Margaritas are a classic drink that we all know and love. It’s definitely the favorite cocktail here on The Cookie Rookie. So I created this margarita guide to show you how to make a margarita, plus 30 of the BEST margarita recipes to try out, and everything you need to know about making the perfect drink, whether frozen, blended, or on the rocks!
Margaritas Guide: Best Margarita Recipes
Margaritas are my favorite cocktail, so I created this guide to answer ALL of your questions about the classic drink. And of course I’ll share some of the best margarita recipes too!
Classic margaritas, frozen margaritas, strawberry margaritas, skinny margaritas…I’ve tried them all, made them all, and loved them all. I’ve shared so many margarita recipes here in the past, and this guide will let you in on all of my (not) expert advice on how to make margaritas that are absolutely DELICIOUS every time.
The Best Margarita Recipes, How to Make a Margarita, Recommended Tips & Tools, and EVERYTHING You Need to Know About this Classic Cocktail in The Cookie Rookie Guide to Margaritas!
Margaritas Essential Tools
You really don’t need much to make margaritas. Just a few simple tools and things to make the best margarita recipes, any time you want!
Margaritas are a simple drink. Sure, you can get super creative and make all kinds of flavor combinations. But at the end of the day, all you really need are a few basic margarita ingredients.
How to Make a Margarita
Margaritas are actually really easy to make. It’s a simple drink with simple instructions. If you just want a truly classic margarita recipe, follow these directions. This will make a single glass. Double it for an 8 ounce drink. If you want to make margaritas for multiple people, check my Pitcher Margarita recipe.
This is a recipe for a classic and simple margarita. Nothing better! Keep reading below for FAQ and 30 best margarita recipes (of all types!)
Classic Margarita Recipe
This classic margarita recipe is as simple as it gets. When you just want to make a quick and easy margarita for yourself, this is the go-to recipe.
- 1 ounce Triple Sec
- 1 ounce lime juice fresh squeezed
- 2 ounces Tequila
- 1/3 ounce Agave syrup
- 1 cup ice
Fill up cocktail shaker halfway with ice
Add the rest of the ingredients & shake 10-15 seconds
Pour into glass & garnish with lime wedge (salt the rim beforehand if you want)
What are the main margarita ingredients?
There are 3 main margarita ingredients:
- Triple Sec
- Lime Juice
So if you want to make a classic margarita, that’s what you’ll need. Of course, you can add all kinds of ingredients to your margaritas to change them up, create unique flavors, etc. Unless you chill your margaritas ahead of time, you’ll want plenty of ice too (on the rocks, blended, or frozen margaritas). And salting the rim of your margarita glass is a must!
How do you make a good margarita?
A few tips to help you make the best margarita recipes:
- Keep your tequila in the freezer so the margaritas are nice & cold without extra ice
- Mix in a bit of lime zest with the salted rim of your glasses
- Always SHAKE your margaritas with ice before serving (no stirring!)
- Make your own lime juice by squeezing fresh limes
- Try some fun, flavored salts on the rim of your glass
How do you make a skinny margarita?
For my favorite skinny margarita recipe, I just make a couple of tiny changes compared to a classic margarita. Replace the Triple Sec with freshly squeezed orange juice for that simple orange flavor without the extra calories. You can also use agave syrup to add a bit of sweetness to your liking. This comes out to less than 200 calories for a large glass of my skinny margaritas!
What is the best margarita mix?
Homemade margaritas are so easy to make, I don’t think store-bought, premade margarita mixes are really necessary. However, you can make your own homemade margarita mix to keep on hand just as easily.
How to Make Homemade Margarita Mix:
- Combine sugar, orange juice, lime juice, & salt in a saucepan on medium heat
- Heat for 5 minutes, until sugar is dissolved, stirring frequently
- Let the mixture cool and store it in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week
What is the best tequila for margaritas?
