Homemade Margarita Mix

To make your own homemade margarita mix, all you need is three simple ingredients—and no alcohol! It couldn’t be easier to make this base for the classic tequila drink at home.

Want to make a margarita at home? Check out Cointreau Margarita and Strawberry Margarita!

A pitcher of margarita mix sits in front of a blue and white striped towel surrounded by limes

Making a margarita from scratch is one of the simple pleasures in life. (Hi. Hello. I live in Texas and rediscovered tequila last year. What of it?)

And homemade margarita mix makes making a margarita even easier because all you have to do is add tequila and triple sec!

Truly, the ease of this margarita mix recipe is where it’s at, and I’m partial to the fact that it keeps in the fridge for more than a week.

Why I love this recipe:

Listen. Y’all know I’m all about homemade stuff because it generally has a lot less additives and things that the store-bought stuff has. While the store-bought brands come in handy when you’re in a pinch, if you have the time to make your own margarita mix, you ABSOLUTLEY should.

Here are a few thoughts on why this margarita mix is something you want to make:

  • It calls for three simple ingredients. No additives or food dyes, either. (Two if you take a store-bought shortcut!)
  • All you have to do is add triple sec (or Cointreau) and tequila to make a margarita.
  • You can keep it on hand for a one-off marg (because you sometimes need one) or you can use it to make a pitcher of margaritas. Either way, it’s delightful!

More tequila drinks to mix at home: Apple Cider Margaritas | Mexican Mule | Cantaloupe Mint Margarita | Mezcal Paloma Recipe | Cherry Lemonade Margaritas | Ranch Water Cocktail | Pineapple Margarita

Need inspiration for a cocktail or a mocktail? Head on over to my Drinks Recipe Index for some ideas!

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What you need to make this margarita mix recipe

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You could consider using an electric juicer since you need a lot of lime juice to make homemade margarita mix. However, depending on if you’ll use it, I do not suggest this.

What is in margarita mix?

Homemade margarita mix has three simple ingredients—two if you’re using store-bought simple syrup.

Here’s what you need to make it totally from scratch:

  • Water
  • Granulated sugar
  • Limes—a lot of ‘em because we’re squeezing enough to have 1 ½ cups.

Every lime, obviously, is different, but on average, you’ll get about 2 tablespoons of juice out of a single lime. For a cup and a half of juice, you might need close to 12 limes.

Collage of two images showing lime juice poured into a pitcher and then simple syrup poured into the same pitcher

How to make homemade margarita mix

First, make the simple syrup. In a saucepan, combine the water and granulated sugar. Heat and stir occasionally until the sugar has completely dissolved into the water. Remove from the heat, and let cool. (If you want to know more about making simple syrup, I wrote an entire post about it.)

Next, juice the limes. Place a small fine mesh strainer on top of a liquid measuring cup (or bowl), and juice the limes over it. This way, you’ll catch any seeds or pulp that come out of the limes as you juice them.

Finally, combine the ingredients in a pitcher or a large mason jar. Stir until combined, then refrigerate.

Two margaritas made from mix sit in front of a pitcher of homemade margarita mix

How to make margaritas with margarita mix

Here is how I make a margarita using this homemade margarita mix recipe:

  • Rim a glass with salt, and set aside.
  • Measure 1 ½ oz. tequila, 1 oz. triple sec and 2 ½ oz. margarita mix into a cocktail shaker with ice.
  • Shake vigorously until very cold, then strain and pour into your prepared glass.
  • Garnish with a lime wedge, and enjoy immediately.

If you want to make an 8-serving pitcher of margaritas from this homemade margarita mix, combine the following in a pitcher:

  • 12 oz. (1 ½ cups) tequila
  • 8 oz. (1 cup) triple sec
  • 20 oz. (2 cups) margarita mix

Chill in the refrigerator for 1-2 hours, and serve over ice!

Erin’s Easy Entertaining Tips

Margaritas are a brilliant drink to make for any type of get-together, whether it’s a Mexican Dinner Party, Cinco de Mayo or just a random Tuesday when you want to have friends over for happy hour.

One of the best things about them is you can make them in batches, too, to make your life easier.

