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

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. 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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