You can use whatever tequila you like for margaritas, but I prefer to go with cheaper options rather than the “best” Tequila. Once it’s mixed in, having the highest quality Tequila won’t matter. That being said, I also don’t pick the cheapest Tequila. Go for a good, mid-range Tequila for your margaritas and you’ll be set. Repasado Tequilas are much smoother than Blanco Tequilas, so I prefer that.
How do you make a frozen margarita?
Frozen Margaritas are a tasty treat for hot summer days. All you have to do to make a frozen margarita is pour it into a blender, add ice, and mix. You can keep it icy like a slushie or turn it into more of a blended margarita by blending it until it’s smooth.
How much alcohol is in a margarita?
This really depends on the margarita recipe and your preferences. My preferred ratio for a great margarita is 2 parts Tequila to 1 part lime juice and 1 part Triple Sec. That’s quite a but of alcohol in any given margarita (exactly how I like it). So for a typical glass, you could expect 3 ounces of alcohol. If you want less alcohol in your drink, simply make a 1:1:1 ratio.
How many calories are in a classic margarita?
It definitely depends on the margarita recipe. Typically, you can expect a classic margarita on the rocks to run about 400-500 calories for an 8-ounce glass.
30 Best Margarita Recipes
- Best Margarita Recipe (Pitcher Margaritas) – The Cookie Rookie
- Skinny Margarita Recipe – The Cookie Rookie
- Ultimate Classic Margarita – Joyful Healthy Eats
- 3-Ingredient Margarita Recipe – Averie Cooks
- Easy Strawberry Margaritas – Spend with Pennies
- Skinny Peach Frozen Margarita – The Cookie Rookie
- Frozen Watermelon Margarita – The Cookie Rookie
- Chili Mango Margaritas – The Cookie Rookie
- Cherry Limeade Margaritas – The Cookie Rookie
- Frozen Blood Orange Margarita – The Lemon Bowl
- Frozen Blueberry Margaritas – Cooke + Kate
- Frozen Blackberry Margaritas – Cooking with Curls
- Skinny Strawberry Jalapeno Margarita – The Cookie Rookie
- Broiled Grapefruit Margarita – The Cookie Rookie
- Spicy Blackberry Margaritas – The Cookie Rookie
- Clementine Margaritas – The Cookie Rookie
- Pineapple Margarita – The Blond Cook
- Spicy Jalapeno Margarita – The Little Epicurean
- Cantaloupe Margarita – Country Cleaver
- Jalapeno Watermelon Margarita – Nutmeg Nanny
- Skinny Blackberry Margarita – Well Plated
Unique Margarita Recipes
- Margarita Ice Cream Float – The Cookie Rookie
- Layered Margarita Popsicles – The Cookie Rookie
- Sparkling Strawberry Margarita Punch – The Cookie Rookie
- Mulled Wine Margaritas – The Cookie Rookie
- White Wine Margaritas – The Cookie Rookie
- Watermelon Margarita Float – The Little Epicurean
- Red, White, & Blue(berry) Margaritas – Gimme Some Oven
- Jalapeno Mango Margarita Popsicles – Broma Bakery
- Ginger Beer Margaritas – Minimalist Baker
What food goes well with a margarita?
I don’t know about you, but I like having some good food to snack on while I’m enjoying a (few) margaritas. These dishes just go hand-in-hand with the best margarita recipes. Chips, salsa, guacamole, tacos…the perfect pairing.
- Best Guacamole Recipe
- Margarita Fish Tacos
- Homemade Tortilla Chips
- Easy Blender Salsa
- Baked Chicken Tacos
- Homemade Pico de Gallo
- Best White Queso Dip Recipe
- Homemade Taquitos Recipe
Make some margaritas for Taco Night! Check out the full Taco Tuesday Guide for more tips, ideas, and recipes.
I hope this Margaritas Guide helped you learn how to make great margaritas! Don’t forget to try out some of the best margarita recipes for yourself, your friends, or your next party. And don’t be afraid to get creative and try new flavors! A classic margarita is great, but so is a flavored margarita or a frozen margarita.
Watch the Video to see how to make a Skinny Margaritas!