I never in a million years would have thought I’d need a homemade margarita mix recipe. I’m really not a into margaritas, at least not usually. (They make me… feisty.) But last week my husband, son and I went to dinner at a new Mexican restaurant in town as kind of a belated Cinco de Mayo slash early Mother’s Day thing. It was a gorgeous day, and I’d had a very hard week, so when I saw a picture of a frosty margarita on my menu I just couldn’t resist.
Halfway through my margarita, I remembered why I don’t drink margaritas very often: those things are strong! (And that’s coming from a dry vodka martini fan.) It was delicious, though!
So delicious that the following weekend I was craving another, so I stopped by the store to pick up the fixings. One glance at the ingredient list on the margarita mix was enough to change my mind:
Water, high fructose corn syrup, wine, citric acid, sodium citrate, sodium benzoate, potassium sorbate (to preserve flavor), cellulose gum, natural flavors, polysorbate 60, and FD&C yellow 5.
Notice what’s not in there? Actual juice. So I headed to the produce section to buy ingredients to make my own homemade margarita mix. Of course, I had to experiment a bit to come up with just the right flavor but I’m a hard worker that way, willing to slog down one margarita after another to find the perfect combination. You’re welcome.
Homemade Margarita Mix
Serves: 5 cups
- ½ cup sugar
- ½ cup water
- 2 cups freshly-squeezed lime juice
- 1 cup freshly-squeezed lemon juice
- 1 cup freshly-squeezed orange juice (optional but nice)
- In a small sauce pan, bring sugar and water to a boil, stirring constantly.
- Reduce heat to medium-low and continue stirring until sugar is completely dissolved.
- Remove from heat, let cool to room temperature.
- Combine sugar water with remaining ingredients. Shake or stir well.
- Can keep in fridge for up 2 days, or in freezer for up to 2 months.
Listen, don’t even think about making this recipe unless you have an electric citrus juicer or several people willing to take turns juicing the fruit. It is a lot of work but it is SO worth it. The flavor is bright and festive, and you’re getting some Vitamin C in the mix. (I told you, I can make anything sound like a health food!)
Now, I know what you’re thinking: “Great, Katie, but how do I turn this into margaritas???” Here’s how:
- ¾ cup homemade margarita mix
- ¼ cup tequila
- 1 tbsp. Cointreau
- 2 cups ice
- 4 slices of fresh lime
- Sugar or salt for rim
- Put all ingredients except for the lime slices and sugar/salt into a blender and blend well. (For margaritas on the rocks, don't put the ice into the blender. Put it in the glasses, but go ahead and blend the liquids together.)
- Dip rims of glasses in water, then in sugar or salt.
- Pour mixture into glasses and garnish with lime slice.
Equipment I Used To Make This: