The best Margarita Mix will give you the best margaritas. Learn how to make your own margarita mix in a few minutes with a handful of simple ingredients. You can make it ahead of time and store it in the fridge until cocktail time.
Beautiful weather outside always makes me want to invite my girls over for margaritas and brunch. Nothing beats girls day in with cocktails and the way to make it perfect is to have the best tasting cocktails. My friends and family are always happy to come over because they know two thing: I always have food and I always have cocktails. I have a few favorite cocktails to serve but margaritas go so well with just about any occasion.
Truly, once you’ve made margaritas with homemade mix, you can never go back to the bottled mix. Flavor difference is remarkable and after trying the homemade mix made with fresh citrus juices, store-bought mix suddenly tastes fake. Bright and beautiful flavors of freshly squeezed lime, lemon, and orange juice just can’t be replicated for mass production.
For the best tasting Margaritas, I highly recommend going homemade. It’s really easy to make and there are only a 5 simple ingredients. The 5th ingredient is not something that other margarita mixes have and that’s orange juice. I like to add a little freshly squeezed orange juice to add a touch of natural sweetness and compliment the orange liqueur.
Is it gluten free?
Homemade margarita mix is most definitely gluten free. There is nothing is this recipe but lime juice, lemon juice, orange juice, sugar, and water. When it comes to margarita, tequila is made with blue agave and it’s naturally gluten free. Triple Sec and most other orange liqueurs are also gluten free.
Add some flavor!
To mix is up a little, you can venture away from the classic margarita and try a strawberry one. I love to add some of my strawberry sauce to the cocktail. A couple of tablespoons per cocktail will be plenty and you can make the sauce ahead of time, just like the margarita mix.
INGREDIENTS IN MARGARITA MIX
Fresh is always best! Although, it might be way easier and tempting to get a bottle of lime juice from the store, I strongly advise against it. The taste will not be the same as freshly squeezed.
HOW TO MAKE MARGARITA MIX
Okay, you can treat this process like a workout or you can take a much easier way with the juicer. (A simple citrus juicer is about $20 on Amazon and it’s so worth it.)
Start by making simple syrup first. You need equal parts of hot water and sugar, but make sure that water is boiling hot to melt the sugar. Next, mix sugar and hot water until sugar is fully dissolved and pour it into the jar.
Use a citrus juicer to juice limes, lemon, and orange. After the juice is ready, I like to run it through a fine mesh strainer because there will always be a little pulp that snuck in. If you don’t mind the pulp, then you don’t have to run it through a strainer.
Finally, mix the juices with simple syrup in the jar, cover it with a lid or plastic wrap, and refrigerate until ready to make some awesome margaritas.
Make sure to store your homemade margarita mix in the refrigerator and use a a glass jar with an air-tight lid. Properly stored, it should last 5-7 days.
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- 16 oz lime juice about 8 large limes
- 8 oz lemon juice about 4 large lemons
- 4 oz orange juice about 1 large orange
- 1 cup white granulated sugar
- 1 cup hot water
- TIP: make sure to choose ripe fruit that are soft (but not too soft). If fruit is not ripe enough, it will not yield much juice.
- Heat up a cup of water and stir in sugar until dissolved to get simple syrup.
- Squeeze juice from lemons, limes, and oranges. (If you use a juicer, you will get more juice out of each fruit.)
- Optional: run freshly squeezed juices through a fine mesh strainer to get excess pulp out.
- Combine citrus juices and simple syrup in a large glass jar and stir to mix.
- Close the jar with a lid and refrigerate until ready to use.
- Make sure to store your homemade margarita mix in the refrigerator and use a a glass jar with an air-tight lid. Properly stored, it should last 5-7 days.