The margarita is a classic and simple cocktail that everyone should know how to make. All you need are just a few simple ingredients: high quality tequila, fresh lime juice, and a citrus sweetener like triple sec, Cointreau, or Grand Marnier, or even just a little agave syrup. Combine, shake, and pour—it’s as easy as that.
However, sometimes you don’t have the right ingredients (or the time!) to whip up a drink, or perhaps you're planning to make a batch of cocktails for a group of friends who outnumber your limes. For those situations, a good margarita mixer can be incredibly helpful. There is a wide variety to choose from, and many are made from natural ingredients. Each has a distinctive flavor profile, from sour to spicy to fruity, offering something for every palate. Here are ten of the best margarita mixers out there that are both delicious and affordable.
Best Overall: Agalima Margarita Mix
Agalima Margarita Mix is proof that simple is best, and this brand keeps things fresh and uncomplicated. Organic lime juice and blue agave syrup are the base of this mixer, which is bright, slightly sweet, and just acidic enough to work with any tequila. Try this mixer and see if you can tell the difference between the resulting margarita and one that's built from scratch. (Pro tip: you can play around with this mixer to try making other lime-heavy drinks as well, like a Gimlet or a Daiquiri.)
Best Spicy: Hella Cocktail Co. Habanero Margarita Mixer
If you are looking to add a spicy kick to your margarita, check out New York City-based Hella Cocktail Co.’s habanero-infused version. No fructose, artificial colors or flavors are included here—just fresh lime juice, sugar, and real habanero peppers. This mixer is not overly sweet, and provides a nice balance of citrus and spice. The habanero is not overpowering, either, but livens up your drink all the same.
Best Skinny: Stirrings 5 Calorie Margarita
If you’re concerned about the amount of calories in your margarita mix, but don’t want to sacrifice flavor and quality, look no further than Stirrings’ 5 Calorie margarita mix. This mixer uses sucralose instead of sugar as a sweetener, which is why the calorie count is so low. But that doesn’t mean your margarita will have a saccharine, diet cola-like flavor. On the contrary: the key lime concentrate, the core ingredient here, pops with a freshness and tartness that will complement any tequila.
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Best Canned: Zing Zang Canned All-Natural Margarita Mix
Sometimes you're in the mood to host a party, but other times you need to bring the party to your friends. For those occasions, a canned margarita mixer is the way to go: grab as many as you need, throw them in a bag, and don’t worry about saving any leftovers. Zing Zang Margarita Mix is made from just a few natural ingredients, including agave nectar, cane sugar, and a blend of three juices—lime, key lime, and grapefruit—bringing a bit of paloma character to what is still a familiar margarita mix flavor.
Best Natural: Powell & Mahoney Classic Margarita
Simplicity and natural ingredients usually make for the best margarita mix, as Powell & Mahoney’s Classic Margarita makes undoubtedly clear. No artificial ingredients or preservatives are used in this mixer, just non-GMO ingredients like lime juice, cane sugar, and organic agave syrup. While you’re at it, why not try some organic-certified tequila when using this to make a margarita as well?
Best for Other Spirits: Morris Kitchen Citrus Agave
Morris Kitchen’s Citrus Agave mixer definitely makes an excellent and refreshing margarita, with a mix of agave nectar, lime, sea salt, orange extract, and some cayenne for a subtle kick. But this is a margarita mixer that can also be used with virtually any other spirit you can think of, from rum to mezcal to vodka and gin. Try out a few different cocktail variations to compare side by side—just switch out the base spirit and see how this versatile mixer performs with each!
Best Berry: Tres Agaves Strawberry
While lime is traditionally the foundation of any margarita, berry flavors often work well in this classic drink as well. Tres Agaves came up with this strawberry version of its margarita mix, and it’s made using just five ingredients: organic strawberry purée, organic agave nectar, organic lime juice, pure filtered water, and vitamin C. The result is a fresh and bright mix that doesn’t veer into saccharine territory.
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Best Budget: Master of Mixes Margarita Mixer
An affordable margarita mixer should not mean that you are sacrificing quality or flavor. Master of Mixes Margarita Mixer takes this concept to heart. It’s made from a blend of ingredients like Mexican key lime juice, citrus oils, simple syrup, and agave syrup—so this mixer takes all the elements you would use to make your own drink, like fresh lime juice and triple sec, and simplifies them into a ready to drink option. Best of all? You can usually find it for $10 or less.
Best Craft: Cutwater Classic Margarita Mix
Cutwater Spirits is a San Diego craft distillery that makes nearly everything, from vodka to gin to rum to whiskey. It also makes canned cocktails and mixers, and a great option for a margarita is this premium option made with natural lime juice and pure cane juice. There’s a nice balance between sweet and tart here, with just a hint of saltiness—so if you’re looking to support a craft distillery, check out this mixer for your next margarita happy hour.
Best Organic: Tres Agave Organic Margarita Mix 1-Liter
Tres Agaves ticks all the right boxes for an approachable margarita mixer. It’s not overly complicated, being made with just four organic ingredients: agave nectar, lime juice, filtered water, and vitamin C. Plus, it’s shelf-stable, and it's relatively low in calories. It's a level of quality that's to be expected from this reputable tequila brand—give this mixer a try using some Tres Agaves blanco, or whatever your favorite tequila might be, and see for yourself.
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For a top-quality, classic tasting Margarita mixer, you can't go wrong with Agalima Margarita Mix (view on TotalWine.com). The simple two-ingredient mix is as close to homemade as you can get. It will blend flawlessly into a frothy sipper and can also stand up to a traditional on-the-rocks version, with a pinch of salt.
What to Look For
Despite the fact that their reputation has "soured" amidst the craft cocktail revival, there is such a thing as a good margarita mixer. While the drink is not too complicated to make yourself, sometimes these mixers really help out, particularly if you are entertaining a group and need to make a bunch of drinks. When looking for a margarita mixer, there are several things to keep in mind: some have very traditional flavor profiles, while others might be spicy or sour, or even employ berries as flavoring. The budget options often use artificial ingredients, but there are some high quality craft brands that use organic ingredients and work nicely with nearly any tequila. Whatever style you choose, there’s a margarita mixer out there for you.
Do margarita mixes have more sugar than a homemade version?
This depends on the brand, as some are created specifically to offer a low-sugar alternative. In general, a mix might have more sugar than a homemade margarita, but this depends on how you are making it (agave syrup versus triple sec, for example). The good news is there are different types of mixers to choose from, ranging from sweet to more tart and citrus-driven.
How much tequila do you add to a mix?
Generally, you’ll use two ounces of tequila per drink, the same as you would if you were making a homemade version.
How long do mixes last? Do you need to keep them refrigerated?
Most mixes do need to be refrigerated once opened, and should be used between 10 and 30 days after opening. At the same time, most are shelf stable before opening and can be stored in a cool, dry place. Check the label to be sure, as you don’t want to use a mix that’s gone bad after opening.
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This roundup was edited by Jesse Porter, whose Cadillac Margarita recipe is typically quite well-received by his friends, and yet who's gotten very little traction on his Lincoln Margarita recipe.
Jonah Flicker is an experienced writer who has been covering spirits and traveling the world visiting distilleries to taste and discover for almost a decade. His work has appeared in many different national outlets covering trends, new releases, and the stories and innovators behind the spirits. His first love remains whiskey, but he is partial to tequila, rum, gin, cognac, and all things distilled.
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