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Not Your Average Margarita

Is there such a thing as a bad margarita recipe? YES. There sure is. I’ve had my fair share of super sugary neon green bottom shelf tequila concoctions. My dues have been paid, never to be paid again. I need my drinks smooth and potent without any worries of a headache in sight.

*Updated January 2021 

Not Your Average Margarita Recipe
Hornitos Tequila and Gran Gala Orange Liquor are the best bang for you buck!

These babes will leave your mouth singing- My Oh My. Pour me another please. Bold and smooth, tart yet sweet. These check all the boxes your ever loving margarita self should ever need!

Not Your Average Margarita Recipe

5 from 1 vote
Recipe by Susanna Grace Course: DrinksCuisine: MexicanDifficulty: Easy


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Bold and smooth, tart yet sweet. These check all the boxes your ever loving margarita self should ever need!


  • 3 oz 3 Hornitos Añejo Tequila (any añejo will do)

  • 1.50 oz 1.50 Gran Gala

  • 1.50 oz 1.50 Fresh Lime Juice

  • .75 oz .75 Agave Nectar to taste


  • Place above ingredients in a shaker with a handful ice.
  • Shake for at least 15 seconds to combine.
  • Strain into a chilled glass, on the rocks or not, rimmed in salt, sugar if you must- or don’t strain if you like pulp… me personally, I dig the pulp!
  • Top with a lime wedge or wheel or garnish of sorts- I prefer a wheel floating on top. You can even freeze lime wheels in advance to keep your margs chilled without adding ice if you like a “stronger” sip.
  • Yes the margs will look much darker than you might be used to, it’s all natural folks!

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  • Añejo tequila is aged a minimum of 1 year, typically no longer than 3 years. Their resting period creates a smooth yet robust experience that is deep in flavors hinting of chocolate, vanilla and toasted wood. I get stared down when I pull this bottle out to make a marg. But, I’ve also never had a drink taster not convert their ways after tasting these babes!
  • Gran Gala? And is it worth it? Um, yes. It’s an Italian brandy infused with fresh orange. It will blow your Triple Sec loving self clear out the water.
  • Real limes for lime juice people. They are 33 cents and you can also use them as a condiment for so many of my favorite foods, like my No Fuss Fajitas. The lemon and lime juice that comes in plastic bottles for like a buck… end up tasting all kinds of fake. Don’t believe me? Make on marg with a fresh lime and one marg with commercially bottled lime. Unless your the type of person that just enjoys eating or drink whatever, I’m 100% positive you’ll taste a difference.
  • 1 lime usually equals 1 ounce. Look for limes that have some give, these are the juiciest ones of all!
  • I enjoy using Agave (nectar not syrup) for this recipe because it’s derived from the same plant as tequila. Which essentially means they share the same basic properties. What could pair any better?! It’s extremely sweet so a little goes a long way. However, you can use any sweetener of preference.
  • Please note the nutritional information below was calculated using a calculator designed by: Verywell Fit. This information is accurate to the best of my knowledge, but should not be taken as medical advice 🙂 

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Nutrition Facts

2 servings per container


  • Amount Per Serving% Daily Value *
  • Sodium 1mg 1%
  • Amount Per Serving% Daily Value *
  • Potassium 25mg 1%
  • Total Carbohydrate 9.9g 4%
    • Dietary Fiber .6g 3%
    • Sugars 8g
  • Protein .1g 1%

    * The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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    However, if you’re like me and not into throwing back glowing sugary slushies… give this margarita recipe a try. Sure you can use whatever you have on hand, but don’t knock it until you’ve legit tried it my way. Even the sugar hoarding fruit punch loving monsters in my life love these. No lie. Working on securing testimonials as we speak!

    I am wildly aware that taste is such a personal thing. So don’t take my opinion as gospel. If you like sugary punches, you do you. Live it and love it and don’t be ashamed! We can still go out drinking together 🙂 Pinky promise.

    These just happen to pair wonderfully with my Spicy Mushroom Fajitas and a fuzzy bathrobe. Recommend sharing with a friend because they’ll love you long time!

    If you make this recipe, I’d love you to come back and leave a review. While you’re at it, Save to Pinterest or Share on Facebook. Because sharing is caring, and I’ll need all the support I can get to keep on growing this dream of mine. A place where practical is better than perfect and simple, delicious food is a lifestyle. A place where together, we can begin filling homes and tables with joy!

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    1. This recipe has been my go-to for over a year now! We can’t get enough and I’m now partial to añejo tequila 🙂

    2. Browneyedfili

      Now I gotta try this! I don’t believe I’ve ever had the pleasure of drinking a marg made by you.

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