Homemade Margarita Mix

July 23, 2020
Mix up your own Homemade Margarita Mix with fresh lime and lemon instead of using the bottled stuff from the store.  It's a fun way to put a fresh twist on your Margaritas!  As a plus, a little hit of pineapple juice gives this mix truly fabulous flavor.
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Have you ever thought of making your own margarita mix?

Not that I have anything against the store-bought stuff, having enjoyed probably more than my fair share of the stuff over the years.  But hey, it's kind of cool to make your own margarita mix from scratch.

A simple mixture of fresh lime and fresh lemon juice, lime and lemon zest, sugar, and pineapple juice, homemade Margarita Mix is really easy to make.

A little hit of pineapple juice gives this mix truly fabulous flavor.

Pineapple juice may be a bit of a surprise ingredient.  But rest assured, it adds a wonderful depth of flavor to the mix and the resulting Margaritas.

The pineapple taste isn't strong enough to really make you think the drink has pineapple juice in it. -- Instead, it adds a rich flavor base that you just know tastes wonderful when you drink it.  If you're like me, you won't be able to put your finger on the taste as being pineapple juice unless or until you know that's what's in it.

Once you've mixed up a batch, use the homemade mix as the base to whip up some truly fabulous Margaritas for sipping.  Just like with the store bought mix, just add a little tequila and Triple Sec and you're good to go.

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To make a batch of homemade Margarita Mix from scratch, start with zesting some limes and lemons.  When zesting the citrus be sure to only remove the colored portion of the peel, avoiding the white pith below.  The white pith is bitter and will give an off taste to the finished mix.

You'll need 1 tablespoon each of lime zest and lemon zest.  

For the limes, that's the zest of about 2 or 3 limes.  For the lemon zest, it's about 1 large lemon.  Zest the citrus first before cutting to yield the amount of zest needed, then cut and juice them after.

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In a saucepan, combine the zests with some sugar, a little water, fresh lime and fresh lemon juice, and a little pineapple juice.

You'll need 3/4 cup fresh lime juice, from about 6 to 8 limes.  And 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice, from about 2 lemons.

Mix up some Margaritas right away, or refrigerate the mix until needed.

The recipe calls for 1/4 cup pineapple juice.  I buy a 6-pack of the small 6-ounce pop-top cans to keep on hand for cooking, rather than getting the large 46-ounce can.  This works well for recipes like this where you only need a little bit of pineapple juice.

Or, you can use the juice drained from a can of pineapple chunks, slices, or crushed pineapple.  Draining these off will easily yield the 1/4 cup needed for the Margarita mix. 

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Bring the zest and juice mixture to a boil, stirring to make sure the sugar dissolves.  Then allow it to cool to room temperature.

Once cooled, strain the mixture to remove the zests.

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And then you've got one tasty batch of fresh-made homemade Margarita Mix to enjoy!

Mix up some Margaritas right away, or refrigerate the mix until needed.  It'll keep just fine in the refrigerator for about a week or two.

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When you'd like to enjoy some tasty Margaritas?  Just combine the batch of Margarita Mix with a cup of tequila and 3/4 cup Triple Sec orange liqueur to make 4 Margaritas.

Making your own mix is a fun little way to put a fresh twist on those Margaritas.  And with its combination of fresh lime, fresh lemon, and pineapple juice, this homemade Margarita Mix truly has fabulous flavor.

Enjoy!

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Homemade Margarita Mix

Homemade Margarita Mix

Mix up your own Homemade Margarita Mix with fresh lime and lemon instead of using the bottled stuff from the store. It's a fun way to put a fresh twist on your Margaritas! As a plus, a little hit of pineapple juice gives this mix truly fabulous flavor.
Prep time: 10 MCook time: 8 MTotal time: 18 M

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 c. freshly squeezed lime juice (about 6-8 limes)
  • 1/4 c. freshly squeezed lemon juice (about 2 lemons)
  • 1/4 c. pineapple juice
  • 1/4 c. water
  • 1/3 c. granulated sugar
  • 1 T. lime zest (from about 2-3 limes)
  • 1 T. lemon zest (from about 1 large lemon)

Instructions:

Margarita Mix:
  1. Combine lime juice, lemon juice, pineapple juice, water, sugar, and zests in a saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Cook and stir until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat.
  3. Allow to cool to room temperature.  Strain out zests.
  4. Store in a covered container in the refrigerator until ready to prepare margaritas.
To Make Margaritas With the Mix:
  1. Combine the mix with 1 cup white tequila and 3/4 cup Triple Sec.  Serve chilled or over ice.
  2. Makes 4 margaritas.
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2 comments

  1. Sounds like a great recipe Tracey! It's the weekend! I think I'll try this! Thanks for sharing!

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  2. I learned the hard way, zest then juice. It's really difficult to get the zest off a floppy peel from a juiced fruit! This sounds like a great recipe. We don't drink at our house, but I love mixers like this to have sparklling water in. This is perfect! Pinned - Thanks for sharing at the What's for Dinner Party. I appreciate your contributions! Have a great weekend.

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