The VERY BEST Margarita recipe

Looking for the very best Margarita recipe? Look no further, my friend! When we head out to a restaurant, I am typically a ‘white wine please' gal. That being said, our favorite Mexican restaurants are the ones whose Margaritas have passed THE test.

I can honestly say, without hesitation, that my dad makes THE BEST MARGARITA! Hands down! No Question!

Not that I want to make you feel insecure about our national security, but I'm convinced he honed his bar-tending skills during his 26 years in the US Navy. My dad was a submariner, so after 6 months underwater they were always ready for a party when they came back home.How to make the perfect Margarita. The Very Best Margarita recipe is the perfect blend of sweet & sour, with 4 simple ingredients.

It's because of my dad and his oh-so-perfect margarita recipe that I consider myself a bit of a margarita snob. I can't just order a margarita in a restaurant without interrogating the server about the specific ingredients in their margarita.

And with Cinco de Mayo next week, you will be the go-to bartender with this Margarita recipe! But, do yourself a favor and don't limit yourself to just having this delicious libation once a year. Once you've tasted the clean, brisk and simple flavor of this drink, you'll be spoiled too.

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How to make the Very Best Margarita

In my humble, yet educated (through years of Margarita tastings) opinion…the very best Margarita recipe has 4 very simple ingredients…Good Tequila, Fresh Lime Juice, Simple Syrup and just a splash of Triple Sec or Cointreau. Oh, and of course you need legit Margarita glasses! I have 2 boxes of these which are perfect for entertaining larger crowds.How to make the perfect margarita

Let's talk Tequila a minute…while there are variations within the two types of Tequila, generally they fall into the Silver or Gold category. The Silver, which is the clear, colorless tequila is usually cleaner and crisper tequila while the Golds tend to have more of a caramel, earthy tone given that they are aged in barrels. I'm a Silver gal, but that's just a personal preference; use the tequila of your choice.

And while it definitely takes a bit more time, freshly squeezed limes are the way to go. Depending on your lime, you can get close to 2 ounces out of a large one. I use an electric citrus juicer. If you just don't have time to juice your own, use RealLime as opposed to limeade.Fresh limes for the best margarita

N&N Tip: Microwave your limes for 20 seconds and then roll them on the counter to help get the juices flowing!


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The Very Best Margaritas

A fresh and crisp Margarita...just sweet enough but not too sweet.

Course Drinks
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword margarita, drinks, cocktail, beverage, alcohol, tequila, triple sec, THE BEST, recipe
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 1 person
Calories 330 kcal


  • 3 ounces Tequila, Chilled
  • 2 ounces Freshly Squeezed Lime Juice, Chilled (or bottled lime juice)
  • 1 ounce Simple Syrup, Chilled 1 part sugar and 1 part water
  • 1/2 ounce Triple Sec or Cointreau


  1. If you like your rim salted, run a little lime around the edge of your glass and in salt.

  2. If you like your Margarita on the rocks: put ice in your glass, mix all ingredients in a cocktail shaker and pour over the ice. Top with a slice of lime.

  3. If you like your Margarita chilled but not over ice in your glass: add all ingredients to cocktail shaker, fill with ice, shake for 10-20 seconds and then strain into your glass. Top with a slice of lime.

  4. Easily multiplied for larger batches.

Nutrition Facts
The Very Best Margaritas
Amount Per Serving
Calories 330
% Daily Value*
Sodium 19mg 1%
Potassium 66mg 2%
Total Carbohydrates 30g 10%
Sugars 26g
Vitamin C 20.6%
Iron 5.7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Feliz Cinco de Mayo¡

Pin for your Cinco de Mayo planning! Or…just because you want THE VERY BEST MARGARITA RECIPE!

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  1. Tammy

    April 26, 2017 at 9:41 am

    Hi Lynn,
    OK…now I think I have a problem. It is 8:30 in the morning and I am suddenly craving a margarita! Perhaps I should wait till later. 🙂 I love a good margarita and can’t wait to give this recipe a try. Thank you for the great roundup of recipes and for sharing my rice recipe!

  2. Jane, The Heritage Cook

    April 26, 2017 at 5:46 pm

    Wow, what a line up you have here Lynn (thanks for including my carnitas recipe) and those margaritas are calling my name! They are begging for hot summer evenings on the patio with good friends and lots of laughter! Andale!

    • lynn

      May 9, 2017 at 7:08 am

      Hey Jane, you are so welcome…thanks for a great looking recipe. We are ready for those patio dinners as well…seems winter decided to make one last visit here in Southeastern NC.

      I’m looking forward to making those carnitas…they have been on my to-do list for some time.

      Have a great day.

      Hugs, Lynn

  3. Sarah Vanderkooy

    April 26, 2017 at 10:40 pm

    This sounds amazing, I love a good margarita but have never had luck making a decent one at home. I am definitely trying your recipe, maybe for Cinco de Mayo!

  4. Carolann

    April 27, 2017 at 8:59 am

    Oh those Bruschetta look sooooo good! I make them all them time. We love them! I can’t wait to try that Margarita recipe too. It’s too early to be this hungry lol

  5. Cynthia M Pastor

    April 27, 2017 at 11:43 am

    Recipes look amazing! Will have to try the Margarita and Fish Tacos soon!

    • lynn

      May 9, 2017 at 7:06 am

      Hi Cynthia and so sorry that I am just seeing this. Hope your Cinco de Mayo was delicious and that you enjoyed Dad’s Margaritas! It’s 7 am in the morning and just thinking about those margaritas is making my mouth water…not a good way to start the day!

      Thanks again for swinging by and leaving your kind comment.

      Hugs, Lynn

  6. Michelle from Weekend Craft

    May 1, 2017 at 8:33 am

    I am a Silver girl too. I like patron but my budget like hornitos 😉

  7. Tara @ Lehman Lane

    May 2, 2017 at 3:34 pm

    Already pinned and def planning on making this margarita recipe Friday!

    • lynn

      May 4, 2017 at 7:59 am

      Enjoy Tara! I know I’ll be throwing one back on Friday as well! Happy Cinco de Mayo!

      Hugs, Lynn


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