The Best Margarita Recipe to Make at Home

Although this blog is mainly about wine, every once in a while it’s good to mix it up and display a little drink diversity. Living in the Texas summer heat, nothing is better than a crisp and cold margarita by the pool. We spent the past year experimenting with a number different combinations of the basic margarita ingredients and have landed on this as the best margarita to have by the pool on a summer day.

So, without further extraneous words, here it is:

Erik’s Neighborhood-Famous Poolside Margarita:

In a large cocktail shaker put:

  • 3 shots of 100% blue agave tequila (prefer a Reposado, although it doesn’t have to be expensive, I like the Familia Camarena)
  • 3 shots of freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 2 shots of simple syrup (equal parts water and sugar). You also can use agave nectar instead, but I prefer the simple syrup.
  • 2 shots of Grand Marnier (yes, it has to be Grand Marnier, don’t bother with Triple Sec)
  • 1 and 1/2 shot of orange juice

Shake and pour over ice

Will make 2 – 3 drinks depending on the size of the shot glass and amount of ice used.

If you need instructions for making easy simple syrup in the microwave: go here.

Love to hear what you think in the comments if you give this a try. Have another version you like?  Leave it in the comments as well!

Feature Image: Margarita by Chris Humphrey from, used under Creative Commons 4.0.

6 Comments Add yours

  1. babso2you says:

    I have to try this…my recipe: 3 shots of tequila, 2 shots triple sec and one shot of roses lime juice. Blend or serve over ice…

    1. Erik Johnson says:

      I am going to try yours tomorrow!

  2. Rhonda and Mark LeGros says:

    Used Cointreau instead of Triple Sec. Used pineapple orange juice instead of straight orange juice. Used (sweetened) Rose’s Lime juice because we were out of limes. Added a 1/4 shot simple syrup to sweeten it a tad more. Great recipe! We will definitely make these again (this weekend??).. 🙂

    1. Erik Johnson says:

      Love Countreau instead of Triple Sec whenever we can!

  3. YUM! Cannot wait to try this out!

  4. Defintiely going to have to try this!

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