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Horizontal image of two rocks glasses filled with a mixture of tequila, orange liqueur, lime juice, and ice, with citrus garnishes and more of the fruit cut and whole arranged around the base of the glassware, on a white cloth with pink and white stripes, with a stainless steel cocktail shaker in the background against a blue backdrop.

The Best Fresh From-Scratch Margarita

  • Author: Meghan Yager
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 cocktail 1x


There’s no need to run out to buy mixer for your tequila fix when you can make this fresh margarita recipe. It’s vibrant, bright, and tasty.



For the Salt Rim:

  • 1 Tablespoon coarse salt, or kosher salt
  • 1 tsp fresh lime zest

For the Cocktail:

  • 1 1/2 fl oz silver tequila
  • 1 fl oz fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 fl oz orange liqueur
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp simple syrup
  • 1 lime wedge, for garnish


  1. To make the salt rim, combine salt and lime zest in a shallow bowl. Stir to combine.
  2. Use a lime wedge to moisten the rim of a margarita glass. Rim the glass in the lime-salt mixture, twisting to coat well.
  3. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add tequila, lime juice, orange liqueur, and simple syrup. Shake to chill and combine.
  4. Fill rimmed glass with ice. Strain margarita into the glass. Garnish with a lime wedge and serve.
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Category: Margarita
  • Method: No-Cook
  • Cuisine: Cocktails

Keywords: margarita, tequila, cocktail, adult beverage, lime, happy hour