Original Margarita Recipe

Stop using margarita mix. A classic and “real” original margarita recipe made with silver tequila, fresh lime juice, triple sec, and simple syrup.

Original Margarita Recipe

Out of margarita mix? Not to worry because this recipe is a REAL margarita made from scratch. Now before you freak out and click away. I will tell you that the classic margarita recipe is just as easy to make as a regular margarita using sour mix or margarita mix—and it’s even better.

The original or classic margarita is a cocktail made with lime juice, simple syrup (melted sugar in water), and triple sec. You can taste the tequila’s natural flavors so it is best suited for a good tequila. It’s not overly sweet or full of artificial sweeteners like store bought margarita mix. It’s real sugar and fresh lime juice.

You may not even realize this, but your store bought margarita mix is actually a modern day shortcut, the traditional margarita (created nearly 100 years back) is made with tequila, fresh lime juice, triple sec, and sometimes agave.

But enough with the history, I prefer my margaritas made a little stronger, and always with a nice silver tequila—served on the rocks with a salted rim. Having a Mexican fiesta? This goes great with my ultimate guacamole or chicken enchiladas.

Original Margarita Recipe

Original Margarita Recipe


Original Margarita Recipe

  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 5 mins
  • Yield: 1 1x



  • 2 ounces silver tequila
  • 3/4 ounce simple syrup
  • 3/4 ounce lime juice
  • 1/2 ounce triple sec or Cointreau


  1. For the salted rim, take a lime wedge and coat the rim of a margarita glass. Dip in margarita salt, rotating until coated.
  2. Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with a cup of ice. Shake vigorously and pour straight into a chilled margarita glass with the (now crushed) ice from the shaker. Garnish with a lime wheel.


You can make these in a giant pitcher but the perfect margarita is shaken.