Here are a few thoughts on making margaritas with mix for entertaining:

  • Juice your limes in advance. Alternately, consider purchasing the cold press lime juice from the refrigerated section of your grocery store. Yes, it’s more expensive than juicing your own, but it’s significantly faster unless you have an electric juicer.
  • Make the simple syrup in advance, too. This stuff keeps in the fridge for weeks, so you don’t have to make it the day you’re making your homemade margarita mix.
  • Double the homemade margarita mix recipe if you’re serving a crowd.
  • Let guests mix their own margaritas… or make a pitcher to make pouring even easier!
Homemade margarita mix in a glass pitcher from above

Frequently Asked Questions

Does margarita mix contain alcohol?

No! This margarita mix is all juice and simple syrup, so it’s alcohol-free.

Why should I make margarita mix at home?

It’s so easy and once you taste this goodness, you won’t go back to the store-bought variety. Not only is it bursting with tartness and delicious flavor, but it’s significantly cheaper than the pre-made stuff.

How do I make a margarita with this margarita mix?

Combine 2 ½ oz. margarita mix with 1 ½ oz. silver tequila and 1 oz. triple sec in a cocktail shaker. Shake with ice until cold, strain and enjoy immediately.

How do I store my margarita mix?

Keep it in a sealed mason jar or a pitcher with a lid for up to a week in the fridge.

Can I use this homemade margarita mix in a frozen margarita?

Yes—but it’s going to take a little more time and effort. Freeze this margarita mix in ice cube trays (they’re generally 1 oz. sized!). Once frozen, blend with tequila and triple sec to make a frozen margarita.

Tips for making the best margaritas with mix

  • Your limes will provide more juice if they’re at room temperature. If you keep them in the fridge, take them out and zap them in the microwave for 10-15 seconds to get the juices flowing.
  • Does your margarita mix taste a bit tart? Add a little more of the simple syrup to sweeten it up. Keep in mind that the Cointreau/triple sec you add to the recipe to make a margarita from mix will add a little sweetness, too, so don’t be too heavy-handed.
  • If you’re serving a crowd, consider doubling the recipe so you’ve got more than enough! Also, it keeps in the fridge, so any leftovers wouldn’t go bad.

A pitcher of margarita mix sits in front of a blue and white striped towel surrounded by limes
Yield: 2 ½ cups margarita mix

Homemade Margarita Mix

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

To make your own homemade margarita mix, all you need is three simple ingredients—and no alcohol! It couldn’t be easier to make this base for the classic tequila drink at home.

Ingredients

Instructions

Make the margarita mix

  1. Make the simple syrup. In a saucepan, combine 1 cup of water and 1 cup of granulated sugar. Heat and stir occasionally until the sugar has completely dissolved into the water. Remove from the heat, and let cool.
  2. Juice the limes. Place a small fine mesh strainer on top of a liquid measuring cup (or bowl), and juice the limes over it. This way, you’ll catch any seeds or pulp that come out of the limes as you juice them.
  3. Combine the ingredients in a pitcher or a large mason jar. Stir until combined, then refrigerate.

How to make a single margarita

  1. Measure 1 ½ oz. tequila, 1 oz. triple sec and 2 ½ oz. margarita mix into a cocktail shaker with ice.
  2. Shake vigorously until very cold, then strain and pour into your prepared glass.
  3. Garnish with a lime wedge, and enjoy immediately.

How to make a pitcher margarita

  1. Find your largest pitcher.
  2. Pour 12 oz. (1 ½ cups) tequila, 8 oz. (1 cup) triple sec and 20 oz. (2 cups) homemade margarita mix into the pitcher.
  3. Stir, and refrigerate until cold.
  4. Enjoy over ice!

Notes

Store the margarita mix in a covered container (like a mason jar) for up to a week in the fridge.

To make a frozen margarita, freeze your margarita mix into 1-oz. ice cubes. Blend them with a combination of tequila and triple sec to make a frozen margarita.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8 (2 ½ oz.) servings

Serving Size:

1 (2 ½ oz.) serving

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 84Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 1mgCarbohydrates: 23gFiber: 0gSugar: 19gProtein: 0g

Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate.

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