Classic Margarita

This classic margarita recipe, made with homemade simple syrup, tequila and freshly squeed lime juice, is perfect for the summer season! Ready in just 5 minutes, you only need 4 ingredients to make this easy margarita.

Looking for more cocktail recipes? Try my Cranberry Margaritas, Blood Orange Mojito or my Classic Mint Mojito!

Top shot of margarita with lime wedges inside glass.

The Perfect Classic Margarita Recipe

The unofficial start of summer is less than a week away, and what better way to kick off the season than with fresh margaritas on the rocks? I just love the combination of sweet and sour in this classic margarita recipe.

Now, to be honest, I have not always had an appreciation for margaritas. The first I had was a pre-made bottle of margarita mix with instructions to “just add tequila.” To this day, I cringe at the thought of all the sour mix that has been added to my drinks over the years! Alas, I finally decided to make my own margaritas — completely sour mix free. And now, I’m a huge fan of this classic cocktail!

So learn from my mistakes. You don’t need to suffer through instant or pre-made margaritas! They’re so easy to make and taste so much better when they’re homemade.

Top shot of empty cocktail glass next to sliced limes.

Ingredients

  • Sugar: To make the simple syrup for this margarita recipe, I combine sugar and water. You can substitute with store-bought simple syrup if needed.
  • Tequila: I use Patron Silver Tequila 100% Agave for my margaritas, but you can always opt for your own favorite. I usually try to stay within the silver (or clear) tequilas over the more flavorful reposado or añejo versions.
  • Lime juice: A simple but key ingredient, I always like to have a few limes around when making this classic margarita recipe. Lime juice is used in the actual margarita, plus used to rim the glass — and I always like to add a lime wedge to garnish, too!

Top shot of lime juice being squeed from wedge into cocktail shaker.

How to make a Classic Margarita

  1. Make simple syrup: First add sugar and water to a small saucepan. Then cook until the sugar is dissolved. This usually takes about a minute on medium-high heat. After the sugar has dissolved, take the simple syrup mixture off heat and allow to cool.
  2. Prep the glass: Next use a lime and rim the glass to give the sugar or salt something to adhere to. Then dip your glass into either salt or sugar.
  3. Combine ingredients: Finally, combine the simple syrup (water and sugar mixture), tequila, and lime juice. Then use a shaker or cocktail stirrer to combine. Finally, pour your margarita over ice, add a slice of lime for garnish and enjoy!

Top shot of classic margarita with lime wedges inside glass.

Tips for making the perfect Classic Margarita

  • Use fresh lime juice: Fresh lime juice really is the best! To get the most juice out of your limes, first slice in half then roll the lime out on the counter-top, pushing down to release the juices.
  • Sugar vs. salt: Today I chose to use sugar because I prefer the added sweetness, but if you’re looking for something to balance out the sweetness of the margarita, you can opt for salt instead. Either way, be sure to rim the glass with lime juice first so the sugar or salt will stick to the glass. If I am having a party with a pitcher of margaritas I will usually sit two plates of sugar and salt to rim each glass with — to each their own, after all!
  • Add fresh fruit: I love margaritas because they are so easy to customize! Keep things simple with this classic margarita recipe or experiment with different flavors, like my Mixed Berry Margaritas. You can add in any of your favorite fruits for an extra sweet touch.
  • Make it frozen: While my recipe leads to a margarita on the rocks, you can always use the same recipe and blend. This will give you the classic frozen margarita you crave from your favorite restaurants.

Hand holding glass filled with margarita and ice with jalapeño slices on top.

Spice up your Classic Margarita

Looking for a twist on this classic Margarita? Jalapeño margaritas have made their way to restaurant menus everywhere! Make your own version at home by adding sliced jalapeños or use jalapeño flavored vodka. If you can’t find jalapeño flavored vodka at the liquor store, then make your own by placing jalapeños in tequila and allowing it to sit overnight.

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Classic Margarita

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1

This classic margarita recipe, made with homemade simple syrup, tequila and freshly squeed lime juice, is perfect for the summer season! Ready in just a few minutes, you only need 4 ingredients to make this easy margarita.

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoon sugar
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 2 ounce tequila
  • 3 oz lime juice

Instructions

  • Add sugar and water to a small saucepan and cook until the sugar is dissolved. This usually takes about a minute on medium high heat. Take off heat and allow to cool.
  • Rim the glass with lime juice, then coat in sugar or salt.
  • Combine simple syrup (water and sugar mixture), tequila, and lime juice. Stir and pour over ice. Garnish with lime wedge if desired.

Recipe Notes

  • Use fresh lime juice: Fresh lime juice really is the best! To get the most juice out of your limes, first slice in half then roll the lime out on the counter-top, pushing down to release the juices.
  • Sugar vs. salt: Today I choose to use sugar because I prefer the added sweetness, but if you're looking for something to balance out the sweetness of the margarita, you can opt for salt instead. Either way, be sure to rim the glass with lime juice first so the sugar or salt will stick to the glass. If I am having a party with a pitcher of margaritas I will usually sit two plates of sugar and salt to rim each glass with -- to each their own, after all!
  • Add fresh fruit: I love margaritas because they are so easy to customize! Keep things simple with this classic margarita recipe or experiment with different flavors, like my Mixed Berry Margaritas. You can add in any of your favorite fruits for an extra sweet touch.
  • Make it frozen: While my recipe leads to a margarita on the rocks, you can always use the same recipe and blend. This will give you the classic frozen margarita you crave from your favorite restaurants.
Nutrition Facts
Classic Margarita
Amount Per Serving
Calories 292 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 5mg0%
Potassium 101mg3%
Carbohydrates 43g14%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 37g41%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 43IU1%
Vitamin C 26mg32%
Calcium 14mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Cocktails, Drinks, Easy Recipe, Margarita

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