Margarita Pitcher – Classic Margarita Recipe

The Margarita is a classic cocktail that is easy to make for any occasion with just four simple ingredients. This margarita pitcher recipe has the right mix of lime juice, tequila and triple sec to make about eight strong servings. It’s easily doubled, tripled and quadrupled for a good time — it’s the BEST margarita recipe you’ll ever drink!

Want make ahead instructions? Check out my Margarita Mix Recipe!

Two margaritas on a wooden cutting board surrounded by sliced limes

Oi, Gente!

Margaritas are one of my favorite cocktails. With all my years spent in California and Texas, I can safely say I’ve been exposed to some of the best margaritas around.

This classic margarita recipe is based on my favorite margarita from a restaurant in LA that, sadly, no longer exists. Thanks, 2020

I had such amazing times at that bar sipping on their margs that, I had to recreate the recipe at home so I could carry on the good times.

Being a regular there, I boldly asked them about their margarita recipe, but the only information I was given was that they used agave to sweeten them.

I took what I could get and then used my chef’s palate to manage the rest. I continued to drink and test at home until I arrived at the perfect mixture. Ta-da!!

One classic margarita on a wooden cutting board surrounded by sliced limes and a pitcher on the background

If you know me, you know I make my drinks STRONG and in batches because I can’t be bothered to stop drinking to make another drink for someone or even myself… I like to do the work once and for all, then enjoy it for an extended period of time.

I’ve been making this recipe for many years now and just now decided to post it here because every time I serve these margaritas and a great ole time is had, my friends and family always ask for the recipe.

So here we are. I hope you love it as much as everyone in my life does.

Saúde!!

Beijinhos xx

Other cocktail recipes you’ll love: Coconut Margarita | Classic Caipirinha | Batida de Maracuja – Passion Fruit Cocktail with Vodka | Caipirinha de Maracuja – Brazilian Passion Fruit Cocktail

Ingredients and Tools

ingredients to make homemade margaritas on a wooden cutting board surrounded by limes

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  • Lime juice — freshly squeezed is best. Limes tend to have about 2 tablespoons of juice in them, so you’ll need between 16-18 limes to get the amount of juice necessary for this pitcher margarita recipe.
  • Tequila Silver — also known as tequila blanco. It’s the clear kind, not golden-colored. You want to use a good quality tequila.
  • Agave — this is the sweetener I use for my margaritas.
  • Triple sec — or Cointreau… or any other orange liqueur you want. This adds just a little extra sweetness and balance to the margaritas.
  • Kosher salt — we need a pinch for the margarita mix, as well as for the rims of our glasses.
  • Ice

*full recipe with measurements in the recipe card at the bottom of the post.

Tasting trick: if you think your limes are too sour, or tend to prefer more mellow lime flavor, squeeze 1 1/2 cups of lime juice and add 1/2 cup of water. Just make sure you manage the amount of ice you add into the drink so it doesn’t end up being too watery in the end.

You’ll also need:

How to make Classic Margaritas in a pitcher

Collage of three image showing how to make margarita mix by squeezing limes, adding salt and agave to a glass measuring cup

Juice the limes! You’re going to need several of them to get the amount of fresh lime juice we need.

A note on juicing limes: When you juice limes, you’re also getting some delicious limey oils from its skin released into the juice. When you use a squeezer, you get most of the juices out, but if you are too rough in this process, you can also get some extra bitterness squeezed into your juice. Squeeze just enough and you’ll be fine!

Measure the lime juice into a container or a large pitcher with the tequila, triple sec, agave syrup and a pinch of salt and some ice.

Stir vigorously until all the ingredients are cold and combined.

This recipe serves a crowd, and you can easily do the math to serve a larger group of people.

Margarita ingredients pour into a large glass pitcher

How to rim a glass with salt:

Slice a lime into quarters. Take a wedge of the lime and gently run it along the rim of the glass you intend to drink your classic margarita from.

