The Texas Margarita is a fun twist on a classic margarita recipe. It uses simple ingredients, including a little orange juice, to make a drink that is smooth and strong, with just a touch of citrusy orange flavor.
What is a Texas Margarita
In Texas, we love our margaritas! They are a very popular drink that can be ordered at practically every restaurant in the state.
As with most things, Texans are very particular about their margaritas. We like them smooth, strong, and perfectly sweetened, leaving the sweet and sour mix to our northern neighbors. Fresh, quality ingredients are the most important elements of a Texas margarita recipe!
A traditional margarita is made using lime juice, but a Texas margarita adds a little orange juice to the mix. The orange addition gives another layer of flavor and sweetens the drink, making it really refreshing. This is the perfect margarita for hot summer nights!
If you are looking for something that brings the heat then try this Hot Honey Margarita!
Why You Will Love This Recipe
- Balanced flavors: Some Texas Margarita recipes call for equal parts orange and lime juice, but I find that gives an overpowering orange flavor that is too much like an orange margarita. This recipe adds just a splash of orange juice to sweeten and brighten the drink, without taking away from the classic lime margarita flavor.
- Easy to drink: The lime and orange juice bring acidity and brightness to the cocktail, and the agave nectar balances the tartness from the lime without being overly sweet.
- Can be made in batches: Simply multiply the quantity of the ingredients by the number of servings you would like to make, and you can have a large batch of margaritas ready for your next happy hour. Just stir it all together in a pitcher.
Silver Tequila: Use 2 ounces of a top-shelf silver tequila for a smooth-flavored margarita. I think Casamigos Blanco, Patron Silver, or Don Julio Blanco are the best tequila options for this drink, but you can use your favorite tequila.
Triple Sec: Triple sec is an orange-flavored liqueur that is made from orange rinds. Cointreau is a popular type of triple sec that works really well in this margarita! You can also use cognac or brandy-based orange liqueur, like Grand Marnier or Gran Gala.
Lime Juice: Fresh lime juice is an important part of making a delicious margarita! It has more flavor and less bitterness than bottled lime juice.
Orange Juice: Freshly squeezed orange juice is best as well! But if you don't have an orange on hand you can use bottled juice, as long as it is 100% juice without any added sweetener.
Agave Nectar: Agave makes a great sweetener for margaritas because it is from the same plant that we use to make tequila. Simple syrup can also be used. I don't like my margaritas very sweet so this recipe uses just a small amount of agave nectar, but you can increase it to suit your palate.
Step One: Squeeze Juices
- Use a citrus press or juicer to squeeze the lime and orange juices.
Step Two: Add Ingredients
- Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
- Add both juices, along with the tequila, triple sec, and agave nectar.
- Add ice cubes to the shaker.
Step Three: Shake Well
- Secure the lid tightly onto your shaker and shake vigorously, at least ten times.
Step Four: Pour Into Glass
- Strain the liquids into an ice-filled glass.
- Garnish with a lime wedge or an orange slice.
Yes, the margaritas can be made up to 24 hours in advance of serving. Place in a glass or pitcher without ice and store in the refrigerator. Shake or stir before serving.
Add the margarita ingredients into a blender pitcher along with 1 cup of ice and blend until smooth.
I like to mix equal parts kosher salt and turbinado sugar for the rim of a margarita glass. It's just so pretty and tasty! Pour salt and sugar on a shallow plate and mix well. Rub a cut orange or lime wedge around the top of the glass. Turn the glass upside-down and roll the edge of the glass in the salt mixture, pressing the mixture firmly onto the glass.
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This classic cocktail is an excellent accompaniment to practically any Tex Mex recipe! From a simple cocktail night with chips and guacamole, to a full Mexican dinner. Some of my favorite Tex Mex recipes include:
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Texas MargaritaRecipe by:
- 2 ounces tequila
- 1 ounces triple sec
- 1 ounce lime juice freshly squeezed
- ½ ounce orange juice freshly squeezed
- ¼ ounce agave nectar Add additional for a sweeter drink
- Add all of the ingredients into an ice-filled cocktail shaker.
- Secure the lid on the shaker and shake vigourosly.
- Strain the margarita into a glass that has been filled with ice.
- Garnish with a lime or orange slice.
2 cups of tequila
½ cup triple sec
1 cup lime juice
½ cup orange juice
¼ cup agave nectar Sweet & Salty Rim: Mix equal parts turbinado sugar and kosher salt on a shallow plate. Rub a lime wedge around the rim of the glass, then dip the glass into salt and sugar mixture. Frozen Texas Margarita: Place the margarita ingredients into a pitcher with one cup of ice cubes. Blend until smooth.