Best Cheap Margaritas for a Party


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To be honest, a lot of people don’t love Margaritas, because they add the harshness of lime juice to the mild harshness of tequila.  If you serve them at a party, most guests will drink just one.

The most popular Tex-Mex restaurants for Margaritas in Houston, Texas know this secret, and have added lemon juice to the mix.

There is no need to use expensive tequila.  Cointreau is also expensive, and not sweet enough.  You can make these drinks a little better with premium tequila, but that’s up to you.


  • 1½ ounces Lunazul 100% Agave Blanco Tequila or other 100% agave blanco tequila
  • 1 ounce DeKuyper O3 Orange Liqueur or other triple sec
  • ¾ ounce lemon/lime juice mix
  • 1 cup of ice

— Mix together equal parts of fresh lemon juice and fresh lime juice.  Add the tequila, orange liqueur, and lemon/lime juice mix to a shaker with ice.  Shake until chilled, and serve in a glass with ½ of the rim salted  Garnish with a lime wheel on the rim of the glass.


For pitchers of frozen margaritas, pour 12 ounces of tequila, 8 ounces of triple sec, 3 ounces of lemon juice, and 3 ounces of fresh lime juice into a blender with 3 or 4 handfuls of ice, and blend on high speed.

Lunazul costs about $20 and deserves all of its prestigious awards.  Olmeca Altos is also a good bargain.  Agavales mixes very well and costs under $15. DeKuyper O3 Orange is half the price of Cointreau and works better than Cointreau with these Margaritas.

Other tequilas in the $20 range we’ve tested are Campo Azul Reposado (the gold one).  Espolon makes a smooth, sweeter margarita with a milder taste. Other highly-rated tequilas in this price range include El Padrino and Pueblo Viejo. Sauza Hornitos Reposado (gold) is popular in Mexico, and will give you an enjoyable burn.

If you want a Premium Margarita, use a more expensive blanco Tequila like Milagro.

For Strawberry Margaritas, add 2 fresh or frozen strawberries per drink, before mixing.


Cheap award-winning tequila makes cheap great margaritas
Cheap, award-winning tequila makes cheap great margaritas
Fancy margarita glasses or garnishes are not always necessary.
Fancy glasses or garnishes not required.