Simple Lemon Lime Margaritas

finished drink with 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!

This post was originally published in May 2018 – I’ve since updated the photos! 

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 dry red wine and some dark chocolate and I’m good to go.

However, I’ve been getting tired of it. Without being able to go on date nights and go to a bar for a fun drink, Ben and I have been buying smaller bottles of different liquors to try and experiment and make our own mixed drinks!

straight on shot with ice in glass

And this margarita has quickly become my all time favorite.

Why You Should Ditch the Store-Bought Mix and Make Your Own!

These margs are super refreshing – they’re cold, tangy and fresh! I love how you can taste the fresh lime and lemon in them. No offense to the store-bought stuff or the margs you get at a restaurant but sometimes I feel like they can be waaay overly sweet! 

I love that these margaritas are sweetened only with a little bit of simple syrup so they aren’t gonna make you have a headache the next day type of sweet. You know what I mean? 

pouring tequila into glass

I think that’s truly one of the reasons that 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! It’s salty (hello salted rim!), tangy from the freshly squeezed citrus, slightly sweet from the simple syrup and oh so delicious! 

Ingredients Needed:

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!

margarita ingredients

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. The limes and lemons are so fresh and tart and juicy!

lemons and limes

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.

overhead close up of salty marg

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

Margarita Variations 

Want to spice up your margarita game this weekend? I have two other easy substitution recipes with this base as a recipe I want to share with you. 

First off, this Sugared Chili Marg!

sugared chili rim marg

It has the exact same base of the drink – but instead of just plain salt around the rim, I added a mixture of chili powder, sugar, lime zest and salt. Hello smoky + sweet goodness! 

Another variation I had to try out was this Jalapeno Marg!

jalapeno marg

With this one, it’s the same Lemon Lime Margarita base – but if desired, muddle 1-2 fresh thin jalapeno slices (I would recommend that you de-seed them) at the bottom. Pour the drink over the slices and then for garnish, if you want extra heat, add a couple more fresh slices! 

Remember that jalapenos vary in spiciness so start off with a little – you can always add more if you want 🙂 

I kept this rim with the salt though – spicy and salty! 

hand holding marg for cheers

Now you have a refreshing delicious and simple margarita for you to help ease your stress away! Try these for a fun and relaxing drink to make at home for Cinco De Mayo this year! Cheers! Xo.

Did you enjoy this recipe? Here are a few more Cinco De Mayo recipes you might like: 

Easy Homemade Salsa

Chipotle Ground Chicken Tacos 

Roasted Garlic Green Goddess Tacos 

Baked Loaded Chicken Nachos

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Simple Lemon Lime Margaritas

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!

Course Drinks
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword jalapeno margarita, lemon lime margaritas, lemon margaritas, simple margaritas
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 2 drinks
Author Haylie

Ingredients

  • 3 oz Silver Patron Tequila (divided into 2 drinks)
  • 2 large lemons, squeezed (about 2-2.5 oz. of juice)
  • 2 large limes, squeezed (about 2-2.5 oz. of juice)
  • salt for the rim

Simple Syrup

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup white granulated sugar

Jalapeno Margarita

  • 2-3 fresh slices of jalapeno

Sugared Chili Margarita

  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Instructions

Simple Syrup

  1. In a pot, bring 1 cup of boiling water to a boil. Add in the 1 cup of sugar. Stir to combine and then take it off the heat. Let it cool completely - place in fridge if you wanna cool it super fast!

Lemon Lime Margarita

  1. Using a handheld juicer, squeeze the lemons and limes. Mine yielded about 4-5 oz or so of fresh citrus juice.

  2. Use a 1:1:1 ratio for the drink AKA 1.5 oz of tequila, 1.5 oz of lemon/lime juice and 1.5 oz of simple syrup.

  3. Coat the rim of the glass either with lime or water. In the glass, add in ice. Follow this by adding the chilled simple syrup, the lemon/lime juice and the tequila Mix together using a cocktail stirrer or normal spoon 🙂 Garnish with lime and enjoy!

Sugared Chili Margarita

  1. Follow the above steps to make the drink - except instead of normal salt, mix together the chili powder, sugar and salt on a plate. Coat the rim of your glass with water or lime and then dip it into the sugared chili mixture. Enjoy!

Jalapeno Margarita

  1. Add in 1-2 fresh slices of DE-SEEDED jalapeno in the bottom of the glass. Using a spoon, gently crush/muddle them. Follow the steps above for making the base of the drink. If desired, garnish with another couple slices of jalapenos.

    Remember that jalapenos vary by heat so be careful 🙂 Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

You will have leftovers of the simple syrup and possibly the citrus. Store them in the fridge in a jar for the next round! 

The size of the citrus will vary - my 2 large lemons and limes yielded about 4-5 oz of juice. 

It's a 1:1:1 ratio: Add 1.5 oz of tequila, 1.5 oz. of lemon/lime juice and then 1.5 oz of simple syrup. This can be adjusted to your liking - this is just how we like ours 🙂 

You will also have leftovers of the sugared chili rim mixture! You can feel free to save that as well. You don't need to overload the rim just to make sure you use it all!

DE-SEED the jalapenos - this will help eliminate the heat and get rid of those pesky seeds! Remember that jalapenos vary in heat so start off small and build up! 

6 comments / Add your comment below

  1. These are my favorite margs of all-time! My hubby bought some margarita mix from the store a while ago and it has just been sitting in our fridge taking up space since we found these!! Time to throw it out because I will NEVER go back! Can’t wait to try the jalapeño one next!

  2. 5 stars
    I love a good margarita and this one look super delicious, Haylie! Plus, who doesn’t love lemon lime? Just in time for Cinco de Mayo celebrations, too! Going to whip one up this weekend! Cheers, my friend! Have a lovely weekend 🙂

  3. 5 stars
    I was looking for a simple marg recipe that only used juice, tequila & simple syrup, because that’s all I have. Landed on this recipe and it’s literally the best margarita I’ve ever had. I’m adding lemons and limes to my weekly shop just so I can have these anytime I want. Finding this recipe has been the one good thing that’s happened so far in 2020. 😉 Thanks!!

    1. Oh Kalee, this review just 100% made my life! SO SO glad you were able to find this recipe and use what you had on hand! And the best thing that happened in 2020 comment….#crying!!! Cheers to you! 🙂

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