March 28, 2021
Skip the mix–this fresh ingredient margarita recipe is the perfect blend of sweet, tangy and delicious that will leave you feeling refreshed and satisfied!
Looking for a quick and easy margarita recipe? Looking to avoid a pre-mixed bottle from the bottom shelf of the liquor store that’s full of sugar and overly tart? Looking to wow your family and friends with this cocktail that looks way harder than it actually is? Then you’ve got to try this fresh and simple margarita recipe.
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I will confess that until last summer, I had never had a fresh margarita.
I know, I know, I’m also embarrassed for myself. I’m also sad I missed out so many fresh, tangy, and sweet margaritas. I had no idea how easy it was to create such a refreshing cocktail.
I have learned my lesson, and now I’m ready to share my knowledge with you!
Quality Ingredients Make for the Best Margarita
One of the best things of the past year for me and my household was the ability to slow down, to mindfully choose what we consumed and experienced–what we watched, who we listened to, who we allowed in our circle (we literally had to #pandemiclife), but that theory also translated into the food we ate.
Prior to 2020, John and I did all we could to cook from scratch as much as we could, but we took it to a new level this last year, and it made an impact! We chose the best ingredients we could get our hands on, and that is the case with this simple and fresh margarita recipe as well.
100% Agave Tequila
While other tequilas may fit your budget better, starting with a 100 percent agave tequila. If you’re not using tequila that is only agave, your tequila is being distilled with other ingredients like cane sugar and corn syrup, and you’re more prone to a hangover–no thanks. Another benefit of agave tequila? If sipped after dinner (yes sipped, not seven cocktails), it can help aid in digestion. I like the sound of that!
Our favorite tequila is Espolon Tequila Blanco. It’s 100 % blue agave, and mixes so well in our margaritas.
You can buy lime juice in the produce section–and also in the liquor section (only I really don’t recommend that one because it’s sweetened), but the best option is juicing your own limes for lime juice. I like to buy limes by the bag (like a pound or two at a time because we use them a lot) and just juice them straight into the glass.
How to Make a Fresh Margarita
To make your fresh margarita, you’ll need tequila, triple sec, agave nectar (or homemade simple syrup), and lime juice.
I make this recipe in a shaker glass, then pour over ice into a short cocktail glass with a salted rim.
Are you looking for other cocktail recipes? I’ve got you covered!
Simple and Fresh Margarita
- 2 oz blue agave tequila
- 1 oz triple sec
- .5 oz simple syrup or agave nectar
- 2 oz lime juice
- salt for rim of cocktail glass (optional)
- lime for garnish
Pour 2 tablespoons salt onto plate. Quarter one lime, rub one quarter around the rim of cocktail glass, dip rim of glass in salt, add ice to glass.
In cocktail shaker, add tequila, triple sec, simple syrup or agave nectar, and lime juice. Shake
Pour over ice in cocktail glass, garnish with lime quarter, enjoy.