Simple Lemon Margarita

I don’t know if you’ve heard about a little winter weather blanketing THE ENTIRE COUNTRY. From the looks of things, the world must be ending. I went to the grocery store tonight on the way home and it was completely wiped out of food (except for the ingredients for Spicy Kale Lasagna, fortunately). So what’s a food blogger to do? Well, the 1 to 4 inches of ice happened to be the perfect consistency for margaritas – no blending necessary! I put my better judgment aside and whipped these lemon margaritas up. And yes, I think I was the only person in Indianapolis taking pictures of their cocktails outside tonight…

lemon margarita

What’s in a Margarita?

Traditional margaritas feature tequila, orange liqueur, lime juice, and a little agave to sweeten the mixture. This lemon margarita recipe keeps things super simple with a little bit of lemon juice, sugar, and tequila (ice storm essentials, am I right?). We’ve deviated a bit from the classic margarita recipe, but you can easily tweak the ingredients to suit your palate. Or, if you’d like to shake things up a bit more, you could try using an entirely different citrus juice in place of the traditional lime juice. Grapefruit juice might work well here, and orange juice would give this margarita recipe serious tequila sunrise vibes.

If you’re lucky enough to not have a pile of ice for a yard right now, you can always blend up the ingredients for this lemon margarita recipe with a handful of ice from your freezer. The benefit of making margaritas in the blender is that it’s much easier to double or triple this recipe for a crowd.

For the full experience, enjoy your margarita with some tasty Mexican food. Some vegan lentil tacos or a Mexican pizza would pair nicely with margaritas, as would these loaded grilled nachos. I’d say the world is your oyster when it comes to picking which recipe you’ll make to accompany these margaritas, but if you’re stuck inside because of the bad weather like we are you’ll just have to make do with what you have on hand!

Looking for more easy cocktail recipes?

This recipe is…

Vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free.


Simple Lemon Margaritas

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  • Author: a Couple Cooks
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 2 1x


No blending is necessary for these easy lemon margaritas! Using just 4 simple ingredients, this drink is ready in mere minutes.



  • 3 cups crushed ice
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 shot tequila


  1. Mix all ingredients together.
  2. Sip and enjoy. Stay warm!

  • Category: Drinks
  • Method: Mixed
  • Cuisine: Mexican

Keywords: lemon margarita


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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.


  • Reply
    Donna from Yumma Yumma
    February 1, 2011 at 12:47 am

    Yumm! Cool picture too!

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    February 1, 2011 at 10:21 am

    Love the photo! Also, really wishing I could have one of those margaritas. Two months to go!

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    February 1, 2011 at 1:43 pm

    What a stunning photograph!

    Love that your margarita recipe isn’t filled with sugar! what a great idea!

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      February 1, 2011 at 7:49 pm

      Thanks. I really know nothing about cocktails – just mixed randomly until I found something I liked…

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    February 1, 2011 at 5:11 pm

    I love your ice storm thought process. Ice equals booze transporting device. Yes.

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    February 1, 2011 at 5:26 pm

    That is definitely one of the most stunning photos I’ve seen on a food blog so far!

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      February 1, 2011 at 7:49 pm


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    February 2, 2011 at 2:46 pm

    Lemon juice and not lime in a margarita? Interesting.

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