipe is great too!

Classic Margarita Recipe

Do you need special bar equipment to make a good margarita?

Don’t have a blender? Try your margarita on the rocks!

Don’t have a cocktail shaker either? Try adding your ingredients (except the ice) into a travel coffee mug, mason jar, or another vessel with a secure lid.

Shake and pour, taking care to strain out the ice and seeds if desired.

You can also use two slightly different sized plastic cups and place one on top of the other to make a shaker.

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Classic Margarita Recipe

Can you add flavor to your margarita?

Looking to shake up your margarita from the traditional lime? Try various flavors by adding muddled fresh fruit. There are so many other great flavors and combinations for you to experiment with: strawberry, mango, raspberry, blackberry, or pineapple

You can even mishmash your drinks and serve a Margarita Mimosa!

Like your drink a little sweeter? Mix in some of this easy, homemade Lemon Lime Simple Syrup!

Try our Cherry Syrup to flavor your homemade margarita!

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How do you “muddle” something?

Never muddled fruit before?

Have no fear, it’s a fun word for a very simple process that will add pizazz to your homemade margarita. A mortar and pestle is a great tool to use for muddling, however, a simple wooden spoon and bowl will also do the trick.

To muddle fruit you must first cut the fresh fruit into pieces and add them to your bowl or mortar bowl. If desired, sugar can be added now as well.

Using the pestle or wooden spoon, firmly press down on the fruit and twist. Release. Repeat this until the fruit is adequately crushed and you can smell the incredible aroma from your fruit of choice.

Now that your fruit is properly pulverized add it along with the lime. Voila, fancy-flavored homemade margarita!

Muddling is great for a good Mojito too!

Classic Margarita Recipe

What’s the best garnish for margaritas?

Now that your drink mix is prepared it’s time to unveil your masterpiece.

The final touch to the best homemade margarita? A beautifully salted rim, of course!

Add your kosher salt (or sea salt if you wish) into a shallow dish. Fill another shallow dish with water or lime juice. Dip your margarita glass first in the liquid of choice, and then into the salt.

Finally, add a slice of lime to the rim for a picture-perfect drink.

You’ll also want to garnish it with another fresh slice of lime and a straw.

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Classic Margarita Recipe

What can you serve with margaritas?

Now that you have an incredible and icy cold homemade margarita in hand (and have probably made the neighbors thirsty), what better to pair it with than some delectable tacos?

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Classic Margarita Recipe
Yield: 1 drink

Classic Margarita Recipe

Classic Margarita Recipe

This homemade margarita recipe features fresh lime juice, silver tequila, Patron Citronge, and simple syrup to make the freshest and best tasting margarita you've ever had!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Chill time 2 minutes
Total Time 7 minutes


  • 3 ounces lime juice, freshly squeezed
  • 1 ounce simple syrup
  • 2 ounces silver tequila
  • 1 ounce Patron Cirtonge or Orange-flavored liqueur
  • Salt for rim of glass


  1. Combine all ingredients except the salt in a shaker with ice. Shake vigorously.
  2. Strain into a glass with fresh ice, or add the whole mixture to the blender and pulse until blended.
  3. Rim the glass with salt, if desired, and pour drink into glass.
  4. Serve cold!

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 333Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 101521mgCarbohydrates: 41gFiber: 1gSugar: 30gProtein: 1g

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Nicole Johnson

Nicole Johnson, a self-taught expert in grilling and outdoor cooking, launched Or Whatever You Do in 2010. Her blog, renowned for its comprehensive and creative outdoor cooking recipes, has garnered a vast audience of millions. Nicole's hands-on experience and passion for grilling shine through her work. Her husband, Jeremiah Johnson, also plays a pivotal role in recipe development, adding his culinary flair to the mix. Together, they form a dynamic duo, offering a rich and varied outdoor cooking experience to their followers.

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