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Lemon-Lime Margaritas are a perfect way to wind down after a hot, summer day. Icy cold and citrusy with fresh limes, lemons, and orange juice.
(Post modified with new photos on 8/16/23.)
We love them on Friday nights at our house, especially when I’m serving Mexican food. Here are a few tips I’ve learned in my quest to make delicious Margaritas. Please note, these are not what some call “authentic” Margaritas.
A Few Notes about the Ingredients
First off, buy a high-quality tequila. Yes, they are more expensive, but your enjoyment level will increase immensely. I highly recommend Don Julio, Patron, or 1800. And buy silver tequila.
Next, I’ve opted to use Cointreau Orange Liqueur rather than Triple-Sec. In doing so, the taste of the end-result improves. And yes, it’s more expensive, but oh, so much better.
My use of agave syrup is another way to up the quality of the Margarita. I’ve tried substituting a homemade simple syrup using an equal ratio of sugar and water, which is heated until the sugar is dissolved. Having used both methods, I prefer the agave syrup and believe it lends more flavor to the drink, but the homemade syrup works in a pinch.
Use fresh lemons, limes, and oranges if possible. My orange juice is freshly made from concentrate, so I bend a little here. If you want to use fresh orange juice, all the better.
Last but not least, I like coarse salt such as sea salt on the rim of my glasses. My daughters prefer a mixture of salt and sugar.
Also, I use bagged ice from an ice-machine, simply because I like the size of the cubes. Switch things up if you want and make a Frozen Margarita. (See my notes in the recipe below.) My Kitchen Aid Blender does an amazing job of crushing the ice and blending everything perfectly.
More Icy Drinks to Enjoy
Ingredients for Lemon-Lime Margaritas
(See the full recipe at the bottom of this post.)
- high-quality silver tequila
- Cointreau Orange Liqueur
- Agave Syrup
- Fresh Limes and Lemons
- Fresh Oranges or Orange Juice
- Sea Salt
- Small Ice Cubes
Instructions on Making This Recipe
Gather the ingredients so that you have everything close at hand on the counter or table.
Prepare the Ingredients
Using a large cutting board, cut the limes and lemons in half. Using a lemon juicer, squeeze juice into a large glass measuring cup, using a wire mesh strainer to remove any seeds. Pour into a large glass pitcher. Do the same with fresh oranges, or you may opt to use orange juice that is already made.
Once the juices have been added, stir in the agave syrup, and Cointreau. Finish with desired amount of Tequila. Start with 1 cup and taste, then add more, if desired. Stir well.
At this point you may begin serving your drinks or refrigerate until ready to serve.
Line the brims of margarita glasses or jars with the juice from a lime and dip in sea salt. I will use a couple of the limes that have already been juiced to do this, which works just fine.
Fill glasses with small cubed ice. Pour tequila mixture over ice and serve. This recipe will serves 4-6 people.
*To make a Frozen Margarita, add all ingredients to a blender and mix along with 12-14 ice cubes until ice has been crushed. Pour into prepared glasses and serve immediately.
- 6 oz. freshly squeezed lime juice
- 4 oz. freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 4 oz. orange juice
- 1/2 cup agave syrup
- 1/4 cup Cointreau
- 1-2 cups good quality silver tequila 1800 Silver or Don Julio
- Course sea salt for glasses
- Small Cubed Ice
- Using a large cutting board, cut the limes and lemons in half. Squeeze juice into a large glass measuring cup, removing any seeds with a fine mesh strainer. Pour into a large glass pitcher.
- Do the same for oranges, or use orange juice that is already made.
- Once the juices have been added, stir in the agave syrup, and Cointreau. Finish with desired amount of Tequila. Start with 1 cup and taste, then add more if desired. Stir well.
- Line margarita glasses or jars with lime juice and dip in sea salt. Fill glasses with small cubed ice. Pour tequila mixture over ice and serve. Serves 4-6.