My friend, Dawn, shared this winner Margarita recipe with me and I had to share. The best part is that the kids, if you got 'em, can squeeze those limes and lemons while you eat chips and guacamole. Give it a try, and make it a family affair!


First, you'll make Simple Syrup. Second, the Mix. Finally, the Margarita. Steps one and two can be done ahead, and you can use the extra simple syrup for other drinks, later. If you have extra mix freeze it in ice cube trays or a Ziploc bag for later use.

The Simple Syrup
In a small sauce pan bring to a boil:
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup sugar

Once boiling, turn down heat and simmer until sugar is dissolved. Let cool to room temperature and store in a mason jar in the fridge.

The Mix
In a large pitcher or jar mix together:
  • 1/2 cup simple syrup
  • 1/2 cup fresh lime juice (grate in about 1/4 teaspoon rind)
  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice (grate in about 1/4 teaspoon rind)
  • 1/2 cup water

Chill the mix in the fridge.

The Margarita
For each serving of Margarita combine in a pitcher:
  • 2 oz. gold Tequila (I like gold but you can use silver, too)
  • 1 oz. Cointreau or Grand Marnier
  • 2 oz. mix

Stir well. Pour over ice into chilled, salted glasses.