The Best Margarita Recipe

The Best Margarita Recipe: These margaritas will knock you naked, in a good way, and make this the best Cinco de Mayo ever. Promise! 

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Hola Friends!

Lt. Dan back to share random thoughts and stories…

I have not posted much lately as Mrs. Spicy has kept me locked up in a back room working on other aspects of A Spicy Perspective. But, since it is Cinco de Mayo, she has let me out long enough to whip up some queso and guacamole and to share my best margarita recipe with all of you.

Just kidding.

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So where does your mind take you when you think of margaritas? Does it involve the sun, sand and crystal blue water? Maybe a pontoon boat on the lake with a bunch of friends? How about a backyard pool, music in the background, chips and salsa on the picnic table, and sounds of fun and laughter all around? Possibly your favorite restaurant, surrounded by tacos and fajitas, salt rimmed glasses and pitchers brimming with that “concoction that helps me hang on…”

Wherever it takes you, it is surely a happy place – usually filled with sun, friends, food and fun.

Margaritas are not typically a serious drink – one where you ponder the world in your big leather chair and smoking jacket.

It’s not likely your “sophisticated” grown up drink like a Manhattan or Martinez.

Frankly, depending on who you talk to, it is its own thing – and never the same to anyone. It can come spicy, frozen, top shelf, bottom shelf, with a beer in the middle, smokey, salt rimmed, not salt rimmed, sugar rimmed, up, with ice, in a glass, in a pitcher (better), in a funnel (that was fun), with a shot (yes please), in your hand (time to take a break…) – you get the point.

But margaritas are usually beloved by all.

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“The Best Margarita Recipe” is the favorite in our house.

It is boozy and limey, yet still balanced with a hint of sweet and salty. We typically make it by the pitcher (or two), although this particular day we made margaritas for two. We usually invite friends to share (or we serve something else because we drank the pitcher before they arrived).

The great thing about The Best Margarita Recipe is that you can LIT-ERALLY (thank you Rob Lowe) add all the ingredients at once in a pitcher and leave it till you’re ready to serve.

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The ingredients that really make the difference (in my opinion) are good tequila, homemade simple syrup, and fresh limes. The other ingredients can be tweaked to your liking, but try to stick with fresh limes and good tequila.

If all else fails, grab a shot glass and the tequila – you’ll be good to go…

Happy Cinco De Mayo!

Cheers, Lt. Dan

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5 from 10 votes

The Best Margarita Recipe

Prep Time
10 mins
Total Time
10 mins
"The Best Margarita Recipe" is truly the absolute BEST margarita recipe we've ever tasted! Margaritas that are tangy, slightly sweet, and complex in flavor.
Servings: 10 drinks
Nutrition Facts
The Best Margarita Recipe
Amount Per Serving (1 drink)
Calories 300
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 17mg 1%
Potassium 98mg 3%
Total Carbohydrates 32g 11%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Sugars 29g
Protein 0g 0%
Vitamin A 0.8%
Vitamin C 23.7%
Calcium 1%
Iron 4.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


  • 18 ounces Tequila Blanco
  • 18 ounces fresh squeezed lime juice (could be fresh bottled lime juice from the refrigerated section, but not the concentrated kind. FRESH)
  • 9 ounces La Belle or Grand Marnier
  • 8 ounces simple syrup + a little extra for glass rims
  • 3 ounces orange juice
  • 3 ounces Triple Sec
  • Coarse or flake sea salt for glass rims
  • Sliced lime and orange for garnish


  1. Start by making the simple syrup if you don't have any on hand. Mix 7 ounces sugar with 7 ounces water. Microwave until the sugar has dissolved. You should have about 9-10 ounces so there will be a little extra for rimming the glasses.

  2. Now pour all the ingredients in a large pitcher. Stir well and chill.
  3. When ready to serve, pour the remaining simple syrup in a shallow dish. Pour sea salt in a second shallow dish. Then dip the glass rims in simple syrup, followed by sea salt. Add ice to the glasses if desired, and fill a shaker with ice. Add the margarita mix to the shaker and shake for 10-15 seconds - pour into glasses. Garnish the glasses with sliced limes or oranges and serve. Ole'!

Recipe Notes

For single servings made in a shaker combine: 2 ounces Tequila, 2 ounces lime juice, 1 ounce La Belle, 3/4 ounce simple syrup, 1/3 ounce orange juice, 1/3 ounce Triple Sec.

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last updated February 7, 2019

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37 comments on “The Best Margarita Recipe

  1. Rachael Yerkesposted March 22, 2019 at 10:17 am Reply

    Yes please! This is delicious!

  2. Lizposted March 22, 2019 at 9:18 am Reply

    Sure am glad it’s Friday! I must make this recipe this weekend!

  3. Heatherposted March 22, 2019 at 9:07 am Reply

    Nothing better than a margarita on a warm day! Love this recipe!

