The Best Homemade Margaritas: All-Natural, 3-Ingredients

This is the best homemade margarita recipe I’ve tried, and the easiest.

Only 3 ingredients and nothing fake, neon green, or full of sugary chemicals in sight.

The Best Homemade Margaritas: All-Natural, 3-Ingredients - No sugar so you can sip worry-free! They go down way too easily!

If there’s one drink that should be so simple, but somehow turns so complicated, I think it’s a margarita.

There’s blended, on the rocks, from mix that comes in gallon-sized jugs, sometimes with alcohol already added and sometimes without.

The Best Homemade Margaritas: All-Natural, 3-Ingredients - No sugar so you can sip worry-free! They go down way too easily!

Some margaritas are made with just tequila and others with a smorgasbord of other booze added including triple sec, Cointreau, Gran Marnier, Chambord, and more.

I’ve gone back to basics and there’s no mix, concentrate, and nothing complicated or fussy. No simple syrup to make, no blender to dirty, just three basics: lime juice, agave, tequila.

The Best Homemade Margaritas: All-Natural, 3-Ingredients - No sugar so you can sip worry-free! They go down way too easily!

I prefer my margaritas boldly tart but sweet enough to balance the tartness, and not shy with the tequila.

You’ll need to find the exact ratio of ingredients that you enjoy best. Even a half shot glass of lime juice or small drizzle of agave can have a big effect on taste. Play around with the recipe to find your happy place, pun intended.

You can doctor up the basic mixture as you like by adding other liquors, or add a handful of strawberries, put it all in a blender, and you’ve got a frozen strawberry margarita in seconds.

The Best Homemade Margaritas: All-Natural, 3-Ingredients - No sugar so you can sip worry-free! They go down way too easily!

I use freshly squeezed lime juice and recommend doing so. Agave is sold in nearly all grocery stores these days. I’ve used honey in a pinch, too. If you prefer to make a simple syrup instead, be my guest.

The choice of tequila is up to you. I use decent tequila, but not super fancy. I can’t afford $75 small bottles and frankly only care that I don’t get a massive headache from it. Choose a trusted favorite.

The Best Homemade Margaritas: All-Natural, 3-Ingredients - No sugar so you can sip worry-free! They go down way too easily!

In the recipe section I referred to the ingredients as shots. Some recipes use ounces, cups, and shots, all in one. Holy confusion after you’ve had a few.

The very average-sized shot glass I use (not a jumbo frat-house style shot glass) holds the same amount of liquid as a 1/4-cup measure, which makes it easy to make the recipe in bulk. X parts this to Y parts that.

Feel free to make a big batch and keep it for a few days in the fridge.

The Best Homemade Margaritas: All-Natural, 3-Ingredients - No sugar so you can sip worry-free! They go down way too easily!

While you could technically share the recipe as written, after having one, you’ll want another. So plan on it serving one, nicely. You can sip worry-free since there’s no sugar.

They go down so incredibly easy. Especially on vacation.

The Best Homemade Margaritas: All-Natural, 3-Ingredients - No sugar so you can sip worry-free! They go down way too easily!

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The Best Homemade Margaritas: All-Natural, 3-Ingredients

This is the best homemade margarita recipe I've tried, and the easiest. Only 3 ingredients and nothing fake, neon green, or full of sugary chemicals in sight. They're tart and sweet enough, but not too sweet, and go down incredibly easy. I use freshly squeezed lime juice and recommend doing so. Agave is sold in nearly all grocery stores and big box retailers, although I've used honey in a pinch. The average-sized shot glass I use holds the same amount of liquid as a 1/4-cup measuring cup. It's easy to make the recipe in bulk. X parts this to Y parts that. Feel free to make a big batch and keep it for a few days in the fridge. While you could technically share the recipe as written, after having one, you'll want another. No sugar so you can sip worry-free, and they go down way too easily!

Yield: serves 1, nicely

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 0 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients:

1 to 1 1/2 shots lime juice (1 shot glass equals 1/4 cup liquid)
2 shots water
1 to 2 shots tequila
1/2 to 1 shot agave nectar, or to taste
ice

Directions:

  1. Over a large cup, squeeze limes, about 2 medium/large, ripe limes. Tip - Paler green limes and those with yellow spots, and those with thin skin are juicier than darker-skinned limes or those with thicker skin. Medium/large limes seem to release their juice easier than small limes.
  2. Add the water, tequila, agave, and stir. Taste and see if you need to make tweaks.
  3. If desired, strain mixture to remove any lime pulp, although I don't bother.
  4. Add ice generously, and stir or shake (by putting another cup over the top).
  5. Serve immediately. Recipe is intended for those whom alcohol use is legal, done responsibly, and is appropriate.

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89 comments

  1. After my quest for the best margarita using many types of tequila, mixers, sweeteners, orange liqueurs I came up with this basic recipe as the best. My biggest discovery was the huge difference between bottled lime juice and fresh squeezed. WOW it knocked me over and will never use other than fresh squeezed. 

    2 parts 100% agave tequila (reposado or blanco)
    1 part fresh squeezed lime juice
    1 part agave nectar
    1 part water

  2. I made these for happy hour with my girlfriends yesterday, and WOW! Game changer!!! I’ve always complained about the ‘fluorescent’ cocktails you get at certain restaurants, but was afraid to believe something this simple, and all-natural, could taste so perfectly margarita-y. I used two parts water, two parts tequila (100% blue agave), 1 part agave syrup, and 1 part lime juice, and rimmed the glasses with pink sea salt. I am never going back! What a summer this will be – thank you!

    • Thanks for the awesome comment and glad this is literally a lifetime game changer for you! No need to drink fluorescent stuff when the natural version is better, right! :)

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