Homemade Margarita Mix

Today I’m excited to share a recipe for homemade margarita mix. It’s insanely easy to make, with only two ingredients plus water!

Make your own margarita mix! The difference between homemade mix and something you buy at the store is kind of insane, though. Sometimes the store-bought mixers can be syrupy and gross. Homemade tastes SO much fresher.

Totally worth the effort!

Make your own margarita mix! (cick through for recipe) Squeeze the lime juice into a bowl or measuring cup (I love this handy tool for squeezing lemons and limes!).

Heat the water and sugar in a saucepan over medium heat until the sugar has dissolved. Let the mixture cool a bit before adding in the lime juice, mix together, and pour into a bottle.

Refrigerate the mix for up to two weeks.

Make your own margarita mix! (cick through for recipe) Make your own margarita mix! (cick through for recipe) It’s perfect to make a big batch before parties. You can easily tweak the proportions to make a large or small batch depending on how many you’ll be serving and I love cooking in cute enameled cast iron pots like this!

To make a margarita, here is the ratio:

mix 1 shot of tequila, half a shot of triple sec, add ice, and fill a classic margarita glass with the mix (how cool are these cactus glasses!).

It’s super simple! Don’t forget to salt your rim and try a lime-flavored salt if you’d like. 

You can make fun variations by using half grapefruit juice, orange juice or berry juice instead of lime juice—I just tried my first bourbon margarita (just sub bourbon for tequila) and it was really fun and different.

Don’t be afraid to experiment, and be sure tocheck out our whole archive of delicious cocktails (like this spicy watermelon mezcal margarita).

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Margarita Mix (so much better fresh!!)

Here’s the quick little video we made showing exactly how to make your own margarita mix and margarita. So easy you’ll be throwing these together for every party you host!

Credits// Author and Photography: Elsie Larson. Project Assistant: Laura Gummerman. Video by Harp Creative, Music by Jeremy Larson. 

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Homemade Margarita Mix

The best homemade margarita mix (made with fresh ingredients!)

Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Keyword margarita mix

Ingredients

  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup fresh lime juice about 10 limes

Instructions

  1. Squeeze the lime juice into a bowl or measuring cup.

    Heat the water and sugar in a saucepan over medium heat until the sugar has dissolved.

    Let the mixture cool a bit before adding in the lime juice, mix together, and pour into a bottle. Refrigerate the mix for up to two weeks.

  • Have you tried this with a mix of lime and some other fruit like blood oranges?

  • 5 stars
    I really like fresh margarita mix too. But I love using Agave instead of simple syrup. It a easy mix with fresh limes and taste great. TY for posting this

  • 5 stars
    This was so easy and delicious! First time I made it was the best margarita I have ever tasted. I only had 2 limes, so juiced them first and adjusted the recipe to match by half on proportions. It made 2 very generous glasses.

  • 5 stars
    OH.MY.GOSH!!!!!! Made this today and can hardly wait for happy hour. I think a splash of it would also work well with gin and tonic….just sayin. Thanks for the inspiring ideas.

  • 5 stars
    This recipe is GREAT!
    My neighbors and I enjoy margaritas on the weekends.
    Our favorite recipe uses a very specific mix you can only find at one place (other mixes don’t cut it).
    Well, the one place that carries it (a whole sale club which I won’t name) will often just stop carrying it, then will start again without notice. So last time they stopped carrying it, I took matters in my own hands and came across your recipe. PROBLEM SOLVED!!! Making our own mix tastes BETTER than the store bought one and allows us to tweak things.

    Thank you for sharing!

  • Hiya, This looks delicious. Any guidance on how to make a frozen one? I see great recipes for other Frozen flavors on your site (yum) but wondering how much ice to add to this one as too much can dilute the flavor. Thank you 🙂

  • I’m not sure how this is not just called limeade? Lol I’ll definitely try it though ?

  • My picky 5 year old only drinks kool aid and he LOVED this recipe! So easy and tasty

  • 5 stars
    Just made this, I don’t normally drink mixed drinks like this but it was absolutely excellent. Easy to do and very refreshing.

