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Battle of the Margaritas


Prep: 7 minutes (2 minutes with premade simple syrup)
Price: $2.31 for 5 oz.

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 tart as you like.


Premade Mix:

Prep: 1 minute
Price: $1.73 for 5 oz.

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.

And the winner is ...


- Beth Janes

Get our recipe for DIY Margaritas