Simple Lemon Lime Margaritas

lemon lime margarita close up of salted rim

These Simple Lemon Lime Margaritas are filled with only 4 ingredients – lemon, lime, simple syrup and tequila! They’re tart, a little sweet and so refreshing!

So I’m gonna be real with y’all for a second. I usually am not a margarita drinker. For me, as basic as it sounds, give me a spicy red wine and some dark chocolate and I’m good to go.

However, we have had extremely hot weather here in NC the past week. Spring has finally sprung and maybe just went straight into summer? Not sure. That’s how North Carolina weather is, though. You never know.

When it’s super hot, I’m all about drinking a cold beverage! Whether it’s a La Croix, ice cold water or, of course, these delicious margaritas!

lemon lime margarita overhead shot with tequila and extra limes and lemons in the background

These margs are super refreshing – they’re cold, tangy and fresh! I love how you can taste the fresh lime and lemon in them. They’re sweetened only with a little bit of simple syrup so they aren’t overwhelmingly sweet like the kind you get at restaurants. That’s why I love making cocktails at home! You get to:

  • know exactly what ingredients you’re putting in the drink
  • use as much or as little alcohol as you want
  • use as much or as little sugar as you want

And it all turns into a fantastic drink!

Let me break it down as to what is exactly in these margaritas. First, you have your tequila! Use whatever kind you want – but my hubs and I prefer Silver Patron as opposed to gold. In fact, we learned that gold has the color because it is aged in oak barrels! Pretty cool. So if you want a less “oaky” taste – stick with silver. This is the brand we purchased!

altos tequila used for the lemon lime margaritas

Random thought – does anyone always think of THIS song when they drink tequila? I certainly do. Also, I now apologize for getting this song in your head. Pls forgive me.

Next ingredient: Fresh limes + lemon. It’s a little bit of work squeezing them but it’s completely worth it. Please promise me you won’t buy those huge bottles of margarita mixers! The limes and lemons are so fresh and tart and juicy – I truly believe you won’t miss the super sugary pre-made mixers.

For the sweetener in this drink, you’re welcome to skip it altogether! But, if you want just a little bit of sweetness to contrast the tart citrus, make a simple syrup! Combine one cup of water with one cup of sugar and let it combine in a pot on the stove. Use as little or as much as you’d like in your drink.

And that’s it! Slide a lime around the glass rim, rub it in salt, pour a shot (or two) of tequila, add the lemon-lime juice and a little bit of simple syrup. Add some ice, shake it up, and you’re done!

finished lemon lime margarita with a straw in front of a white background

Now you have a refreshing delicious and simple margarita for you to help ease your stress away!

Hope you guys have a super safe and fun Cinco De Mayo! Xo.

Simple Lemon Lime Margaritas

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 drink


  • 1 oz tequila
  • 2 oz lemon juice
  • 2 oz lime juice
  • 1 oz simple syrup
  • salt and lime for garnish (optional)


  1. Coat the rim of the glass with a lime, rub it in salt. Combine the tequila, lemon juice, lime juice and simple syrup. Add some ice and either shake or stir the cocktail. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

For the lemon and lime juice: I squeezed 4-6 oz of both the limes and the lemons for each drink which equated to about 4-5 limes and 4-5 lemons. (It all depends on the size of the lemon/limes you use - I used large citrus!)

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