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Classic Margaritas

Homemade Classic Margarita recipe using just 4 simple ingredients.  You'll want to ditch that bottle of mix in no time.
Prep Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: Drink
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: margarita recipe, pitcher of margaritas, restaurant margarita
Servings: 20 (a pitcher)
Calories: 210kcal


  • 30 oz tequila (reposado or silver are my faves) (approximately 3.75 cups)
  • 20 oz orange liqueur (Cointreau is my fave) (approximately 2.5 cups)
  • 15 oz fresh lime juice (a little bit less than 2 cups)
  • 5 oz simple syrup (approximately 1/2 cup plus 2 Tbsp)
  • lime slices/wedges
  • salt for rimming glasses


  • In a large pitcher, combine tequila, orange liqueur, and fresh lime juice. Stir in simple syrup.
  • Refrigerate until ready to serve. Rim glasses with a bit of lime juice and salt if desired. Garnish with lime wheel.
  • Fill cocktail shaker 2/3 of the way full of ice. Pour in enough margarita mix to cover the ice, put the lid on the shaker and shake vigorously for 10 seconds or so.
  • Pour into prepared glasses. Repeat, using fresh ice after a few uses, for remaining servings.
  • Drop a lime wedge or slice of lime in each glass if desired.


  1. My preferred tequilas are Patron Reposado or Silver, they're smooth and make for a great margarita!
  2. Grand Marnier or triple sec will work as the orange liqueur as well.
  3. Simple syrup amount is completely up to you.
  4. Recipe can be made using liquid stevia for a reduced sugar alternative.  Exact amount needed will vary.


Calories: 210kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 7mg | Potassium: 38mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 11IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 4mg | Iron: 1mg