Neat, on the rocks or frozen, margaritas are a staple of summer celebrations and a beloved cocktail all year round. The classic version of this refreshing drink includes tequila, lime juice and orange-flavored liqueur, but the variations are virtually endless. Fruit juice, nectar or juice concentrates are typically used to add a fruity twist to the margarita. For a citrusy tangerine and grapefruit margarita, use freshly squeezed juice for the purest flavor.

Things You'll Need

Neat or on the Rocks

Run a lime wedge around the rim of a margarita glass. Turn the glass over and dip it into a plate of salt, sugar or a combination of both to line the rim. Add ice to the glass if you want your margarita on the rocks.

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice, and then add three parts tequila and two parts freshly squeezed grapefruit and tangerine juice. Use one part of each citrus fruit, unless you want one fruit to be more prominent in the drink. You can also include one part lime juice, traditional in classic margaritas, if you want to add more tartness to the drink.

Add one part orange liqueur, such as Triple Sec or Cointreau, to the cocktail shaker.

Cover the cocktail shaker with its lid and shake vigorously for about 10 seconds, and then strain into the margarita glass and serve.

Frozen Margaritas

Add a handful of ice to a high-powered blender. Your blender should be powerful enough to crush ice with ease.

Add three parts tequila, two parts grapefruit juice and tangerine juice and one part orange liqueur. Include one part lime as well, if you prefer.

Add up to one part simple syrup to the blender. When blended with ice, the margarita loses some of its flavor, due to being diluted and the numbing effect the ice has on your mouth. Adding simple syrup, which is equal parts water and sugar, gives it more flavor.

Blend the margarita on high speed, stopping to scrape the sides if necessary. Add more ice until you get a relatively smooth textured margarita.

Pour the frozen margarita into chilled margarita glasses rimmed with salt or sugar.


  • Use a high quality silver tequila for the best tasting margaritas.

  • Although 3-2-1 is a widely used margarita ratio, you can adjust to your preference, perhaps adding more tequila, less liqueur or more tangerine and grapefruit juice.

  • You can mix all the ingredients except the ice for a frozen margarita up to eight hours in advance, allowing the flavors to blend better. Store in the freezer until you are ready to use.