Measure some salt into a small plate and gently place the lime juice-coated glass in it. Move it around until salt coats the rim.

A hand runs a lime wedge along the rim of a glass before adding salt

Once the glasses have been prepared, fill them with ice.

Pour the classic margarita recipe over the ice, then garnish with a lime wedge or a lime wheel.

Two glasses of margaritas garnished with lime wedges and salt sit on a wooden cutting board with lots of halved limes and a pitcher

Tips and tricks for mixing the best margaritas at home:

  • Double, triple or quadruple this recipe for a crowd. The overall ratios for easily multiplied OR halved if you don’t want as many.
  • Be gentle while juicing the limes. The lime oil from the skins of the citrus can add some bitterness to the juice, so don’t squeeze them too hard.
  • Limes too sour? Use less lime juice and add a little water to balance it out. Give it a good taste before doing this because this, after all, contains homemade sour mix, which is obviously a little sour. It’s limes after all lol!
  • Make it early, and keep it in the fridge for 2 weeks! Just don’t add ice until you’re ready to serve so the margaritas are not watered down.

Other margarita recipes to try:


A single glass of margarita in front of a pitcher of margaritas on a wooden cutting board with limes
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5 from 93 votes

Classic Margarita Pitcher

The Margarita is a classic cocktail that is easy to make for any occasion with just four simple ingredients. This margarita pitcher recipe has the right mix of lime juice, tequila and triple sec to make about eight strong servings. It's easily doubled, tripled and quadrupled for a good time — it's the BEST margarita recipe you'll ever drink!
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 8 cocktails
Calories: 293kcal
Author: Aline Shaw

Ingredients

  • 2 cups freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 2 cups tequila silver
  • 1 cup triple sec
  • 6 tablespoons of agave or more/less to taste
  • a pinch of salt
  • ice

Instructions

  • Combine the lime juice, tequila, triple sec and agave in a large pitcher or a container with some ice. Add the pinch of salt.
  • Stir vigorously with a cocktail spoon until the ingredients are cold and incorporated.
  • Rim four glasses with salt, if desired, then add ice. Pour the margarita over the ice. Garnish with a lime wedge or wheel and enjoy immediately.

Saúde!

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    Notes

    A note on squeezing limes: When you juice limes, you’re also getting some delicious limey oils from its skin released into the juice. When you use a squeezer, you get most of the juices out, but if you are too rough in this process, you can also get some extra bitterness squeezed into your juice. Squeeze just enough and you’ll be fine!
    Tasting trick: if you think the limes are too sour, or then to prefer more mellow lime flavor, squeeze 1 1/2 cups of lime juice and add 1/2 cup of water. Just make sure you manage the amount of ice you add into the drink so it doesn’t end up being too watery.

    Nutrition

    Serving: 1cocktail | Calories: 293kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 0.3g | Fat: 0.2g | Saturated Fat: 0.04g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.04g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.01g | Sodium: 5mg | Potassium: 81mg | Fiber: 0.3g | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 30IU | Vitamin C: 21mg | Calcium: 9mg | Iron: 0.1mg

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    10 Comments

    1. 5 stars
      This margarita pitcher is ALWAYS a party and SO good! There’s a reason why all your friends and family always ask for the recipe. 😉

    2. 5 stars
      This margarita is awesome!!!! All my friends loved it!!! Thank you Aline for sharing this great recipe!!!

    3. 5 stars
      I bought agave just for this recipe and I don’t regret it. I love the flavor and level of sweetness. We doubled the recipe and had a doubly good time.

    4. 5 stars
      We served this with some steak tacos at a dinner party and they were a huge hit. So much easier to just make a pitcher and let guests serve themselves.

    5. 5 stars
      This is the perfect margarita recipe for sharing! We made a couple batches for our weekend party and it was perfect! Thank you!

    6. 5 stars
      I made this over the weekend, and it was delicious! So fresh tasting and I love that I didn’t have to play bartender all night.

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