5 stars based on 19 votes


Citrusy and slightly sweet, these margaritas are a more refined version of the syrupy-sweet, fake tasting margaritas served at many bars and restaurants.  They go down easy — in fact, whenever I make them for a party, I simply cannot keep up with the demand! The trick is to use a good quality, all-natural limeade, such as Newman’s Own. It’s easier than using an artificial margarita mix or frozen concentrate and so much better tasting. A little fresh lime juice is also a must. Salt on the rim of the glass is optional but I definitely recommend it — a little goes a long way in making all the sweet and sour flavors pop.

If you want to prepare a pitcher instead of making individual cocktails, simply adjust the quantities for the number of drinks you need. Mix the limeade, tequila, Cointreau and lime juice in a pitcher, keep cool, then pour into prepared glasses over ice when ready to serve.

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Servings: 1 drink
Total Time: 5 Minutes


  • 4 ounces (1/2 cup) all-natural limeaid, such as Newman's Own
  • 1-1/2 ounces (3 tablespoons or 1 shot) Tequila
  • 1/2 ounce (1 tablespoon) orange liqueur, such as Cointreau or Grand Marnier
  • 1/2 ounce (1 tablespoon) fresh lime juice, from 1/2 a lime
  • Lime slices, for garnish
  • Coarse salt for rimming the glass


  1. Place coarse salt on a small plate. Rub rim of glass with lime wedge and dip in coarse salt if desired. Add ice to glass if using.
  2. Combine drink ingredients in a cocktail shaker, add some ice and shake vigorously, then strain into prepared glass. Garnish rim with lime slice.
  3. Note: If you want to prepare a pitcher instead of making individual cocktails, simply adjust the quantities for the number of drinks you need. Mix the limeade, tequila, Cointreau and lime juice in a pitcher, keep cool, then pour into prepared glasses over ice when ready to serve.
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Reviews & Comments

  • 5 stars

    By far the BEST Margaritas! Not too sweet, and not too strong (but strong enough). These are now my fave Summer drink. I used Milagro Silver for the tequila, and Cointreau. Fantastic!!

    - Dee on July 8, 2018 Reply
  • 5 stars

    I’ve been making mine this way as a fledgling bartender many years ago. I also add a splash of fresh-squeezed orange juice and a pinch of kosher salt to the mix, instead of salting the rim of the glasses. It’s the perfect balance of salty and sweet and tart and boozy!

    - Edi on May 3, 2018 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Made this tonight. Mui bueno! My cookbook just shipped! It’s been a long wait. Super excited! Congrats Jenn what an amazing accomplishment. So cool to see dreams come true!

    - Kerrie on April 22, 2018 Reply
    • Thank you, Kerrie! ❤️

      - Jenn on April 22, 2018 Reply
  • Is the limeade mix diluted with water before adding it to the rest of the ingredients or used as a concentrate?

    - Melissa on October 3, 2017 Reply
    • No, the limeade does not need to be diluted with water. Enjoy!

      - Jenn on October 3, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    We make this whenever we want margaritas! So much better than store bought mix! Thank you!

    - Anna on July 29, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Happy Fourth of July! We are off to a friends lake house with a cooler full of your goodies….black bean and corn salad, chipotle chicken quesadillas, and a LARGE batch of your wonderful margaritas! I read the reviews and put the drinks in mason jars with a lime slice in each one…what a darling idea from another reviewer! I’m betting I get invited back!!!!!!!! Thanks Jen!

    - Gayann on July 2, 2017 Reply
  • So what kind of tequila do you prefer?

    - Kim on June 29, 2017 Reply
    • I like Patrón Silver.

      - Jenn on June 29, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Very tasty Margaritas – just enough tequila for a little kick, but not so much that your guests are throwing rocks at each other! We have found our summer drink.

    - Kate on May 21, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Is there a substitute for the limeade? The container has so much for two people to use up.
    We can only drink so many at once, even though they taste amazing!!

    Thanks for your time!

    - Heather M Jacoby on May 3, 2017 Reply
    • Hi Heather, glad you like these! In order to avoid waste, you could make your own limeade. It’s just combination of lime juice, sugar and water. You could make it to taste or look for a recipe online.

      - Jenn on May 3, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    NeeD recipe for a large pitcher ASAP

    - Cheryl on July 2, 2016 Reply
    • Hi Cheryl, Simply adjust the quantities for the number of drinks you need. Mix the limeade, tequila, Cointreau and lime juice in a pitcher, keep cool, then pour into prepared glasses over ice when ready to serve. Enjoy!

      - Jenn on July 2, 2016 Reply
  • These are delicious! When in season, finish with a squeeze of a fresh blood orange wedge and these go to a whole new level! Jenn mentioned difficulty keeping up with demand, so here’s our tip that works out well for parties: Mix up a huge batch and pour 1 cup servings into individual mason jars – leaves them about half full. We put the lids on and then pile the cute jars into a metal tub filled with ice. All guests have to do is grab a jar, grab a handful of ice and put it in the jar, shake vigorously, toss the cap, and enjoy!

