Refreshingly Crisp Margaritas – Perfect for Cinco de Mayo

Salty, tart, crisp and delicious, these margaritas, made with fresh ingredients, will have you thinking Margaritaville. Perfect served over crushed ice or thrown in a blender for a cool frozen version.

Margaritas 1 | 2 Cookin Mamas

So, I bet you never stopped to consider what Cinco de Mayo really is and truthfully I hadn’t really known myself until yesterday. It is actually celebrated more in the US by Mexicans and Americans alike than it is in Mexico. The holiday is  the celebration of a victory during the Battle of Puebla, which took place on May 5, 1862 against the French army. However, it was a a short-lived victory as the French army eventually went on to take much of Mexico and Mexico City in reparation for war debts.


Today in the US and the small town of Pueblo, Mexico there are parades and festivals with traditional Mexican food and beer on hand. It is now more about celebrating the Mexican way of life than about the long ago battle.

Margaritas closeup | 2 Cookin Mamas

So in honor of Mexican St. Patrick’s Day I wanted to make a homemade healthier margarita without the bottled mixes and added sugars. Celebrate with a margarita and one of our favorite south of the border dishes like beef enchiladas, fish tacos and gaucamole.


Yield: 1 cocktail

Salty, tart, crisp and delicious, this traditional margarita, made with fresh ingredients, will have you thinking Margaritaville. Perfect served over crushed ice or thrown in a blender for a cool frozen version.

5 minTotal Time

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  • 1/4 cup tequila (Jose Cuervo & Silver Patron are definitely gluten-free - just look for 100% agave under ingredients)
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup Triple Sec or Cointreau
  • 1 teaspoon agave nectar
  • crushed ice


  1. Mix all ingredients together in a shaker with crushed ice.
  2. Prepare glasses by first filling with crushed ice to chill glass. Dump out the ice and rub the edge with slice of lime then dip into coarse salt. Fill glass with margarita and enjoy.
  3. To make frozen margarita, add ingredients to blender then add ice cubes one at a time until desired consistency. Prepare glass as suggested above and pour in frozen concoction.

Love anything margarita inspired? Try these seasonal versions of our original margarita that are just as good as the original. Cheers!

Carrot Margaritas | 2CookinMamasApple Cider Margarita | 2 Cookin MamasLemonade MargaritaWatermelon Margarita


  1. Lori Hart says:
    I love me a good margarita and this looks amazing!! Found your recipe at Nap Time Creations. I am one of the hostesses of Tasty Tuesdays and would love you to stop by and link up this recipe if you have not yet already. Here is the link Lori
    • Linda Warren says:
      This margarita is great not only because it tastes fantastic but because it stays away from all the high fructose corn syrup that is in the bottle mixers. A definite plus in my book! I love your Tasty Tuesday link party and linked this recipe up there earlier today. Thanks for the feedback.
  2. Rachel Kathyg says:
    Linda, stopping back from onlinesisterhood. This looks so yummy. pinning. I love that you use agave nectar---my sister uses agave nectar for many, many things. Have a wonderful week.
  3. Miz Helen says:
    Your Margaritas would sure complete a Cinco de Mayo celebration. Thanks so much for sharing your awesome post with Full Plate Thursday and hope you have a great week! Come Back Soon! Miz Helen
  4. Miz Helen says:
    Is it time to serve the Margaritas yet? These look fabulous! Thanks so much for joining our Foods of The World Tour to Mexico, hope you will join in France next month. See You Soon! Miz Helen

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