Fresh Lime Margarita

This fresh lime margarita uses all-natural ingredients. None of that bottled sour mix or margarita mix nonsense. All you really need are: good tequila, fresh lime juice, and simple syrup.  

Fresh Lime Margarita

One tequila, two tequila, three tequila, FLOOR!

During my senior year of collage, Margarita Mondays was a real thing.  (Nowadays, not so much.)  I

guess having just turned 21 meant Margarita Monday, Taco Tuesday, Winesday Wednesday, and Thirsty Thursday was appropriate and totally justifiable.

Fresh Lime Margarita

You really only need three ingredients to make a pretty darn tasty margarita.  Those items being: good tequila, fresh lime juice, and simple syrup.  

None of that sour mix or margarita mix nonsense.

To make a little fancier, I like to add a lime zest-coarse salt rim and a splash of Grand Mariner (orange-cognac liqueur). 


While rimming the glass in regular old salt is perfectly fine, go the extra distance by adding some lime zest.  It not only looks pretty; it adds a nice little zing and pop of flavor.

Fresh lime juice does wonders.  Fresh squeezed lime juice is the only way to make a margarita.  After Alex bought me this citrus squeezer, I’ve been finding all sorts of ways use up lemons and limes.

Recommended Tools:

  • Microplane Zester: This is a kitchen staple! Use it to zest citrus or grate parmesan cheese. It’s also great for grating nutmeg and other spices. 
  • Citrus Squeezer: Buy the lemon sized squeezer and use it for both lemons and limes. 
  • Mini Shotglass Measuring Glass: The key to excellent well balanced cocktails is proper measurements. Don’t eye ball it. Take the time to measure out the liquid ingredients. 


  1. Have all your ingredients prepped and ready before you start cocktail making.


2. Moisten the rim of your serving glass with a lime wedge.


3. Turn the glass upside down into the lime zest-salt mixture.  Twist the glass around to throughly salt the rim.


4. Pour 1 1/2 oz of tequila, followed by 1 oz fresh lime juice to the serving glass.  And 1/2 oz Grand Mariner, or any similar orange liqueur like Cointreu and Triple Sec.  Test it out to determine which your taste buds prefer, or simply omit it.


5. Depending on how sweet you like your drinks, add simple syrup.  I added about 1 1/2 Tbsp of simple syrup.  I don’t like to add too much sweetener because I figure the drink will somewhat dilute with the amount of ice I like in my drink.

5. Drop a couple ice cubes and lime wedge.  If you’re feeling fancy, sprinkle a little lime zest over the drink.

Cheers, you’ve just made a delicious and refreshing fresh lime margarita!

Fresh Lime Margarita

This fresh lime margarita can be doubled, tripled, quadrupled, or more to accommodate larger parties. 

For more margarita variations try:

Fresh Lime Margarita

Yield: serves 1, multiply as needed

Author Maryanne Cabrera


  • 1 1/2 oz tequila
  • 1 oz fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 oz orange liqueur
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoon simple syrup

Simple Syrup:

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup granulated sugar

Salt Rim:

  • 1 Tablespoon coarse salt, or kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • finely grated zest from 1 lime


  1. Moisten the rim of serving glass with a lime wedge.  Invert glass on lime zest-salt mixture.  Twist glass to ensure it is thoroughly coated.

  2. Turn glass right side-up. Pour in 1 1/2 oz tequila, followed by 1 oz fresh lime juice. Add 1/2 oz orange liqueur and 1 1/2 Tbsp simple syrup. Stir to combine. Add ice. Garnish with lime wedge. If desired, sprinkle a little lime zest on top of drink.

Simple Syrup:

  1. Place water and sugar in a small sauce pot.  Set over medium heat and cook until sugar has dissolved.  Remove from heat and allow to cool to room temperature.  Transfer to another container and store in the fridge to chill.

Salt Rim:

  1. On a flat surface combine salt, sugar, and lime zest.  Mix together.

    All images and text ┬ęThe Little Epicurean

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Rochelle @ Oh So Sweet Baker

Mmmm….. This looks delicious and refreshing and perfect for this coming summer. Pinned!

    Maryanne Cabrera

    Thanks Rochelle! I’m thinking of making mango or strawberry versions this summer!

shweta a

Landed through tastespotting. I loved the picture a lot, crisp and so sexy. For me 1 tequila, 2 tequila, 3 tequila, 4 tequila, 5 tequila and then floor ;)
Tequila margrita is my most beloved drink, i never thought it is so simple that i could make at home. Will try now:)


Made these just a few hours ago. They are wonderful and amazing. I only wish I had bought more limes…


This was great. I also added like 5-7 little dots of sriracha to it and with the sweetness and just barely noticeable heat it was crazy good.


Restaurant quality!!! All I can say is, wow. Absolute perfection!

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