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

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!!

How to make a margarita with just 3 natural ingredients

Who Needs a Confusing Margarita?

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 wonder, “How to Make a Margarita” because it shouldn’t be so hard. I’ve gone back to basics, with just the basic margarita ingredients.

Homemade margarita made with tequila, agave, and lime juice

How to Make a Margarita

This simple margarita recipe has no mix, 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. I use Patron Silver or Don Julio Blanco. Choose a trusted favorite.

Simple Margarita Recipe with just 3 natural ingredients

Customizing This Simple Margarita Recipe

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.

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.

How to make homemade margaritas from a simple margarita recipe

Homemade margarita made with just 3 margarita 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.

Margarita made from a simple margarita recipe with just 3 ingredients

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 a Margarita with a Simple Margarita Recipe

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!!

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

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!! 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!

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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 (I use white/blanco tequila and prefer Patron Silver or Don Julio Blanco)
  • 1/2 to 1 shot agave nectar, or to taste
  • ice, as necessary

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

  1. All these drinks look gorgeous! It may be a drunken weekend!

  2. You’re speaking my language Averie!! LOVE it :)

  3. I think you should call this a tequila collins. It’s far more sophisticated than a plain ole margarita! GREG

    • Well considering you wrote a book on cocktails and shot them all, I am super flattered that you’d call these sophisticated! I was laying on the floor of my Aruba house sweating like crazy feeling anything but sophisticated as I was shooting these. But it wasn’t stunt liquor. It was the real deal and the set sure tasted great :)

  4. Stunning!!! I love the recipe, I love the photos… absolutely gorgeous!

  5. So gorgeous though I have a feeling these margs could cause some serious trouble ;).

  6. We have the same thoughts on the ideal margarita – tart with a dash of sweet to balance it out. I think I need to pick up a bottle of tequila so I can make these this weekend. Great drink, Averie. And pinned too!

  7. This is gorgeous! I love simple recipes like this :)

  8. All of your cocktails look wonderful Averie!! I love the idea of only 3 ingredients too ~ perfect for this time of year & pretty too! Pinning now :)

  9. I love your simple spin on the classic margarita, Averie! Can’t even tell you how badly I could for a tall, sweaty glass with lots of ice and limes!

  10. I had this made for Jon when he walked in the door. I told him it was one of your recipes and asked what I should tell you about it. He said “it’s excellent–you can make me another”. Good thing the rest was in the fridge! This is the perfect margarita for his taste.

  11. Could this margaritas be any prettier? What gorgeous lighting, and styling! I need drink shooting tips from you, friend!

    • You start with really bad lighting to begin with, crank up your ISO to 1000 and pray. You lay on the floor of a 90F hot house with no A/C and hope.to.god. you get your shot. You make the drinks with real liquor, not stunt drinks, and sip while shooting. And pray. And I am not kidding. So many minor miracles all had to come together :)

  12. These margaritas look crazy good. I mean need one – or two – after today ;) Pinned!

  13. We’ve also used bubbly water from the soda stream, it makes it extra delicious!

  14. Great job Averie! You’ve really captured the secret to the best homemade margaritas. Simple, fresh ingredients.

  15. So this is PERFECT bc I used to think I didn’t like margaritas bc I don’t like sweet drinks, but lately I’ve been getting margaritas on the rocks with salt and I’m obsessed. I love this recipe because I can control the sweetness…what can I say, I’m apparently a cocktail control freak!

    • I HAVE to be able to control my drinks. Nothing to do with sugar either. More to do with taste. Bad drinks are as bad as bad desserts…NOT worth the calories and cardio (and possible hangover LOL)!

  16. I just love all of your photos, girl. Every single one is stunning! And this drink sounds lovely! :)

  17. Love this margarita! Made these two weekends in a row–such a hit! Thanks for the recipe; everyone loves them. Tastes so fresh.

  18. Averie–

    I appreciate your attempt to create a more natural margarita, but agave is not a healthier or more natural alternative to sugar. It is highly processed and contains more fructose than HFCS. There are several resources you can find if you google.

    • We all have our own opinions and my attitude is everything in moderation and life will be just fine. :) This is a hotly debated topic, one which I have been following for about 10 years now, and am well aware of all the hoopla surrounding agave.

  19. I’ve been on your site several times but finding this recipe seems like divine intervention! I made chicken enchilada soup and got the idea that a margarita would be a great compliment. I’ve had an unused bottle of tequila since cinco de mayo 2014…which is strange because I LOVE margaritas…anywho I had all the ingredients for this and it is amazing! No more mixes for me! Also I used Trader Joe’s raspberry lime sparkling water to top it off, added at the end to keep the fizz! Thanks so much!

    • Thanks for trying the recipe and I’m glad it hit the spot and that you don’t need marg mix now! Woot! It’s Sat. night and I’m about to pour one of these myself :) And with the soup you made, I bet that was a perfect pairing!

  20. This drink was ah-maze-zing….so delicious!!! Thanks!

  21. This recipe is awesome. It is the same as a Puro Margarita or “Pure” Margarita. A classic that need not be messed with! Thanks for sharing.

  22. We just finished off our first batch of these — perfect for this hot day in the middle of June. Awesome, simply awesome. Thanks so much !!

  23. Genius, simply genius.  The wife’s on the way to the grocery store as I’m getting ready to make dinner.  I shout “Let’s have margarita’s; can you add margi mix to the list?”.  She comes back with the 2 liter bottle and complains about the high fructose corn syrup and GMO all over the label.  “All the brands had it!”  She was right.  Began my search for homemade margarita mix and stumbled upon this thing of beauty.  Thank you for the simplicity and basics.  The chartreuse chemical jug is going back to the store and it’s this recipe forever more!  Thanks Averie!

    • The chartreuse chemical jug is going back to the store and it’s this recipe forever more! <---- That's awesome! So glad you're happy with my version and hope you've been enjoying refills tonight :)

  24. This is a great recipe! I use the agave with 1 gram sugar and stevia added to it. Thank you for a great recipe, so much better than the corn syrup mix and good for you too.

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