3 Margaritas with salt rim and lime slice

Stop spending a fortune on Margaritas when you’re out! Bring the party IN this weekend with homemade margaritas! It’s as easy as 1-2-3:  1 part Cointreau, 2 parts lime juice, 3 parts tequila. Shake, pour, sip!

3 Margaritas with salt rim and lime slice


If, like me, it makes you ill thinking how much you’ve spent on cocktails in your lifetime, it’s time to get onto the band wagon of making margaritas at home! Ridiculously easy, it’s a party starter that’s fresh and zingy with just enough sweet, and certainly with a good kick of alcohol that’s going to get you buzzing in no time!

What goes in Margaritas

Here’s what you need – it’s easy as 1-2-3:

  1. 1 part Cointreau (or other triple sec)
  2. 2 parts lime juice
  3. 3 parts tequila

(With “parts” being anything from a shot glass, a tablespoon, a mug or a bottle – just use the same measuring vehicle for each ingredient!)

No sugar! Cointreau is sweet enough as it is – and proper margaritas are meant to be fresh and zingy, not crazy sweet!

What goes in Margaritas

What’s Triple Sec?

Triple Sec is an orange flavoured alcoholic syrup. The most well known brand is Cointreau which is made in France. Triple Sec brands vary in sweetness and intensity / quality of orange flavour. Cointreau is less sweet than most, with a better orange flavour.

SKINNY Margaritas

Skinny Margaritas are all the rage nowadays – and compared to the outrageously sugary margaritas that some places serve, they are much lower in calories. It’s made with orange juice and agave syrup instead of Cointreau.

But here’s what they don’t tell you – Skinny Margaritas only have 15 calories less than classic margaritas made properly with no added sugar.

So, here’s what you need for the Skinny version – and I’ve included the quantities in the recipe card below. It’s a tasty alternative, but I personally don’t make it as a lower cal alternative of classic Margaritas!

What goes into Skinny Margaritas

Both normal and skinny Margaritas can be served in any type of glass, but for the sake of distinguishing between them, here is the Skinny version in a tumbler, served with ice.

Skinny Margarita in a glass with ice, salt on the rim and lime wedge

When to serve Margaritas – and what to serve it with!

Margaritas are a classic drink of choice for parties and all things Mexican! A backyard BBQ with friends, Friday night Nachos, a Sunday Mexican fiesta!

Kick off a party with Margaritas, chips and dip – everybody’s favourite Guacamole or my infamous Pig-Out-Salsa that everyone goes bonkers over.

They’re dangerously drinkable – fresh and zingy rather than ridiculously sweet which means you don’t get sugared out, you can literally drink them all night. You can’t taste the alcohol but they are pretty darn potent!

Plus, they’re easy to make in big batch quantities – just mix up a jug and keep it in the fridge to pour on demand. Now that’s a way to keep the party going!! – Nagi x

Watch how to make it

Margaritas (plus SKINNY margaritas!)

Recipe video above. Classic margarita! Fresh and zingy with just a touch of sweet. Crazy sugary margaritas are just wrong!!! Use recipe SCALER to make a big jug. Bonus Skinny Margarita version provided – but NOTE if you make classic margaritas the propery way (per this recipe), they only have 15 calories more than Skinny Margaritas!


  • 45 ml / 1.5oz tequila
  • 30 ml / 1 oz lime juice
  • 15 ml/ 0.5 oz Cointreau ((or other Triple Sec) (Note 1))

Skinny Margaritas:

  • 60 ml/ 2oz tequila
  • 45 ml / 1.5 oz lime juice
  • 30 ml / 1 oz orange juice
  • 1 tsp light agave nectar ((Note 2))

For serving / salt rim:

  • 1 lime wedge (, plus extra for serving)
  • 1/4 cup coarse salt

Salt rim:

  1. Chill glasses in the fridge for 30 minutes.
  2. Place salt in small dish.
  3. Rub rim lightly with lime wedge, then press rim down into salt.

Margarita (both versions):

  1. Place ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice, shake 15 times to chill well.
  2. Strain into cocktail glass or tumbler. Ice in glass is optional.

1. Triple sec is an orange flavoured liquor. The most popular brand is Cointreau.

2. Agave nectar is a natural sweetener with lower calories than sugar and other liquid sweet things like honey (it has about half the calories or honey). Nowadays can be found in large supermarkets (Australia: Coles/Woolies/Harris).

3. Big batch – make in jug and keep in the fridge. Don’t use ice – they will melt and dilute the flavour. Or use non-melting ice options like reusable ice cubes (artificial ice cubes).

4. Nutrition for classic Margarita. Skinny Margarita – 148 calories with 11g carbs, it has more carbs because of the sugar in the orange juice!

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