The Great Debate: Homemade vs. Premade Margaritas

Nothing’s better on a Thursday night than a killer margarita. Throw a sombrero on, pretend you’re chilling in Mexico and your stress will slip away in only a matter of time. While the store-bought stuff is easiest to whip out of your cabinet when you’re in need of a staycation in your kitchen, we’re here to tell you that this simple four-ingredient homemade version is so much tastier! Cheers to hoping we just persuaded you to go homemade with your margs every time.



Homemade Mix

Prep: 7 minutes (2 minutes with premade simple syrup)

Price: $2.31 for 5 oz.

Why we love it: You simply can’t beat the fresh flavor of real lime juice. And while the addition of orange liqueur — such as triple sec or Cointreau — ups the price, it makes for a tastier, more potent drink. Plus, you can make it as sweet or as tart as you like.


Premade Mix

Prep: 1 minute

Price: $1.73 for 5 oz.

Why we don’t love it: You’ll be sipping in seconds — just add tequila and ice — but you might not love the cloying taste: High-fructose corn syrup is the second ingredient after water in most mixes, which also have artificial colors and little or no real juice.


DIY Margarita Mix



2 ounces silver tequila

1 ounce orange liqueur

1 ounce fresh lime juice

1 ounce simple syrup




Shake silver tequila, orange liqueur, lime juice and simple syrup with ice. Pour into a rocks glass. Makes 1 serving.



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3 Responses to “The Great Debate: Homemade vs. Premade Margaritas”

  1. What do you mean by “simple syrup?”

  2. Simple syrup is a mixture of sugar and water……heat water and add sugar so that sugar dissolves into water

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