Scratch Margaritas

This recipe was inspired by my love for good Tequila and my dislike for the chemical after taste from margarita mix – not to mention the headache the next day. These are “clean” margs and packed with vitamin C –  you could even call them medicinal, sometimes they truly are.  This is how I learned to make a real margarita from the locals in Mexico.

Serves 4-6


  1. Squeeze limes and Squeeze oranges
  2. Pour lime juice and orange juice (including the pulp) and water into pitcher and stir
  3. Add Agave and stir to dissolve. Sweeten to taste if too tart – heads up though, the Cointreau you add at the end is going to make it sweeter.
    Note: If you are serving from a pitcher do the following steps
  4. Add 6 shots of tequila to juice (measure with a shot glass about 2-3 oz )
  5. Add 3 shots of Cointreau
  6. Stir well with a long spoon
  7. Pour into salt rimmed glasses over ice.
    Note: If you are mixing individual drinks follow these steps;
  8. Salt the rim of a low ball (short glass)
  9. Fill the glass with ice
  10. Fill glass 3/4 with the juice mixture
  11. Pour 1 shot of tequila
  12. Top with 1/2 shot of Cointreau
  13. Stir
  14. garnish with a wedge of lime

**Liza’s tip: I like to drink this with a short straw, that way I get the juice as well as the tequila since the alcohol rises to the top – otherwise the first couple sips can make you pucker!…add a wedge of lime to the side of the glass and you’re ready to do the cha cha cha!

List of

  • 16 to 20 limes depending on how juicy they are – fresh squeezed of course.
    Note: no cheating in this recipe – if it isn’t fresh, it won’t be good. So plug in your juicer and juice away!
  • 3 Oranges – fresh squeezed
  • 1 Cup purified water
  • 2-3 Tbsp dark amber Agave
  • Margarita salt
  • Cointreau
  • Really good Tequila! A margarita is only as good as the tequila.  My favorite: Don Julio Anejo