This is our go-to easy margarita recipe! A simple recipe, using only 4 ingredients to yield 2 large margaritas or 4 small cocktails, this margarita is perfect for date-night-in or Taco Tuesday! It’s easy enough for even the most novice mixologist and has the perfect combination of sour, sweet, and salty.
Maybe right now you want to kick off your shoes and put your feet up.
It’s possible you’re overwhelmed by what poet Charles Bukowski calls “that swarm of trivialities…which are always there” (“The Shoelace”).
Maybe right now you just want to push a pause button on the day.
Perhaps, you could use a drink.
Today’s post should help with that last one at least.
We enjoy a good margarita around here and have been working on the perfect recipe – that we can both agree on – for a while now.
I don’t think I have ever met anyone who doesn’t like a good margarita. Even the most staunch tequila-avoiders seem to enjoy a decently made margarita (especially B)…if the tequila is good enough.
Tequila is a lot like poetry. Many people say they hate it because they’ve only been introduced to bad ones. Once you get some good ones, it will change your world-view.
Shakespeare says “love is not love which alters when it alteration finds” (Sonnet 116). And with much alteration (read: samplings), we finally hit the mark. THIS is our go-to vegan margarita recipe!
Why We Love Margaritas
I should think this would be obvious, but in case you need some convincing, I’ve written two original poems to help illustrate the allure.
Picture this in your mind:
The citrus mist wafting from the wedge.
The crunch of coarse salt as it covers the edge.
The clink of the cubes as they come in contact with the glass.
It’s the classic margarita. And it might just knock you on your ass.
Or, if haikus are more your thing:
Juice from a lime wedge.
Tequila from agave.
Are margaritas vegan?
So why a margarita recipe on a vegan food blog? Fair question.
Did you know some margarita mixes contain egg whites? (Some sour mixes too.) Ask your local bartender the next time you order one at a restaurant, and you may be surprised. Don’t worry though: A good bartender should be able to accommodate you easily.
This optional ingredient is intended to add froth and proves popular in homemade recipes as well.
If you DO love a bit of froth in your homemade margs, feel free to experiment with some aquafaba (the liquid from a can of chickpeas) as a vegan sub. A Tbsp should do the trick. When you shake it all up, the aquafaba will froth up just like the egg whites would.
But luckily, we find we don’t need either to create one seriously kickass margarita.
How to Make a Vegan Margarita
This classic-style margarita uses just four ingredients.
Tequila and triple sec for strength. Limes for sour. Agave for sweet.
All you have to do is shake these ingredients over ice and strain them into your glass.
If you don’t have an “official” cocktail shaker (like this), you can use a mason jar or one of those sports drink cups with the flip-lid because you KNOW you have one stored in a forgotten cabinet somewhere.
How to Serve Margaritas
To salt, or not to salt, that is the question. B loves a good salted rim; I’m more of a lightly salted rim person.
If you do decide to rim your glass with salt, be sure you’re using a coarse Kosher salt for best results! You can add a couple dashes of our chili seasoning to the salt before rimming the glasses if you want to spice it up a bit.
To get a little fancy, garnish it with a lime wedge.
As for pairing suggestions, Hayden Carruth might enjoy his “Scrambled eggs and whiskey in the false-dawn light”(“Scrambled Eggs and Whiskey”). But, I’d rather have a vegan fried egg and this margarita.
If you’re not into cocktails with breakfast though, try one of these more classic options:
- Tequila Taco Chik’n on tacos, nachos, or a burrito bowl!
- Easy Vegan Queso with crispy, salty tortilla chips – YUM.
- Avocado Tequila Lime Pasta
If you make this simple vegan margarita, let us know how it goes!
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Cheers to homemade margaritas!
Yield: 2 large or 4 small cocktails
This is our go-to homemade margarita! A simple recipe, using only 4 ingredients to yield 2 large margaritas or 4 small cocktails, this margarita is perfect for date-night-in or Taco Tuesday! It’s easy enough for even the most novice mixologist and has the perfect combination of sour, sweet, and salty.
10 minPrep Time:
10 minTotal Time:
- 6 oz tequila (Treat yourself to the good stuff!)
- 4 oz fresh-squeezed lime juice
- 2 oz triple sec (or Cointreau)
- 2 oz agave
- Fill a cocktail shaker (or a large mason jar / something with a lid) halfway with ice. Measure and add all the ingredients. Cover and shake vigorously for about 10-15 seconds.
- Get out your glasses. If you want salt-rimmed glasses, run the juicy part of a lime over the rims and dip them in coarse salt. Then, add 2 to 3 cubes to each glass.
- Strain the margarita into each glass and garnish with a lime wedge if you wanna be fancy. Drink up!