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Margarita Mix

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Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings 8 servings

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Homemade margarita mix is so easy and makes the most robust, fresh, and flavorful base for the tastiest margaritas!

Pitcher of margarita mix, side dish of limes, and bowl of frozen margarita mix cubes and a green towel draped on the surface.

I love homemade margarita mix because it is super simple and allows for the use of the freshest ingredients without preservatives. You also get to control all the flavor elements–sweet, tart, tang, spice, making the mix serve YOU and what your taste buds like best! Store-bought margarita mix is often loaded with sugar and syrups that significantly increase the sugar content. This recipe gives you the option to make your own margarita mix that is created with healthier-for-you ingredients. It’s equal parts tart and tangy with a hint of sweetness and 100% satisfying!

Margarita Mix Ingredients

This margarita mix is just a few simple ingredients and makes a really refreshing and delicious mix! Here’s what you’ll need for 8 servings:

Ingredients for the Margarita Mix
  • Lime Juice – 1 cup of fresh lime juice gives a really delicious, tart flavor. 
  • Agave  – 8 tablespoons (½ cup) of agave syrup gives just the right amount of sweetness. 
  • Orange Extract – 1 teaspoon of orange extract (or 2 teaspoons of orange zest) brightens up the mix and acts as the replacement for the triple sec in this mix

How to Make Margarita Mix

Making your own margarita mix could not be simpler! Here’s what you’ll do to make your mix:

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  1. Add ingredients – add all your ingredients to a pitcher and stir to combine. 
  2. Cover and chill – if you are not going to use your mix right away, cover your pitcher or transfer to a jar with a lid and chill in the refrigerator until you are ready to serve up your cocktails. 
  3. Serve and enjoy – when you are ready to enjoy, pour over ice and add your favorite tequila (or add the mix and tequila into a shaker, then pour over ice), and enjoy! 

Tips, tricks, substitutions

  • Use fresh lime juice – fresh lime juice is going to give the freshest, tartest flavor, which makes such a big difference in the mix!
  • Use orange zest – if you don’t have orange extract handy, a couple teaspoons of orange zest makes a great substitute for the orange extract.
  • Adjust the sweetness – use more or less agave to adjust the sweetness based on what you like!
Top down view of margarita on the rocks with slice of lime on the rim.

This recipe is so flexible and can be scaled up or down! As written, the mix will make 8 servings. Here are some easy conversions for you depending on how many servings you are looking for!

  • For 2 servings: ¼ cup lime juice, 2 tablespoons agave, ¼ teaspoon orange extract
  • For 4 servings: ½ cup lime juice, 4 tablespoons (¼ cup) agave, ½ teaspoon orange extract
  • For 6 servings: ¾ cup lime juice, 6 tablespoons agave, ¾ teaspoon orange extract
  • For 12 servings: 1 ½ cups lime juice, 12 tablespoons (¾ cup) agave, 1 ½ teaspoons orange extract
Frozen margarita mix cubes in a bowl with ice cubes and a side dish of limes.
Coconut margarita in glass with sliced lime and lime slices, and lime and coconut skewers in the background.

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Q What type of tequila is best with this mix?
A

This mix is classic and a great accompaniment to any tequila! Blanco, reposado, añejo, joven, mixto–the tequila skies the limit! Mezcal would also be a fun twist to give the mix a nice smoky flavor. 

Q Can this margarita mix be used for frozen margaritas?
A

Yes! To use the mix for a frozen margarita, make your mix, pour it into an ice cube tray, and freeze. Once the mix is frozen, pop it in the blender with your tequila, blend, and you’ll have a super slushy, refreshing, frozen margarita!

Q How to store Margarita Mix
A

To store, pour your mix into a pitcher or container, cover, and place in the refrigerator to chill until you are ready to use. I recommend chilling for at least 4 hours for the crispest drink!

Q How long can I keep this margarita mix?
A

Prepared fresh, this mix is stored in the fridge for up to 5 days. If you freeze your mix, it is good for up to 6 months. For easy storage, freeze in ice cube trays, then (once frozen), pop the ice cubes out and into a freezer bag or container of choice, label, and store.

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Margarita Mix

By: Melissa Guevara
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Prep Time: 10 mins
Servings: 8 servings
Homemade margarita mix is so easy and makes the most robust, fresh, and flavorful base for the tastiest margaritas.

Ingredients  

  • 1 cup lime juice
  • 8 tablespoons (1/2 cup) agave syrup
  • 1 teaspoon orange extract

Instructions

  • Add all your ingredients to a pitcher and stir to combine
  • If you are not going to use your mix right away, cover your pitcher or transfer to a jar with a lid and chill in the refrigerator until you are ready to serve your cocktails.
  • When you are ready to enjoy, pour over ice and add your favorite tequila (or add the mix and tequila into a shaker, then pour over ice), and enjoy!

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts
Margarita Mix
Amount per Serving
Calories
64
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
0.1
g
0
%
Sodium
 
0.8
mg
0
%
Carbohydrates
 
15.8
g
5
%
Sugar
 
14.1
g
16
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Recipe Notes

Serving Suggestions
  • For 2 servings: ¼ cup lime juice, 2 tablespoons agave, ¼ teaspoon orange extract
  • For 4 servings: ½ cup lime juice, 4 tablespoons (¼ cup) agave, ½ teaspoon orange extract
  • For 6 servings: ¾ cup lime juice, 6 tablespoons agave, ¾ teaspoon orange extract
  • For 12 servings: 1 ½ cups lime juice, 12 tablespoons (¾ cup) agave, 1 ½ teaspoons orange extract
For 8 servings, add 2 cups of tequila, depending on how strong you want your margarita to be.
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Melissa spends the bulk of her time writing, managing our content calendar, and lending a hand in recipe shoots. She values time spent exploring outdoors with her family and baking all things sourdough.⁠
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  1. Christine says

    Christine —  05/16/2022 At 07:21

    Can I substitute simple syrup or honey or anything else for agave?

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