Not Your Mama’s Margaritas

Margarita on the rocks is my favorite drink, all year long! I make a big pitcher anytime we have friends over and it always gets drank – but be warned! My homemade margarita might not taste terribly strong, but it will knock your socks off. You’ll want to print this recipe out to use for every party from now until forever.


My dad accused me of trying to kill him last summer.

Obviously, I have no idea where I get my flair for the dramatic from. Definitely doesn’t come from him. πŸ˜‰

You see, we had a big party around the pool. We grilled out, we swam, and then…well. We drank margaritas.

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My margarita recipe is pretty famous around these parts, no joke.

Everyone knows that 1) they’re DELICIOUS and 2) they’re STRONG.

I like a good drink that sneak attacks you like that. Personally, I think drinks that are weak are not worth drinking and that drinks that taste like they’re full of alcohol are, well, gross.

So, I like my drinks to be a little sneaky. My margarita recipe? Oh, it’s sneaky. In the best way.

Just, maybe don’t overdo it or the next morning you’ll be accusing me of attempted murder like my dad did. #worthit

homemade margarita recipe in glass with salt rim

Best margarita recipe:

This recipe calls for tequila (I use silver tequila, but gold works if that’s what you’ve got), orange liqueur such as Grand Marnier, triple sec, and sweet and sour.

If you use my homemade sweet and sour mix, your margaritas are going to taste 1 million times better than if you use the store bought neon yellow mix.

HOWEVER. Don’t let the homemade sweet and sour mix deter you. I use the store bought mix roughly 90% of the time, because I am lazy to the core. They taste better with homemade, but they’re still amazing with store bought. Promise.

Mix all of the ingredients together in a pitcher and you’re ready to assemble your drinks.

This recipe doubles easily, but keep in mind – these margaritas are strong. πŸ˜‰

Margarita on the rocks in glass

Margarita on the rocks:

Frozen margaritas are fine and all, but on the rocks is where it’s at for me.

First, run a lime wedge around the rim of your glass and then dip it in some chunky salt. You can purchase margarita salt if you like, but I just use kosher salt.

Fill your glass with ice.

Pour your homemade margarita over the ice and give it a gentle stir.

You’re about to get a taste of the best margarita recipe!

I’m sure I’m going to hear from some of you that triple sec doesn’t belong in a margarita and probably some of you will even tell me no on the sweet and sour.

It’s cool. If you have a good margarita recipe, keep at it. But, if you want to try the margarita recipe that I (and all my friends) think is the best, it’s this one. πŸ˜‰

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What tequila for margaritas? 

I personally prefer silver tequila over gold, but I do believe that gold is more traditionally used.

Silver tequila can be a bit harsher with a clean taste. Gold tequila is more smooth and has a more pronounced flavor.

My personal favorite brand of tequila is Hornitos (not sponsored), but be warned – it’s pricey. I’ve found that Costco’s tequila is nearly as good at a fraction of the price.

I’m not picky on brands for the rest of the ingredients, though I do usually end up buying Grand Marnier as opposed to an off brand because it’s easier to find. Again, it’s very pricey and if you’re only using it in this margarita recipe, a cheaper generic brand will work just fine if you can find it.

Be sure to try my vodka collins too!

Easy margarita recipe in glasses

What to serve with my homemade margarita recipe: 

Fried Tacos! These are some of the best tacos ever, true story.

Restaurant Style Salsa! You can’t have margaritas without chips and salsa. Fact.

Crockpot Chicken FajitasThis is the easiest way to make fajitas and they’re so good!

Enchilada CasseroleIf you don’t like enchiladas, we can’t be friends anymore. Sorry about it.

homemade margaritas in glasses


The BEST margarita recipe! So easy and they're always a crowd pleaser! #margartias #recipe #cocktails
5 from 7 votes

Homemade Margarita On The Rocks

Prep Time
5 mins
Total Time
5 mins
Servings: 4
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: alcohol, beverage, cocktail
Calories: 484 kcal

Margaritas are my favorite drink and I've been told that my recipe is the best - just be careful, it's tasty, but it's strong! 


  • 2 cups sweet and sour mix
  • 1 1/2 cups silver tequila
  • 1 cup triple sec
  • 1/3 cup Grand Marnier
  • 2 limes sliced
  • 1 orange sliced
  • 1 lime wedge
  • 1/4 cup salt


  1. Add the sweet and sour, tequila, triple, sec, Grand Marnier, lime slices, and orange slices to a pitcher and stir well.

  2. Run the lime wedge around the rim of 4 glasses. 

  3. Roll the rims of the glasses in salt.

  4. Add ice to the glasses, fill with the margarita mixture, and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
Homemade Margarita On The Rocks
Amount Per Serving (1 glass)
Calories 484
% Daily Value*
Sodium 90mg4%
Potassium 17mg0%
Carbohydrates 44g15%
Sugar 50g56%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Nutrition Disclaimer: All information presented on this site is intended for informational purposes only. I am not a certified nutritionist and any nutritional information shared on should only be used as a general guideline.