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The EASIEST MARGARITA is just 3 ingredients away from being in your hand! Start happy hour with MINIMAL EFFORT and MAXIMUM REFRESHMENT! Just in time for the weekend!

close up of cocktail with lime garnish on wood tray

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Margaritas are one of those classic cocktails that I order when I go out and one that I love to make at home when it’s happy hour, which is pretty much all day long.

But when times are stressful and I am just ready to prop my feet up I don’t want to pull out 17 ingredients to make a cocktail. I want a drink in my hand PRONTO!

So how do you make a margarita that is easy and tasty?

Simple and pure. With high quality ingredients, you don’t need much fluff.

With so many variations out there let’s start with the basics.

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3 glasses of margaritas


  • Tequila
  • Lime juice
  • Orange Liqueur or Triple Sec
  • Agave for sweetness if you need it
  • and some salt for the rim of the glass.

With regards to the ingredients of a margarita, the biggest debate is whether or not to add sugar or use a mix.

Now I love the tartness of limes so I am not one for using sugar, a simple syrup, or even honey/agave, but I know there are people that do. If we are talking about a fruity margarita, the fruit adds the right amount of natural sugar.

But give me a tart margarita any day of the week. Please give me one because I love them so!

Margarita with 3 ingredients on wood tray


So the thing that makes this margarita SIMPLE yet a TOTAL HIT is the Limeade. I use the Simply brand but you can use a frozen or homemade variation.

I drink limeade already so having a drink that is real lime juice already prepared is a bonus in this situation.

No one is in the mood to squeeze 1000 limes, which makes my hands hurt even with my juicer, nor do you want to make simple syrup or keep it on hand all the time.

I have squeezed limes for fresh margaritas and it is totally worth it, but this summer, I am all about the simple. When I am ready for one I don’t want to do a workout first.

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overhead picture of 3 cocktails on a wood platter


The only thing that I get fancy on is the garnish! And by fancy, I mean cutting my lime garnish three different ways.  Keeping with the theme of three here!

The traditional lime wedge is great, but I love the look of a lime wheel or slice. It just gives off a presence on the rim of the glass that you can’t help but smile at. My third one is a lime curl or twist.

This easy margarita is meant to be easy so if you don’t want to work for a garnish, screw it and just toss in a lime wedge and drink on.

3 ingredients margarita in a glass with lime curls


I don’t think so but most do so I include it here. If you really need the orange flavor to balance out this margarita, try fresh squeezing an orange and garnish with an orange wedge. Or add in a splash of orange juice.


The purpose of this recipe is to make things as easy as possible but if you want to make limeade from scratch, I have a recipe in for you that uses honey instead of refined sugar


  • Use high quality blanco tequila!
  • Shake the ingredients, don’t stir together to really incorporate the flavors.
  • Make sure the salt for the rim is a course salt for texture.
  • Spice it up with some fresh jalapeño slices muddled in the glass.
limeade margarita with lime garnish with text "the easiest margarita"

This limeade margarita recipe is great for a large crowd too! Make a big batch by scaling up the recipe.


3-ingredient limeade margarita in a salt rimmed glass

3 Ingredient Limeade Margarita

Yield: 1 cocktail
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

The easiest margarita is just 3 ingredients away with minimal effort and maximum refreshment! Just in time for the weekend!


  • 1.5 ounces tequila (I prefer Blanco)
  • 1 ounce orange liqueur
  • 3 ounces limeade (I prefer the Simply Brand)
  • limes (for garnish)
  • kosher salt (for garnish)


  1. Mix your tequila, orange liqueur, and limeade in a cocktail shaker.
  2. Add ice and shake to chill.
  3. Rub a cut lime or dip the rim of your glass in lime juice to wet it.
  4. Dip in salt.
  5. Add ice to the glass.
  6. Strain your 3 Ingredient Margarita into the ice and rimmed glass.
  7. Garnish with lime and serve!


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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 252Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 586mgCarbohydrates: 27gFiber: 2gSugar: 20gProtein: 0g

This nutrition information was generated via a third party, Nutritionix, and can not be held liable for any discrepancies in the information provided.

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Thursday 28th of January 2021

No need for orange liquor or syrup or agave. Use a good quality tequila. Perfect with frozen lime juice (made with 1/2 the water) and quarter lime and its juice. Refreshing


Tuesday 1st of June 2021

@Barbara, Thanks you for your comment. I was wondering if I needed to use water at all.


Saturday 25th of April 2020

These were a HUGE hit, and I loved how simple they were to make!

Amy Nash

Wednesday 22nd of April 2020

Such a refreshing classic drink! The lime flavor in this is my favorite!


Sunday 19th of April 2020

Love this recipe, so easy, simple and delicious. Feeds my need to have a "right now" marg!


Sunday 19th of April 2020

This was so easy I couidn't believe it! And I love the fresh lime flavor. Thanks!


Monday 20th of April 2020

Thank so much! So glad you liked it!

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