Classic Margarita On The Rocks

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If you know me at all, you know that I LOVE a good margarita. It is actually my drink of choice these days. I’ve always been a beer girl, and I dabble in some hard seltzers, too, but nothing can compete with my beloved margaritas. Today I am sharing the Classic Margarita On The Rocks recipe that Ethan & I whip up all the time! I hope you love it as much as we do!

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For one of the best margaritas in KC, check out Coco Bolo’s. Definitely our fav spot for margs + amazing Mexican food!

how to make a Classic margarita on the rocks

Let’s start with the basics here. What ingredients do you need to whip up a good margarita? Here are a few necessities:

  • Tequila
  • Fresh limes
  • Salt, if desired
  • Ice (AKA, rocks)
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Optional Mix-Ins

  • Triple Sec (orange-flavored liqueur)
  • Tres Agaves margarita mix

What is the best tequila for margaritas?

Now, let’s talk tequila. Tequila shots make me cringe, but tequila in a marg? Sign me up. We have recently become partial to one brand in particular, because Ethan happens to know the owner and creator from college. I love supporting local companies whenever I can, especially if I know them personally! And especially if their tequila is the bomb.

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The brand we love is called Una Vida Tequila and it is GOOD stuff. It’s also priced very reasonably.

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If you live in Kansas City, you can find Una Vida at:

  • Lukas Liquor – Overland Park
  • Mahoney’s Liquor – Overland Park
  • Beer Cave Wine – Overland Park
  • Metcalf Discount Liquor – 135th St.
  • Empire Wine & Spirits – Overland Park
  • Ensminger Retail Liquor – Overland Park
  • Rimman Liquor – Lenexa
  • Hops & Vines – Lenexa
  • Crone Liquors – Olathe
  • Kings Liquor – Olathe
  • Mike’s Cut Rate – Waldo
  • Gomer’s – KCMO
  • Missie’s Discount – Shawnee
  • Justin’s Discount – Shawnee

And possibly some other locations!

Una Vida has three different kinds of tequila: Blanco, Anejo, and Reposado. We typically use the Blanco, but also love the others. Learn more about the different flavors here.

what’s a good margarita mix?

I recently discovered Tres Agaves margarita mix and I am a huge fan for multiple reasons. (PS: this is not sponsored; we just genuinely LOVE their products.)

Why I LOVE Tres Agaves:

  1. It is made with real lime & real agave
  2. No high fructose corn syrup (like many alternatives)
  3. Certified USDA Organic
  4. Gluten-free, which is great for people with celiac disease or gluten intolerance
  5. Only four, natural ingredients
  6. No artificial sweeteners or colors
  7. Not overly sweet, so you can have multiple margs without getting sick of it ; )

Click here to see where you can find Tres Agaves near you.

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foods to serve with classic margaritas on the rocks

What’s a margarita without a delicious, Mexican feast? Whether it’s Margarita Monday, Taco Tuesday, or just a plain ol’ Wednesday in your house, it’s always a good time for Mexican food and margaritas.

pan seared salmon tacos

Here are some tasty recipes you could whip up to serve alongside your new favorite margarita recipe.

How to salt the rim of your margarita glasses

To be completely honest, I don’t like salt on the rim of my margaritas, but I realize I’m the minority here. Obviously, they are salted in my photos, solely for aesthetic purposes. ; ) This article has a step-by-step tutorial on how to salt the rim of your margarita glasses if you’re into that sort of thing. Check it out here.

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Classic Margarita On The Rocks

Shanna Hutcheson
If you love a good margarita, you will love this Classic Margarita On The Rocks recipe! It is quick & easy to make, and so refreshing on a hot summer day. 
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Drinks
Cuisine American, Mexican
Servings 1 serving
Calories 263 kcal


  • 2 oz tequila Una Vida, or brand of choice
  • 1 Tbsp Triple Sec
  • Juice of 1 lime or 3 Tbsp lime juice
  • 3 oz Tres Agaves margarita mix or mix of choice
  • 1 cup ice
  • Lime wedge to garnish
  • Salt on rim if desired


  • If desired, salt the rim of your margarita glass(es). 
  • Combine all ingredients in a low ball glass. Stir well. 
  • Serve chilled with ice. Garnish with a lime wedge. 


Tres Agaves margarita mix is lower in sugar than some others, but also does not contain artificial sweeteners like many brands. The nutrition facts below are for generic margarita mix and may not reflect actual nutritional value using the brands I recommended in this post. 


Calories: 263kcalCarbohydrates: 26gSodium: 63mgPotassium: 52mgSugar: 23gVitamin C: 13.5mg
Keyword adult beverage, alcoholic drink recipe, drink recipe, skinny margarita, summer drink
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!

Let me know what you think if you try out this recipe! You can totally substitute any kind of tequila and/or margarita mix that you like or have on hand.

If you want some more ideas for yummy drinks, click here to check out Una Vida’s collection of tequila cocktails. Pin this recipe on Pinterest so you can come back to it every time you’re craving a good margarita!

Cheers, friends! : )


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  1. 5 stars
    I made this recipe exactly like you recommended and it did not disappoint! My friend had brought over his own margarita mix but after trying Tres Agaves, he didn’t even want to use his own stuff haha! This drink recipe hides the tequila taste so well. This was my first time making margaritas too so I’m so happy that your recipe was available and how exactly I like my drinks to be! Thank you for posting your margarita recipe!

    1. Aw, that makes me so happy! I’m so glad you loved it. I totally agree – that mix just tastes so much fresher than others! Thank you so much for sharing! 🙂

  2. Tres Agaves has a strawberry mix as well and it is also phenomenal! Will have to give this recipe a try, sounds great 🙂

    1. Oh my gosh, yes! We recently tried the strawberry one too and LOVE it! Tastes so fresh and delish! Let me know if you try this recipe. 🙂

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