"Real" Margarita

Crafting the Perfect Margarita at Home: “Real Food” Margaritas

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Ready for some fresh Margaritas? It is HOT here in the Midwest in the summer, so for us Hoosiers, summertime means a lot of outdoor entertainment.  That often involves cocktails.

Although I love a good margarita, I hate that all the mixes I have found contain high fructose corn syrup, lots of sugar, and food dyes.  YUCK!

So, I decided to play around with creating a version that contained only “real” (if you can count tequila as real food) ingredients.  It was tough, but I struggled through the testing . . .

"Real" Margaritas

Here are the versions I came up with:

“Real” Frozen Margaritas

Serves 2-4

  • 7 oz. fresh-squeezed lime juice (about 6 limes)
  • 2 oz. fresh-squeezed orange juice (1 orange)
  • 2 oz. tequila (the better the quality the better your margarita)
  • 2 oz. triple sec or Cointreau
  • 1 T. honey or 1 oz. simple syrup
  • 1 cup ice

Place all ingredients in a blender and blend just until mixed.  Serve in a glass rimmed with a slice of lime and sea salt.  

You could also add some other fresh fruit like strawberries for a strawberry margarita. Yum!

🍹Pam’s insider tip: many years ago I purchased a Blendtec blender and have never looked back. I’ve made thousands of smoothies, margaritas, and more in it and it works perfectly. I’ve even been known to take in on a road trip

margarita in a wobble glass

“Real” Margaritas on the Rocks

Serves 1-2

  • 3 oz. fresh-squeezed lime juice (about 3 limes)
  • 1 oz. fresh-squeezed orange juice (1/2 orange)
  • 2 oz. tequila 
  • 1.5 oz. triple sec or Cointreau
  • 1 T. honey or 1 oz. simple syrup
  • 1 cup ice cubes

Place the ice cubes in the larger part of a Boston Shaker. Add the rest of the ingredients, add the top of the shaker to the bottom, and then shake. Think you are done shaking? You aren’t – shake some more. The more you shake the frothier your marg will be.

Remove the top portion of your shaker and strain it into a salt-rimmed glass, or take a piece of orange peel, squeeze it over the drink, and then rim the glass with it for a fresh scent and flavor.

🍹Pam’s insider tip: Tools matter when you are making a great cocktail. I love this bartender kit I purchased off Amazon. The quality is terrific for the price and you’ll have everything you need to make amazing margaritas.

Conclusion: Simple & Delicious “Real” Margaritas

So there you have it, my favorite way to beat the Midwest heat with some authentic, homemade margaritas. Whether you’re whipping up a batch of frozen delights or shaking up something on the rocks, these recipes are sure to keep you and your guests cool and refreshed.

Remember, the key to a great margarita lies in the quality of your ingredients and the love you pour into making it. Don’t be afraid to experiment with different fruits or adjust the sweetness to your taste. After all, that’s the fun part of being your own bartender!

I’ve put these recipes to the test on countless summer evenings, perfecting the balance of tart and sweet, and I can’t wait for you to try them out. Whether you’re hosting a backyard BBQ, serving these with homemade guacamole, or just enjoying a quiet evening on the patio, these margaritas are sure to be a hit. So grab your shaker, or your blender, and let’s make some memories – one sip at a time.

Cheers to summer in the Midwest and to creating moments that last a lifetime. Here’s to many more evenings filled with good company, great conversations, and the perfect margarita in hand. Enjoy!

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