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Classic Mexican Margarita Recipe

The Mexican Margarita is a timeless cocktail that combines the zesty flavors of lime and orange with the smoothness of tequila. This iconic drink is both refreshing and slightly tart, making it a perfect companion for your favorite Mexican snacks. Whether you’re hosting a fiesta or simply looking for a delicious way to unwind, this recipe will show you how to make a classic Mexican Margarita at home.


For one serving of Mexican Margarita, you’ll need:

  • 2 oz (60 ml) silver or blanco tequila
  • 1 oz (30 ml) freshly squeezed lime juice (about 1 lime)
  • 1/2 oz (15 ml) triple sec or orange liqueur
  • 1/2 oz (15 ml) simple syrup (adjust to taste)
  • Ice cubes
  • Lime wheel or wedge for garnish
  • Kosher salt (optional) for rimming the glass


Step 1: Rim the Glass (Optional)

  1. If you’d like to rim your glass with salt, begin by running a lime wedge along the rim of a chilled margarita glass.
  2. Dip the moistened rim into a plate of kosher salt to coat it evenly. Set the glass aside.

Step 2: Prepare the Margarita

  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice cubes, ensuring it’s about halfway full.
  2. Add the tequila, freshly squeezed lime juice, triple sec or orange liqueur, and simple syrup to the shaker.
  3. Put the lid on the shaker and shake vigorously for about 15-20 seconds to chill and mix the ingredients thoroughly.

Step 3: Strain and Serve

  1. Strain the margarita mixture into your chilled, salt-rimmed margarita glass filled with ice.
  2. Garnish the drink with a lime wheel or wedge.

Step 4: Enjoy

  1. Sip and savor your homemade Mexican Margarita. Cheers!


Feel free to get creative with your Margarita by exploring different flavor variations:

  • Fruit Margarita: Add fruit puree (e.g., strawberry, mango, or pineapple) to the mix for a fruity twist.
  • Spicy Margarita: Infuse your Margarita with a spicy kick by muddling jalapeƱo slices or adding a dash of hot sauce.
  • Frozen Margarita: Blend the Margarita ingredients with ice for a slushy, frozen version.
  • Margarita on the Rocks: Serve the Margarita over ice for a classic presentation.

Whether you enjoy it on the rocks, blended, or with a unique twist, the Mexican Margarita is a classic cocktail that brings a touch of Mexico to any occasion. Enjoy responsibly!

Consider these serving suggestions:

To complement your Mexican Margarita and enhance the overall drinking experience, you can pair it with a variety of snacks and appetizers. Here are some delightful options to accompany your Margarita:

1. Nachos: Loaded nachos with melted cheese, jalapeƱos, sour cream, and guacamole make for a hearty and indulgent pairing.

2. Beef Tacos or Pork Tacos: Mini tacos or taco sliders are a great choice, allowing you to enjoy the Margarita with a variety of fillings.