Classic Margarita

This classic margarita recipe is a must-have for summer! With just 5 ingredients, it’s so simple to make - break out the tequila & limes ASAP.

Margarita Recipe

It just occurred to me that I have a hard time making any type of tequila cocktail without dropping in at least a few jalapeños. Until today, I had 3(!) blog posts for spicy margaritas and not one classic margarita recipe. What can I say? I like spicy food, and I like spicy drinks… but I have friends and family members who like their cocktails cool and refreshing without that fiery aftertaste. So, drumroll please… here’s a classic homemade margarita recipe!

This margarita is easy to make, and it’s every bit as delicious as the spicy one, although, if you still want the jalapeño option, keep reading.

Classic Margarita Recipe

When you’re making cocktails at home, the most important thing is to make them to your liking. If you prefer a sweeter drink, you can add more agave to this recipe even a splash of orange juice. If you like a stiffer drink, add more tequila and Cointreau. I like mine really tangy, just as the recipe is written.

Margarita Recipe Variations

You can easily use this recipe to make a lighter skinny margarita – just make a half recipe and top your glass with sparkling water, like I do in this paloma recipe. If you want something fruitier, try making watermelon margaritas, or make spicy drinks with jalapeño.

Classic Margarita Recipe in glasses with limes

What to Serve With Margaritas

Chips, salsa, and guacamole of course!

Right now, I’m really loving this mango salsa and this seven layer dip! For more easy appetizer ideas, head to this post. If you’re looking for entree ideas, you can’t go wrong with tacos, stuffed poblano or bell peppers, nachos, or grilled avocados. Bottoms up!

How to make a margarita

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Classic Margarita

rate this recipe:
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time: 5 mins
Total Time: 5 mins
Serves 1
This classic homemade margarita recipe is a must-try summer cocktail! With just 5 ingredients, it’s so simple to make.


  • 1 ounce tequila
  • 1 ounce Cointreau
  • 1 ounce fresh lime juice, plus lime slices for garnish
  • ½ ounce agave nectar, or to taste
  • Sea salt, for the rim


  • Salt the rim of the glass by rubbing a lime wedge around the edge and dipping it onto a small plate of salt.
  • Mix the tequila, Cointreau, and lime juice into the glass and fill the remainder of the glass with crushed ice. Stir and add the agave nectar, if desired, to sweeten. If it’s too strong, wait a little bit for the ice to melt.




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  1. Sabrina

    5 stars
    now I know what was missing in my life, at least for today, yes I think I’ll think I’ll have a margarita, thank you

  2. Chelsa

    5 stars
    I made this for my BF and now he understands my love for a simply perfect margarita. Just what I was looking for. Thank you!

  3. Steve

    Just made this and it was perfect. I used Grand Mayan Ultra Aged Tequila ( which may have been cheating). What I did differently just because I like sours, was that I added an egg white and 3 ice cubes with the other ingredients to a cocktail shaker; shook until the rattling stopped and then poured over a large cube in an Old Fashioned glass. No salt.

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Hi Steve, I’m so glad you enjoyed it!

  4. irene from

    I know the name margarita, what i did not know is how simple and faster it takes to make.. thank you.

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