  • Do you think I could sub the sugar with erythritol? It measures 1:1 with sugar and is noN glycemic….

    • You should try it! We’ve never tested that, but I’d love to hear how it works out for you! XX

  • This doesnt sound like it makes very much. 1 cup of water cooked down ? If you wnted a pitcher full how much would you mix of water and sugar

  • 4 stars
    Thanks for the recipe. I’ve always just used Bacardi frozen mix but there has been none of that in Pandemic period. It will be nice to have margaritas back in our lives starting tomorrow. It is the only alcoholic beverage my 88 year old mother-in-law will drink.

    One minor point—you must be using some kind of pigmy or dehydrated limes. I got 16 ounces of juice from just 8 average size limes.

  • 5 stars
    This is now our go-to margarita mix. We refuse to buy store-bought now that we’ve tried this.

  • Tried this beautiful mess for Margaritas and it is great! Made a few batches with lemon juice as well

    Thanks

  • 4 stars
    I made this and everyone wants to know how I made such great margaritas. Thank you

  • 5 stars
    Great mix! I double up the lime juice, use 2-1/4 cups of water and a bit more than a cup of sugar for a double batch.

  • This is so genius!! I could definitely see myself adding some berries into this mix!

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  • Hi Bonnie! Just enough to fill the glass, depending on the size that you use. 🙂 -Jacki

  • I’m a little confused, how much of the mix do you add to the 1 shot of tequila, 1/2 shot of triple sec and ice? Can’t wait to try this I have a surplus of limes. Thanks!!

  • I only use homemade margarita mix. The yellow stuff you buy at the store is too sweet . I’ve never made a mix with just limes, I usually add lemons as well. Try that for a variation!

    I’ve also wanted to try doing a watermelon one.

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  • Yes!!! So much better than the premade store bought kind! x

    Courtney
    www.waterlilyshop.com

  • 5 stars
    Hi Diana!
    I didn’t add a measurement for the mixture because it depends on the size of your glass. After you add the tequila, triple sec and ice you just top it off with mix. Obviously a short glass will produce a stronger drink and a tall glass would produce a lighter drink due to the proportions! I prefer a small glass, like the one pictured.
    You can use this exact same method for a blended margarita, just throw it in the blender.
    -Elsie

  • This sounds so great and fresh! I’m planning on soaking fruit in the mix to give it a punch of flavor!

  • Great! Am I missing something, or does it not say how much mix to add to the margarita? 1 shot tequila, half shot triple sec, and ice. How much mix?

    Thanks!

  • I’m so going to have to make this!! Looks so good!

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  • I love margarita! Strawberry flavour is my favourite one! It’s a great idea this homemade recipe! 😀

    xx Elena http://www.talonsetbonbons.com

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  • That is just the perfect thing for me, thank you for that!
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  • What a great idea! Definitely perfect for summer her in Australia too. Thank you 🙂

    Ellen Rozalia | www.ellenrozalia.com

  • Love doing this! I sometimes keep the simple syrup and lime juice separate so that people can make it as sweet or tart as they like. But you’re right, for big parties this is way easier! Sometimes I squeeze in a lemon or lime for good measure too 🙂

  • Oh! Thanks for the heads up. Just needed a few updates.

    We’re very sad about Aunt Martha’s. It was one of our most visited spots.

    xx- Elsie

  • I love the idea of homemade margarita mix. I’m not a fun of the kind you buy at the store because it’s often gross, like you said. I’ll definitely be giving this recipe a try. Thanks for sharing!

    -Helen
    http://www.sweethelengrace.com

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    • 5 stars
      This mix makes great margaritas! Very helpful while stuck inside during COVID-19!

  • I’m not really a margarita person but I love the idea of this home made mix; at least I know just how much sugar is in there. :]

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    • 5 stars
      Yes! It’s really nice to know and you can tweak the mix recipe or the ratio to make a margarita if you want to have even less sugar.

  • Yum!! Margaritas are my absolute favourite. You are so right about store-bought mixes – they never taste as fresh nor as zingy as from the bar! I’m really excited to try this recipe for my friend’s Hallowee party this coming weekend! 😀 xxx

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