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

Homemade Margaritas — How to make a margarita with just three natural ingredients! Nothing fake, neon green, and no sugary chemicals. This is the best homemade margarita recipe I’ve tried and it’s the easiest!!

Homemade Margarita next to whole limes

Simple Homemade Margarita Recipe

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 a mix that comes in gallon-sized jugs — sometimes with alcohol already added and sometimes without.

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. People shouldn’t need to look up how to make a margarita because it shouldn’t be so hard. I’ve gone back to the basics, with the classic margarita ingredients.

What’s in a Margarita? 

This fresh margarita recipe has no mix or concentrate, and nothing complicated or fussy. No simple syrup to make, no blender to dirty, just three basics ingredients: lime juice, agave, tequila. 

  • Lime Juice: I use freshly squeezed lime juice and recommend doing so.
  • Agave: It’s 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.
  • Tequila: The choice of tequila is up to you. 

homemade Margarita made from a simple margarita recipe with just 3 ingredients

What’s the Best Tequila for Margaritas? 

I use Patron Silver or Don Julio Blanco, but the choice is yours. Choose a trusted favorite, or ask for help choosing one at your local liquor store. 

How to Make a Margarita 

To make a homemade margarita, first squeeze two juicy limes over a cup. Then, stir in a little water, agave, and tequila. Give your margarita a taste to see if it needs any tweaks.

If desired, you can strain the margarita at this point to remove any lime pulp, but I personally don’t mind the pulp. Add ice to the glass and stir or shake (if you prefer shaken margaritas, make sure to put another glass on top to prevent spills). 

Simple Margarita Recipe with just 3 natural ingredients

A Note About Measuring

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. 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.

How to make margaritas from a simple margarita recipe

 

Tips for Making the Best Margarita 

I prefer my margaritas boldly tart but sweet enough to balance the tartness, and I’m not shy with the tequila. You’ll need to find the exact ratio of ingredients that you enjoy best.

Small changes can have a big effect on taste. Like a half shot glass of lime juice or a small drizzle of agave can really make a difference. 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.

It’s also worth mentioning that you want to look for really juicy limes. In general, paler green limes and those with yellow spots, as well as 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.

How to make a margarita with just three natural ingredients!! Nothing fake, neon green, and no sugary chemicals! This is the best homemade margarita recipe I’ve tried and it’s the easiest!!

More Easy Cocktail Recipes: 

  • Tequila Sunrise — Not only is it pretty to look at, but a Tequila Sunrise is also refreshing, nostalgic, and the grenadine sweetens it up enough that you may not even notice it packs quite a punch!
  • Tropical Party Punch — This alcoholic punchis one of my all-time favorite party drinks! Feel free to leave the alcohol out if desired. This punch tastes delicious even without it!
  • Rum Runner — A fruity and tropical cocktail, but not in a strawberry daiquiri doesn’t-do-much kind of way. This delicious Rum Runner recipe (complete with my secret ingredient!) packs a punch that can sneak up on you!
  • Malibu Sunset — A fun, fruity, easy Malibu drink recipe! Because there’s really no wrong way to do pineapple, orange juice, coconut rum, grenadine, and cherries! 
  • Peach Mango Pineapple White Sangria — Fresh, fruity, just sweet enough but not too sweet, and it goes down so easily. A lighter alternative to red sangria that everyone just loves!

Homemade Margaritas — How to make the best margarita with just three natural ingredients! Nothing fake, neon green, and no sugary chemicals. This is the best homemade margarita recipe I’ve tried and it’s the easiest!!

Homemade Margaritas

Homemade Margaritas

How to make a margarita with just three natural ingredients! Nothing fake, neon green, and no sugary chemicals!

Yield: 1 serving
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 to 1 1/2 shots lime juice*
  • 2 shots water
  • 1 to 2 shots tequila**
  • 1/2 to 1 shot agave nectar, or to taste
  • ice, as necessary

Instructions

  1. Over a large cup, squeeze limes, about 2 medium/large, ripe 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.

Notes

*Note: 1 shot glass equals 1/4 cup liquid

**I use white/blanco tequila and prefer Patron Silver or Don Julio Blanco

***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.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

1

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 340 Total Fat: 0g Saturated Fat: 0g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 7mg Carbohydrates: 37g Fiber: 0g Sugar: 30g Protein: 0g

Even More Drink Recipes: 

5-Calorie Raspberry Lime Margarita Fizz (non-alcoholic) — Cool, refreshing, and won’t break your caloric bank with only 5 calories!

Flavored Water — Flavored water is so easy to make and helps me stay hydrated during the summer! I’ve shared two of my favorite flavored water recipes in this post — a cucumber water and a berry water — but the flavor options are endless!

Homemade Horchata — This creamy, smooth, nourishing, and healthy beverage is as easy to make as turning on your blender!

Tropical Mango Mimosas – A fun, easy, and refreshing twist on classic mimosas!! A party favorite at your next brunch or event! Everyone will want REFILLS!

102 comments on “The Best Homemade Margaritas: All-Natural, 3-Ingredients”

  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! :)

  3. Super simple! Looks so refreshing!

  4. Jon (and my sister) love a simple, no frills margarita. These would be good with the steak kabobs you posted the other day (I have all my ingredients for those–can’t wait)! Jon would be thrilled if I sent him out for a nice bottle of tequila. Have a great holiday weekend!

    • Have a great holiday weekend as well! And yes, when it comes to margaritas, I enjoy simplicity and this one is perfect for keeping things simple but tasty!

      • Perfect–really tasty!! I am with you on the fresh squeezed limes and good tequila because when you only need a few ingredients, it’s worth it to make sure they are high quality!

  5. Agave is just a different form of sugar,it’s just lower on the glycemic index so it won’t spike your blood sugar like regular sugar.

  6. I make one like this but use fresh squeezed OJ instead of water. Going to try your recipe. Looks delicious!

  7. Agave is sugar. I don’t think it’s fair to say this is “No Sugar”

  8. In response to the complainers above, processed sugar is completely different than sugar from a plant. Anywho, these are freaking amazing. Thank you for the recipe. Sippin as I type…

    Rating: 5
  9. These are a definite go-to. So easy and so good. Thanks!

    Rating: 5

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