How to Make Margaritas

Tart, sweet, salty—fresh margaritas taste like a vacation in a glass. Follow our simple recipe for margaritas on the rocks or blended.

By Elizabeth Harris, Contributing Editor

Fresh homemade lime margaritas on the rocks with lime wedges.

Fresh Lime Margarita Recipe

This classic margarita recipe is easy to modify to your tastes. Serve on the rocks with a salt rim, toss in the blender for a frosty cup or add your favorite fruit flavors.

Prep/Total Time: 15 min.


  • 4 lime wedges
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup tequila
  • 1/4 cup Triple Sec
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons superfine sugar
  • 1-1/3 cups crushed ice

In a pitcher, combine the tequila, Triple Sec, lime juice, lemon juice and sugar; stir until sugar is dissolved. Serve in prepared glasses over crushed ice.

Makes: 4 servings

Want a salty rim? It’s actually quite simple and only dirties one extra dish. Here’s how:

Using lime wedges, moisten the rims of your glasses. Sprinkle some coarse-grained salt onto a plate. Turn a glass upside down, dip rim into salt. Shake off the excess, and repeat, refilling the plate as necessary.

How to Make Frozen Margaritas

Frozen margaritas have almost the same ingredients as classic margs, with a few key tweaks. Why? The addition of lots of crushed ice dilutes flavor, so it’s key to add even more punchy ingredients to your pitcher.

Lime Love Frozen Margarita Recipe

Following the recipe above, reduce lemon and lime juices to 2 tablespoons each. Increase the superfine sugar to 1/4 cup and the crushed ice to 4 cups. Add 3/4 cup limeade concentrate. Prepare glasses as directed. In a blender, combine the tequila, Triple Sec, lime juice, lemon juice, limeade concentrate, superfine sugar and crushed ice; cover and process until smooth.

Makes: 5 cups

Strawberry Frozen Margarita Recipe

Follow directions for Frozen Lime Margaritas, except reduce crushed ice to 2 cups and add 2 cups frozen unsweetened strawberries. Makes: 4 cups