    - Amy on April 6, 2016 Reply
  • 5 stars

    This is my new favorite Margarita recipe. Look no further, so good!

    - Pauline on December 10, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Love this and my son loves the non-alcoholic version

    - Chantell on August 27, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    These were fabulous and so easy. Had a girls night with fresh guacamole and Mahi-mahi fish tacos. Love your recipes !

    - Nanci on August 27, 2015 Reply
  • 4 stars

    Delicious…..but I have another option that I make regularly. I use one cup tequila, 3/4 cup triple sec, 3/4 cup fresh squeezed lime juice, and 3 cans of your favorite nectar. I use mango, peach, pear, whatever is your fancy. Mix, chill, pour over ice.

    - Lynn on July 26, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    These were delicious! My husband loves to have a margarita when he gets home from work. Can I make a batch to store in the refrigerator for 3-4 days? Or do they have to be made fresh each time? Thanks!

    - Mindy on July 25, 2015 Reply
    • Hi Mindy, So glad you enjoyed them! It’s fine to make a large batch and keep in the fridge.

      - Jenn on July 26, 2015 Reply
  • Freaking yummy!

    - Laura on July 23, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Had theses, and loved them! I will never ever buy that pre made stuff again! Will be trying the pomegranate ones soon!

    - Tori on April 2, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Yum! Enjoyed this recently with sriracha chicken and Black Bean & Corn Salad with Chipotle-Honey Vinaigrette.

    - Lindsey on March 22, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    I’ve made this with Simply Lime (I personally prefer that to the Newman’s) from the dairy/oj section and it was delicious. And super easy and so fresh-tasting. I didn’t have any cointreau so will have to pick that up. And I love spicy margaritas so I’m going to have try one commenter’s suggestion about infusing tequila… project!

    - Melissa Donnelly on March 20, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Is there a non alcoholic version of this? I like the flavor but don’t want to serve alcohol at a luncheon.

    - coco kaminsen on March 19, 2015 Reply
    • Hi Coco, The non-alcoholic version would probably just be limeaid.

      - Jenn on March 21, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    This is the perfect ‘rita! Best I’ve ever had!

    - Shannon on December 3, 2014 Reply
  • 5 stars

    This is one of the easiest and best tasting margaritas I have made. It’s always a hit and is sooooo much better than the pre-made mixes

    - Cindy on July 23, 2014 Reply
  • It never fails to wow me that people will tell you that foods are healthy (Newman’s Own Limeade) and in the same breath have you combine it with a known lethal human toxin (alcohol). The same dichotomy exists at Trader Joe’s i.e. they sell “health foods” but over a third of their revenue is from alcohol. Don’t get me wrong, I love good margaritas.

    - Bruce on March 22, 2013 Reply
    • Wow, “Don’t-get-me-wrong-Bruce”, your post is confusing… on one hand you insult the blog’s author and on the other hand you say, “love good m…” So, what is your HEALTHY recipe?

      - Jen on August 7, 2013 Reply
  • At our family reunion last week, the margaritas were flowing. This is such an easy recipe and the best one I have tried.

    - Gayle Snyder on June 24, 2012 Reply
  • If you like your margaritas spicy, you can infuse the tequila with jalepenos overnight and it gives it a little kick.

    - Amanda S. on June 20, 2012 Reply
  • Tried this at my last summer party and was a huge hit! This is by far the most refreshing tasting margarita I’ve ever had!

    - Tami on June 20, 2012 Reply
  • wow!..,this is great i’ll make this one..,

    - Nica Damo on June 6, 2012 Reply
  • This drink is so easy to make with this recipe. I can’t get a better margarita going out.

    - Gayle Snyder on May 18, 2012 Reply
  • will definitely buy all ingredients to make this….

    - edna on May 15, 2012 Reply
  • I’ve never heard of Newman’s own limeade. I hope my grocery store carries. This looks so yummy. Right now, I could use one of these.

    - Tricia O on March 8, 2012 Reply
  • My family and I consider ourselves margarita EXPERTS. These sound delicious. I will definitely try them! Thanks!

    - Michelle on March 1, 2012 Reply
  • was wondering if you could give me a recipe for a pitcherful. When I try to increase it, it’s just not as good. Love it though.

    - Gayle Snyder on September 1, 2011 Reply
  • My husband bought tequila for the holiday weekend. This will be perfect!

    - Jennifer on July 2, 2010 Reply
  • These are wonderful. Perfect to relax after a long day at work. I’ll definitely be making them again and again. Thanks!

    - Suzanne on May 20, 2010 Reply
  • It may not be a traditional margarita, but it sure does look and sound delicious! I’ll have to give it a try on a hot summer night :).

    - Lauren on May 20, 2010 Reply
  • These look great, but I would never use Patron for a Margarita. Why mask the great flavor it has with other stronger flavors? Use something like a Sauza Hornitos for mixing and drink your Patron straight.

    - B on May 20, 2010 Reply
  • YUM! Even at 7:49am. LOL

    - the domestic mama on May 19, 2010 Reply
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