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The Best Fresh Margarita Served in a Tall Green Glass and Garnished with Lime

The BEST Fresh Margarita Cocktail

Absolutely the best; all fresh squeezed juices, good tequila and orange liqueur make this my favorite margarita of all!
Course Tequila
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 20 minutes
Additional Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 20 minutes
Servings 6 Cocktails
Calories 655kcal
Author Creative Culinary


  • 4 teaspoons grated lime zest
  • ½ cup lime juice from 2 to 3 medium limes
  • 4 teaspoons grated lemon zest
  • ½ cup lemon juice from 2 to 3 medium lemons
  • 1 tsp grated orange zest
  • 2-4 Tbsps orange juice juice from 1 small orange
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • pinch table salt
  • 3 cups ice
  • 1 cup 100 percent agave tequila Blanco or Reposado
  • 1 cup orange liqueur


  • Lime sugar and kosher salt for rimming
  • Lime wedges for garnish


  • Combine the lime, lemon and orange juices with the zest from all three with the sugar, and salt in a large liquid measuring cup; cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until flavors meld, 4 to 24 hours.
  • When ready to serve, rim the edges of margarita or double old-fashioned glasses with a lime slice and dip in a combination of equal parts sugar and kosher salt and fill the glasses with ice.
  • Pour juice mixture into a pitcher with remaining ice. Add tequila and orange liqueur; stir until thoroughly chilled.
  • Strain into ice-filled glasses, garnish with a lime wedge and serve immediately.


  • In a hurry? Skip the zest, combine all the ingredients and serve immediately. I try to give it at least the four hours but in a pinch? This is still very good!
  • In an even BIGGER hurry? Use limeade and lemonade; substituting approximately 1/2 cup of each (not diluted) for the lemon juice, lime juice and sugar. It will be sweeter but it's the price you pay for waiting.
  • For a Girls Nite Out we’ll add some Pomegranate Liqueur instead of the orange liquor for a girly pink version!


Serving: 18 | Calories: 655kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 1g | Sodium: 115mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 29g