Best Cheap Margaritas for a Party


This recipe for Margaritas was developed for a Tex-Mex restaurant in Houston, Texas, that is a well-known destination for the drink, especially during happy hour.

Don’t get me wrong, I can make a premium Margarita with expensive Don Julio, Cointreau, and freshly-squeezed lime juice, but surprisingly it’s not that much better than this crowd-pleaser and Cinco de Mayo favorite.


  • 1½ ounces Lunazul 100% Agave Blanco Tequila or other 100% agave blanco tequila
  • ½ ounce DeKuyper O3 Orange Liqueur or other triple sec
  • ½ ounce fresh lemon juice
  • ¼ ounce Minute Maid frozen limeade concentrate, thawed
  • 1 cup of ice

— Add the tequila, orange liqueur, and lime juice mix to a shaker with ice.  Shake until chilled, and serve in a glass with ½ of the rim salted.  If you want to make the preparation even easier, mix 2 parts of fresh lemon juice with 1 part Minute Maid limeade concentrate, and use 3/4 ounce of this mix with the tequila and triple sec.

Using All Fresh Juice: If you feel like squeezing fresh juice, mix 2 part of fresh lemon juice with 1 part Persian lime juice (the limes most commonly found in grocery stores) and use ¾ ounce of this mix instead of the lemon juice/limeade combo.

For pitchers of frozen margaritas, pour 12 ounces of tequila, 4 ounces of triple sec, 4 ounces of lemon juice, and 2 ounces of Minute Maid limeade concentrate 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 no Cointreau, but it’s half the price and works beautifully 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.

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


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