Homemade Margarita Mix

Say goodbye to store-bought mixes laden with artificial ingredients and make your own fresh, zesty, homemade Margarita Mix. Whether you’re hosting a gathering or simply craving a refreshing tequila cocktail, this DIY mix promises to take your margarita night to new heights.

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Homemade Margarita Mix recipe

Fact #1: Store-bought margarita mixes are too sour, too sweet and too artificial-tasting.

Fact #2: You can’t deny how convenient it is to have the makings for a margarita ready to go.

Fact #3: This homemade margarita mix is so easy to make and so much better than the store-bought stuff!

This simple homemade margarita mix has just three ingredients: real lime juice, sugar, and water.

Skip the artificial additives found in store-bought mixes and start crafting classic, refreshing margaritas at home that taste like they’re straight from your favorite taco place. (All you’ll be missing is chips and guacamole!)

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Why you’ll love this recipe

Those homemade margarita mix might be your new favorite, because…

  • Higher-quality ingredients make for a tastier margarita.
  • This mix is super easy to make at home, and even easier to make margaritas with it.
  • It’s a great way to elevate your next taco night or dinner party with ready-to-go margaritas.

This mix is perfect for Taco Tuesday, guys’ or girls’ night, Cinco de Mayo celebrations or anytime you want a good margarita. It is the real deal.

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Tools & glassware

For homemade margarita mix, you’ll need a pitcher or a big mixing bowl to combine everything. To get fresh lime juice from real limes, you’ll want to use a citrus juicer or squeezer.

To make a homemade margarita, you’ll also need a jigger, a cocktail shaker and a hawthorne strainer. However, if you’re making drinks for a party, you can mix everything together in a pitcher, including the tequila.

Margaritas can be served in rocks glasses and stemless martini glasses, as well as coupe glasses and margarita glasses.

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Ingredients

Margarita mix is different from sour mix, which contains both lemon and lime juices. Sour mix can be used to make margaritas, but the flavor will be slightly different.

Here’s what you’ll need to grab at the grocery store to make this recipe:

Lime juice: Fresh lime juice tastes the best, but if you’re making a big batch, I understand wanting to cut a few corners. You can usually find larger bottles of lime juice or, better yet, organic lime juice, at most grocery stores.

Simple syrup: You can purchase this or make your own. Simple syrup is incredibly easy to make with just granulated sugar and water. You can use agave nectar instead, but it can make the color a bit darker. 

Tequila: While there’s no tequila in the mix, you will certainly need it to make margaritas! However, you can also use it in virgin margaritas and sip it on its own or with a zero-proof spirit such as Ritual tequila alternative.

Garnishes: You’ll also need to cut up lime wedges or lime wheels, and you should rim the glasses with margarita salt or sugar. For a party, you may wish to offer guests both salt and sugar, as everyone has a preference.

A homemade margarita in a glass with limes and salt.

Variations and substitutions

Try one of these variations on this recipe:

Flavored margarita mix: You can use a flavored simple syrup like strawberry simple syrup to make a mix.

Frozen margaritas: Use the mix with tequila and ice in the blender for an ice-cold, frozen version.

Daiquiri mix: Use this mix to make classic daiquiris. Just use light rum instead of tequila.

Mojito mix: Instead of plain simple syrup, use mint syrup to make this into a classic mojito mix, then combine it with light rum.

A person pouring homemade margarita mix into a glass jar.
A homemade margarita mix being poured into a glass pitcher.

How to make Margarita Mix

Making margarita mix is super easy.

  1. First, you will need to make a simple syrup. Combine granulated sugar with water on the stove and stir until dissolved. Remove from heat and let the syrup cool.
  2. Then, in a pitcher or mixing bowl, combine the simple syrup with the lime juice and stir until combined.
  3. If serving all of it, add tequila to the pitcher as well. Place in the fridge until ready to serve. Be sure to use the mix within 7-10 days. 
A blue plate with a lime wedge on it, accompanied by a gold jigger.

How to make margaritas with Margarita Mix

Once you have margarita mix, it’s time to make margaritas! The BEST time, if you ask me.

Place salt or sugar on a plate. Rub a lime wedge around the edge of the glass (or glasses). Roll the rim of the glasses in the salt to coat the rim.

For 1 margarita, shake 2 ounces tequila and 2 ounces margarita mix together in a cocktail shaker. 

For a pitcher of margaritas, combine 4 cups tequila with 4 cups of margarita mix. Pour into rimmed glasses. 

Garnish with lime slices or lime wedges. 

Tips & tricks

Here are some tips and tricks for making this recipe:

  • Use fresh lime juice for the freshest taste, but the bottled concentrate will work perfectly fine.
  • This recipe is easily scaleable up or down. Use ½ cup measures for a smaller batch, or double it if you are planning a party.
  • Blanco tequila is light, bright and perfect for these lime margaritas.
A homemade margarita in a glass with a lime wedge.

FAQ

What is the difference between sour mix and margarita mix?

Sour mix and margarita mix are very similar. Both contain a sugar sweetener and citrus. Sour mix usually contains lemon juice and lime juice, while margarita mix has only lime juice. 

Can you make margarita mix?

Yes, margarita mix is easy to make with just sugar, water and lime juice. You can then mix it with tequila to make drinks.

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Homemade Margarita Mix

Yield: 16 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Craft refreshing margaritas with homemade margarita mix using tequila, sugar and real lime juice for a delightful burst of citrus flavor.
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ingredients

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 cups lime juice
  • 4 cups blanco tequila
  • 1 cup orange liqueur optional

instructions

  • First, make a simple syrup. Combine granulated sugar with water on the stove over low heat and stir until dissolved, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and let the syrup cool.
  • In a pitcher or mixing bowl, combine the cooled simple syrup with the lime juice and stir until combined.
  • If serving all of it, add tequila to the pitcher as well. If you wish to add an orange liqueur, use 3 cups tequila and 1 cup orange liqueur instead. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
  • For a margarita, combine 2 ounces tequila and 2 ounces margarita mix. If you wish to use triple sec or a higher-end orange liqueur like Cointreau, use 1½ ounces tequila and ½ ounce triple sec.

notes

Makes 4 cups margarita mix (8 cups if you add the tequila). Makes 16 servings
Use fresh lime juice for the freshest taste, but the bottled concentrate will work perfectly fine. For fresh lime juice, you will need about 16 limes.
This recipe is easily scaleable up or down. Use ½ cup measures for a smaller batch, or double it if you are planning a party.
 

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nutrition information

Yield: 16 servings

amount per serving:

Serving: 4ounces Calories: 194kcal Carbohydrates: 15g Protein: 0.1g Fat: 0.1g Saturated Fat: 0.003g Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.01g Monounsaturated Fat: 0.003g Sodium: 2mg Potassium: 37mg Fiber: 0.1g Sugar: 13g Vitamin A: 15IU Vitamin C: 9mg Calcium: 5mg Iron: 0.1mg
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