Margarita Mix

This homemade margarita mix uses only 3 ingredients and no added sugar. It’s an all natural recipe to make margaritas for a crowd — just add tequila!

Best margarita with margarita mix

Making margaritas for a crowd? Here’s a great solution: homemade margarita mix! It also works well for made to order margaritas at home, of course. You can have a drink on demand, no squeezing or shaking needed! The best part is that this mix is all natural with no added sugar. The drink tastes incredible: tangy and crisp, with just the right bite from the tequila. Alex and I love our classic margarita, and this is a quick way to make a lot of them at once! Take 5 minutes to make up this mix, and it will be your favorite new cocktail trick.

Why this is the best homemade margarita mix!

Making homemade margarita mix has lots of advantages over store bought mix. Here are a few reasons we think this is the best homemade margarita mix recipe:

  • It’s got no additives or added sugar. Most margarita mix from the store and even homemade recipes have lots of added sugar. This recipe doesn’t include sugar as an ingredient (see below), but comes out with the very best margarita flavor.
  • It’s got a crisp lemon lime flavor. To mimic the lemon lime flavor of sour mix and purchased margarita mix, this recipe uses both lemon and lime. The lemon adds the perfect extra zing!
  • It takes only 5 minutes to make! Some margarita mix recipes take longer because they’re heated to dissolve sugar. This one takes just a few minutes to mix together!
Margarita mix

What’s in margarita mix?

Good question! The margarita is actually on the list of International Bartender Association’s IBA official cocktails. This means that there’s an “official” definition of the margarita: tequila, Cointreau, and lime juice. To get that vibe of a store bought margarita mix, we added lemon for even more zing. Here’s what’s in this margarita mix:

  • Tequila
  • Cointreau
  • Lime juice
  • Lemon juice

No added sugar: by definition!

You’ll notice there’s one element of many margarita recipes missing: sugar! Many bars, restaurants and of course store bought mixes add lots of simple syrup or added corn syrup. Why ruin this classic drink by making it syrupy sweet?

Sugar isn’t even by definition included in this classic cocktail. And don’t worry: this margarita tastes perfectly tart and balanced with no need for added sweetener. To be fair, there is some sugar in the Cointreau: it provides just enough balance to the lemon and lime.

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How to serve this margarita mix

There are a few ways you can serve this margarita mix! After you make it, here’s what we recommend:

  • Make single drinks to order. Keep the mix in your fridge and make single drinks to order using this formula: 3.5 tablespoons mix + 3 tablespoons tequila.
  • Make a pitcher! If you’re serving for a party, make a big margarita pitcher. Throw all of the mix into the pitcher and add 1 1/2 cups tequila. Party on!

What’s Cointreau?

The very best margarita recipe uses Cointreau: it’s an orange liqueur. Triple Sec is often used in margaritas, but it just doesn’t do it here. Cointreau has a flavor that’s well balanced between bitter and sweet, whereas Triple Sec is more harsh. If you’re not sure whether you want to buy a bottle, there are lots of great cocktails that use it: like the sweet tart Lemon Drop Martini or the sophisticated Cosmopolitan.

Margarita salt

Don’t forget the salt rim.

Of course, it’s not a margarita without the salt rim! Here are a few tips on getting the perfect salted rim:

  • Use kosher salt or flaky sea salt. Never use table salt! A fun variation is our margarita salt.
  • Use a lime to wet the rim. Cut a notch into a lime wedge and run that around the rim. It works like a charm!
  • Try to get the salt on the outside of the rim only. If it’s on the inside, it will spill into the drink.

More margaritas!

There are so many ways to change up this tasty classic cocktail! Here are some ideas for how to make a margarita:

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Margarita mix

BEST Margarita Mix

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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 8 drinks 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


This homemade margarita mix uses only 3 ingredients and no added sugar. It’s an all natural recipe to make margaritas for a crowd — just add tequila!



  • 1/2 cup fresh lime juice (4 limes)*
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice (2 lemons)
  • 1 cup Cointreau
  • To serve: 1 1/2 cups tequila blanco or reposado (or 3 tablespoons per drink), kosher salt or sea salt for the rim


  1. Make the margarita mix: Juice the limes and lemons. Mix them together with the Cointreau. Refrigerate until ready to serve; lasts up to 1 week.
  2. Make a salt rim: Cut a notch in a lime wedge, then run the lime around the rim of a glass. Dip the edge of the rim into a plate of kosher salt or flaky sea salt (or for a festive look, use our Margarita Salt).
  3. Make a single drink or pitcher: Pour 3 1/2 tablespoons of margarita mix into a glass and top off with 3 tablespoons tequila (about equal parts). Or, add the entire mix to a pitcher with 1 1/2 cups tequila. Serve with ice.


*The quantities are easily doubled for a larger crowd to make 16 drinks.

  • Category: Drinks
  • Method: Stirred
  • Cuisine: Mexican Inspired

Keywords: Margarita mix

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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
    June 8, 2020 at 3:32 am

    Hi guys, how long do you think you could keep this mix in the fridge? Thanks

    • Reply
      Alex Overhiser
      June 8, 2020 at 9:58 am

      Hi! It’s best within 24 hours, but should last a week in the fridge if necessary.

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