A margarita is a simple yet classic cocktail perfect for any occasion. This 3 ingredient margarita comes together in minutes.

Simple Classic 3 Ingredient Margarita Recipe

A margarita is a simple yet classic cocktail perfect for any occasion. This 3 ingredient margarita comes together in minutes. 

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For most people, when you think of the perfect drink for those warm summer days, a cold margarita is at the top of that list. Maybe it comes to mind for you around Cinco de Mayo. Or, for some, having a good margarita after a long day is an excellent way to end the evening. 

Having a few simple ingredients on hand makes it easy to prepare the perfect margarita anytime you want one. We make ours with tequila, agave syrup, and lime juice. Many will use either triple sec or simple syrup, but we like the ease of having a bottle of agave syrup ready to go. It gives the right sweet flavor without the orange liqueur since I don’t care for orange drinks as much. 

Since a traditional margarita is made with tequila, which I don’t care for very much, I don’t drink this drink very often. But Justin enjoys one when we have Mexican food for dinner. There are many tequila brands, and the best tequila will make the best margarita. You don’t have to spend a lot, though, on good-quality tequila, just make sure it’s a decent one. 

Homemade margaritas are the best because you can customize them to your liking. You can make a simple margarita as below, or get margarita mix and add some flavor to that. 

Adding a Salt Rim

If you want to add a salt rim to your glass, it’s pretty easy to do. Start by getting two shallow bowls, one with water and the other filled with salt. Dip the rim of the glass into the bowl of water and then into the bowl of salt. You can purchase specially-made margarita salt, sea salt, or kosher salt. 

​There’s also a difference in taste if you can use fresh lime juice. If we do that, I purchase two limes per drink. The first is to squeeze fresh for the drink. The other lime is cut into slices to have a lime slice for the garnish at the end. 

3 Ingredient Margarita Step by Step

Ingredients

  • 2 oz tequila (4 tbsp)
  • 1 oz agave syrup (2 tbsp)
  • 1 oz lime juice (2 tbsp)

Preparation

Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice.

Put the lid on and shake for about 30 seconds.

Strain and pour into a margarita glass rimmed with salt (if desired).

Garnish with a lime wedge and serve immediately.

3 Ingredient Margarita Leftovers

Storage: If you have extra margarita, you can cover it and store in the refrigerator for up to a day. Make sure to give it a good shake or stir before serving.

Recipe

Originally Published On: July 3, 2023

Classic margarita in a glass rimmed with salt and garnished with a lime wedge with a lime wedge in front of the glass on a white surface

3 Ingredient Margarita

A margarita is a simple yet classic cocktail perfect for any occasion. This 3 ingredient margarita comes together in minutes. 
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course:
Drinks
Cuisine:
American
Diet
Gluten Free
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Vegan
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Vegetarian
Keyword:
alcoholic
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drink
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margarita
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summer
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tequila
Dietary Needs:
Dairy-Free
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Egg-Free
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Gluten-Free
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Nut-Free
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Vegan
Servings: 1 drink
5 from 7 votes

Ingredients

  • 2 oz tequila (4 tbsp)
  • 1 oz agave syrup (2 tbsp)
  • 1 oz lime juice (2 tbsp)

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Instructions

  • Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice
  • Put the lid on and shake for about 30 seconds
  • Strain and pour into a margarita glass rimmed with salt (if desired)
  • Garnish with a lime wedge and serve immediately
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Nutrition Facts
3 Ingredient Margarita
Amount Per Serving (4 oz)
Calories 226 Calories from Fat 1
% Daily Value*
Fat 0.1g0%
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.01g
Sodium 2mg0%
Potassium 35mg1%
Carbohydrates 24g8%
Fiber 0.2g1%
Sugar 20g22%
Protein 0.1g0%
Vitamin A 14IU0%
Vitamin C 13mg16%
Calcium 4mg0%
Iron 0.1mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

All nutritional information is based on third-party calculations and should be considered estimates. Actual nutrition content will vary based on brands used, measuring methods, portion sizes, and more.

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12 thoughts on “Simple Classic 3 Ingredient Margarita Recipe”

  1. 5 stars
    This margarita recipe looks so simple! I love that it only has three ingredients. I can’t wait to enjoy this yummy treat on the deck this summer!

  2. 5 stars
    This margarita recipe is so simple to make in a cocktail shaker. Such a refreshing drink to enjoy on the deck after a long day.

  3. 5 stars
    So many reasons why we should make this recipe. Its easy and quick, with only few ingredients and its perfect for gatherings.

  4. Hihi….oh wow, I had no idea that margaritas are made with some tequila in them. The old me would definitely try this drink right away, from work. Let me share it with the boys.

  5. 5 stars
    Yay! I would enjoy Margarita for all occasions, it’s good and easy to prepare. Thanks for sharing this recipe!

  6. A cocktail shaker makes this margarita recipe so simple. There are so many beautiful and interesting ingredients used in them!

  7. 5 stars
    I love how this 3-ingredient margarita recipe keeps things simple and delicious. It’s great to have a quick and easy go-to recipe for margaritas, and this one fits the bill perfectly. Cheers to a refreshing and enjoyable cocktail with minimal effort!

  8. OK so we have been trying a ton of marg recipes this summer and can’t find one that hits right. Will give yours a try this weekend!

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