Homemade Margarita Mix Recipe

This Homemade Margarita Mix is a simple recipe to make from scratch and only needs four simple ingredients – limes, lemons, sugar and water. It’s easy to make and really delicious!

A drink in a margarita glass, resting on a wooden board with lemons and limes nearby

Margarita Mix From Scratch

This past weekend was my husband’s birthday. He’s an easy-going guy and only asked for two things for his special day – a birthday cake (his favorite, a Victoria Sandwich Cake, the same one I make every year) and homemade shrimp tacos for dinner. Super easy. I figured while I was at it, I’d make his favorite drink – homemade margaritas. Instead of buying mix from the store (which has some pretty gross ingredients in it) I made a batch of my own margarita mix. It’s so easy to make – you’ll never buy the pre-made one again!

Cut lemons and limes for the homemade margarita mix

Ingredients For The Margarita

The margarita mix only requires four basic ingredients:

  • limes
  • lemons
  • sugar
  • water

This homemade margarita does not require triple sec. Instead I use simple syrup which is a really great substitute. Simple syrup, by the way, is basically just a fancy term for sugar dissolved in water.

Margarita mix from scratch in a salt rimmed glass

Making the Margarita

  1. Pour half a cup of water into a saucepan, turn it to medium heat and dissolve half a cup of sugar in it. Allow it to fully cool.
  2. Meanwhile, juice half a cup of limes (about 4 limes) and half a cup of lemons (about 2 lemons). You can also use all lemons for this recipe, but I really enjoy the extra flavor the lime provides.
  3. Pour all the ingredients into a bottle or mason jar and shake or stir to combine. Store in the fridge for up to a week.
  4. When you’re ready to serve your margarita, simply add tequila to a salt-rimmed glass, and enjoy!
Cutting board with limes, lemons and a glass of homemade margarita mix

How to Add a Salt Rim to Your Glass

Don’t forget to salt the rim! That’s my husband’s favorite part! Just add equal parts salt and sugar to a plate. Rub a lime around the rim of a margarita glass and dip in the salt mix. Cut a slice of lime, place on the side of the glass and pour in your chilled margarita mix and tequila.

close up of a salt rimmed margarita glass garnished with a lime

I think our margaritas really were the cherry on the top of a wonderful birthday dinner for Brian! If you’re a margarita fan, you’re going to have to try this recipe. I know you’ll love it!

Margarita Mix Recipe

Margarita Mix Recipe

Margarita in a stemmed glass with a lemon and sugar around the rim
Making your Margarita Mix from scratch requires four simple ingredients – limes, lemons, sugar and water. It’s so easy to make at home and absolutely delicious!
Jenna Shaughnessy
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cooling 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Serving Size 1


  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • ½ cup freshly squeezed lime juice approximately 4 limes
  • ½ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice approximately 2 lemons


Make The Simple Syrup

  • In a saucepan, combine the sugar and water. Over medium heat, allow to dissolve. Set aside to cool.

Juice The Fruit

  • Juice the limes and lemons, making sure no flesh or seeds get through.
  • Add the juice to the simple syrup. Store in a glass bottle in the fridge for up to two weeks.

When Ready To Serve

  • Add tequila (and optional triple sec). Salt the rim of the glass before serving. Serve chilled. 
  • You can easily double or triple the recipe if you’re making this margarita mix for a lot of people.

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