If you’ve got tequila, triple sec, and lime juice, you’ve got a margarita. But margarita mixes make it easier for the novice bartender to mix a mean cocktail without worrying about following a recipe.

Before adding liquor, read the label to make sure it doesn’t already include the alcohol. (No judgment if you still want to add more even if it does!) Some margarita mixes only call for tequila, but half a shot of triple sec, an orange-flavored liqueur, can add depth to the flavor. We say, go for it.


Things You'll Need

Straight Up

Cover a small plate with a layer of salt or margarita salt.

Run a wedge of lime or lemon around the rim of the glass. A standard rocks glass or tumbler will do for a margarita straight up.

Dip the rim of the glass in the plate of salt. Lift the glass from the plate, and gently shake off the excess salt.

Fill the glass with ice.

Pour a shot of tequila into the glass of ice. You can skip this step and go to the next step if the mix already includes tequila.

Add 1/2 shot of triple sec, if desired.

Fill the glass with the tequila mix and stir.

Frozen

Fill the margarita glass over-brimming with ice. A traditional margarita glass is stemware with a double-shaped bowl.

Pour a shot of tequila into the glass of ice. Move on to the next step if the mix already has tequila.

Add 1/2 shot of triple sec, if desired.

Fill the glass with the tequila mix.

Pour the contents of the glass into a blender and blend until it has the consistency of an ice slushy.

Cover a small plate with a layer of salt or margarita salt.

Run a wedge of lime or lemon around the rim of the emptied glass.

Dip the rim of the glass in the plate of salt. Lift the glass from the plate, and gently shake off the excess salt.

Pour the frozen margarita mixture from the blender back into the glass.

Tips

  • While the traditional margarita recipe calls for triple sec and lime juice, there are other margarita recipes calling for the addition of fresh fruit, like orange or strawberry.

References and Resources

Drink Mixer: Margarita Cocktail Recipe