Texas Margarita

Say howdy to this exciting Texas margarita! Enjoy a taste of the Lone Star State with this delicious and simple cocktail recipe.

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Texas Margarita Recipe

There’s nothing quite like a good classic margarita! The tart lime juice mixed with your favorite tequila has all the delicious refreshing flavor that you know and love. But I also love variations on this classic cocktail.

Hailing from the great state of Texas, this orange juice twist on a margarita is so yummy! It’s sweetened with agave nectar and has the tart bite of both orange juice and fresh lime juice.

This unique twist on a tasty margarita is full of bold flavor, it’s no wonder it comes from Texas! Everything is bigger in Texas, right? If you’re looking for a fun new citrus cocktail to try out, then mix up some hearty Texas margaritas. This Texas-inspired ranch water cocktail is a great drink to try too.

It could be a fun swap for your morning mimosas too! The flavor is quite different, but that refreshing fresh orange juice is still the main component. So let’s grab all the ingredients you need and make this fun cocktail.

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Why you’ll love this recipe

What’s not to love about this big and bold Texas margarita? It’s got the best flavor and is super simple to make:

  • Whether it’s taco night or you just want a tasty drink, this orange margarita goes with so many different foods. It’s versatile and yet has a lovely complex flavor!
  • You can mix up one cocktail in just five minutes. But you can also make a big batch of this drink in a large pitcher when you’re hosting parties and gatherings.
  • This cocktail is great for backyard bbq’s, parties, and even brunches. Serve it whenever and wherever you want!
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Tools & glassware 

To make this sweet cocktail, you’ll need a few simple tools. Grab your favorite margarita glasses and a plate to use for rimming the glass. You’ll also need a jigger to measure the ingredients and a cocktail shaker to mix and pour the drink.

For best results, use fresh citrus juice. So make sure that you have a citrus juicer on hand and a sharp knife to slice open the limes and oranges.


These simple ingredients are all that you need to make a Texas-sized orange juice margarita:

  • tequila
  • triple sec
  • agave nectar or simple syrup
  • orange juice
  • lime juice
  • orange slice, for garnish
  • lime slice, for garnish
  • salt or sugar, for the rim

Substitutions & variations

I highly recommend using top shelf cointreau for the orange liqueur and triple sec.

You can use simple syrup instead of agave nectar. For a skinny version, use a sugar-free simple syrup. For a spicy twist on this tasty marg, use jalapeño simple syrup or jalapeño tequila.

Make some homemade margarita sugar or homemade margarita salt. If you want more sweetness in your marg, then I recommend a sugar rim. A salt rim will add a nice little bite to your cocktail. You can also use chili lime seasoning for a fun rim!

Use a candied orange slice or dehydrated orange slice for an extra fun garnish!

make it a mocktail

Want to make it non-alcoholic? Here’s what to substitute:

How to Make a Texas Margarita

Follow these step-by-step instructions to make this simple and delicious cocktail:

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To start making this drink, place margarita salt or sugar on a plate. Then rub a lime wedge around the edge of the margarita glass. Flip the glass upside down and roll the rim in salt or sugar to coat the rim evenly.

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Add ice, tequila, triple sec, agave syrup, orange juice and lime juice into a cocktail shaker. Then shake well to combine.

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Pouring cream into a glass of iced coffee.
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Strain the Texas margarita into the previously prepared glass, then garnish with an orange slice and lime slice.

Pouring a drink into a green-stemmed glass with a salted rim.

Serve and enjoy!

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Tips & tricks

Check out these simple tips and tricks to have the best success when making this drink:

  • For the best flavor, use fresh orange juice. Bottled juice will work as well, but fresh really make a whole world of difference. It’s also the best to make sure that there are no added sweeteners that can effect the flavor of the cocktail.
  • It is easiest to juice citrus if the fruit is room temperature. So leave it out of the fridge and then slice and juice for best results.
  • Serve this Texas margarita over ice to keep it chilled and enhance the flavors of the ingredients.

Food pairings

Serve this Tex-Mex cocktail with your favorite tacos and dips. Easy beef tacos are one of my favorites, and I love this marg with some queso and guacamole too.

It’s so yummy with apple cider pulled pork tacos too. You can even pair it with simple snacks like Chex mix and air fryer mozzarella sticks.

With the orange juice, it’s also kind of mimosa-like, so you could also enjoy it for breakfast or brunch alongside some make-ahead breakfast burritos.

For a fun fruity appetizer to serve with a Texas margarita, make a batch of fresh peach salsa. There are tons of tasty things to serve with this fruity drink!

Need more ideas? Check out this post with all the best ideas on what to serve with margaritas.

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What is the difference between a Texas margarita and a regular margarita?

The two drinks are actually pretty similar, but the Texas margarita adds fresh squeezed orange juice! This makes it extra fruity and gives it a different flavor profile.

What are the ingredients in a Texas margarita?

A Texas margarita has five basic ingredients — tequila, triple sec, agave nectar, orange juice, and lime juice.

Can I make this a frozen margarita?

Absolutely! Throw these ingredients and some ice into a blender and let it blend until it’s a slushy-like texture.

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A refreshing orange cocktail served in a green stemmed glass, garnished with an orange slice and presented on a white background with citrus fruits and a cocktail shaker nearby.

Texas Margarita

Yield: 1 cocktail
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Step into the heart of Texas with this delicious and citrusy Texas Margarita! So fresh, tart and tasty.
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  • 1 ½ ounce tequila
  • ½ ounce triple sec
  • ½ ounce agave nectar
  • ¾ ounce orange juice
  • ¾ ounce lime juice
  • orange slice for garnish
  • lime slice for garnish
  • salt or sugar for the rim


  • Place salt or sugar on a plate. Rub a lime wedge around the edge of a margarita glass. Roll the rim of the glass in the salt or sugar to coat the rim.
  • In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, add tequila, triple sec, agave nectar, orange juice and lime juice. Shake well.
  • Strain into the prepared margarita glass. Garnish with an orange slice and a lime slice.

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nutrition information

Yield: 1 cocktail

amount per serving:

Calories: 201kcal Carbohydrates: 19g Protein: 0.3g Fat: 0.2g Saturated Fat: 0.03g Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.02g Monounsaturated Fat: 0.01g Sodium: 3mg Potassium: 73mg Fiber: 0.2g Sugar: 16g Vitamin A: 53IU Vitamin C: 19mg Calcium: 6mg Iron: 0.1mg
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