  4. Billyposted March 22, 2019 at 8:48 am Reply

    Love a good margarita, looks awesome!

  5. Alliposted March 22, 2019 at 8:44 am Reply

    We adored these margaritas! They were a big hit when I whipped them up for everyone! Thank you!

  6. Tony Blackforeposted September 14, 2018 at 5:19 pm Reply

    The recipe looks intriguing, but you’re using Grand Marnier and Triple Sec. Aren’t they both triple secs? Nayway, which brand of Triple Sec do you use?

    • Sommer Collierposted September 18, 2018 at 12:10 pm Reply

      Hi Tony,

      You could certainly use one or the other. Dan likes to add them both because they do taste a little different. He says adding them both creates depth. :)

  7. Jim Royertposted September 2, 2018 at 9:38 pm Reply

    This is an excellent recipe. I used agave syrup rather than simple syrup (and a slightly smaller amount). I also used 1/2 quality reposado and 1/2 quality anejo tequila. I also used Cointreu rather than Triple Sec because that was what I had. I turned out great. I like that it is a recipe for a pitcher amount. It was easy and everyone in the party raved about it. Thanks!

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  14. Shambra Johnsonposted June 2, 2014 at 12:40 pm Reply

    Nice for an evening relaxer. Smile

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  17. cyndeposted May 12, 2014 at 4:15 pm Reply

    what is simple syrup and how do you make it?

    • Sommerposted May 14, 2014 at 6:12 am Reply

      Hi Cynde, It’s sugar syrup. You can make it or buy it. To make: mix 1 part sugar to 1 part water and warm until the sugar dissolves. :)

  18. Laura (Tutti Dolci)posted May 6, 2014 at 7:17 pm Reply

    I could drink these all summer long!

  19. Gabyposted May 6, 2014 at 11:07 am Reply

    Margarita perfection!

  20. wenderlyposted May 6, 2014 at 9:11 am Reply

    I can attest! Those are indeed the BEST margaritas ever!! Sommer made them for us whilst up in the mountains and WOW! They pack a perfect punch!

  21. Lily (A Rhubarb Rhapsody)posted May 6, 2014 at 5:30 am Reply

    Oh you lucky thing! Enjoy your trip!

    I could sure do with one of these right now.

  22. Megan {Country Cleaver}posted May 5, 2014 at 9:36 pm Reply

    How can you argue with the Best Marg EVER?! Oh that’s right – you CAN”T!!!

  23. Carol at Wild Goose Teaposted May 5, 2014 at 3:54 pm Reply

    Okay so margaritas aren’t sophisticated. I can live with that. But sure are FUN.
    This looks like a wonderful classic recipe. In fact I tagged it. You better have fun in Mexico. All of us are living vicariously off your vacation.

  24. Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountainposted May 5, 2014 at 2:17 pm Reply

    I’ll definitely cheers to that! Salud!

  25. Jennie @themessybakerblogposted May 5, 2014 at 11:57 am Reply

    Welcome Back, Lt. Dan. So happy to here Sommer let you out of the dark room to share this boozy treat with us :) You can’t go wrong with a classic margarita. Now I’m imagining myself with one of these under an umbrella on the beach. Ahh, one can dream.

  26. Heather Christoposted May 5, 2014 at 10:34 am Reply

    this looks AWESOME! have such a great time in Mexico!!

  27. marlaposted May 5, 2014 at 9:13 am Reply

    Such a beautiful margarita! Can I have one now?!

  28. Erikaposted May 5, 2014 at 8:02 am Reply

    This is perfect for Cinco De Mayo.. (really any day..ha) Have fun in Mexico!!

  29. Julie @ Table for Twoposted May 5, 2014 at 7:41 am Reply

    Ahh, hope you’re having a blast in Mexico! So perfect that you’re there on Cinco de Mayo! Have lots of margs for me :) I’ll have to try your recipe at home and wish I were in Mexico! xo

  30. Kevin @ Closet Cookingposted May 5, 2014 at 6:53 am Reply

    The perfect refreshment for Cinco de Mayo!

  31. Tieghanposted May 5, 2014 at 6:48 am Reply

    Have fun in Mexico!! I have to say, I am so jealous. Sounds like such a fun trip!!

    Love the margarita!

  32. Melanie @ Carmel Momentsposted May 5, 2014 at 6:05 am Reply

    Wow. You’re really in Mexico for Cinco de Mayo. How cool is that?!
    Have a blast! I’ll be checking for you pics. :)

  33. Mariaposted May 5, 2014 at 7:17 am Reply

    Perfect drink for today!

  34. Missposted May 5, 2014 at 6:16 am Reply

    Have the best time in Mexico! Love these margaritas, they look so refreshing!

  35. Taylor @ Food Faith Fitnessposted May 5, 2014 at 4:40 am Reply

    Oh! Have fun in Mexico!! These truly do sound like the best. But just to be sure I’ll have to try one now. I know, it’s 7am on Monday. Don’t judge. Pinned!