I’m gifting the gift of booziness this year. Earlier I shared how to make homemade hibiscus cinnamon cocktail syrup, then how to infuse vodka and today I’m excited to share a recipe for homemade margarita mix. Not only one, but two amazing mixes that are sure to be the perfect gift for the holidays – and the best part, you can whip these mixes up in no-time. They literally take less than ten minutes to make.
I loathe the taste of margarita mixes – they are syrupy, grainy and dilute the flavor of the tequila. Nothing beats a homemade mix.
I made two kinds of margarita mixes – cranberry and four berry. The cranberry mix is tangy, vibrant and pairs wonderfully with tequila blanco. I also made a four berry which includes blackberries, strawberries, raspberries and blueberries. And guess what? I used frozen berries, which made me love this mix even more since I don’t have to wait until summer to enjoy a quality margarita. I also added a cinnamon stick to the berry mix for warmth. The four berry mix pairs perfectly with both blanco and reposado tequila – and bonus with both mixes you can also make any cocktail I featured in my homemade cocktail syrup post. Win-win.
To Make a Single Margarita
1/2 cup homemade margarita mix
¼ cup tequila
1 tablespoon Cointreau
Salt for rim
Run a lime wedge around the rim of a glass, dip into salt and fill with ice. To a cocktail shaker filled with ice, add tequila, lime juice, Cointreau and margarita mix. Shake well and pour over glass filled with ice.
These homemade margarita mixes are great because you can make them, stash them in your fridge and are fully prepared to serve up one margarita, two, a whole pitcher or these mixes would be amazing in a punch bowl for a big party. Simply rim you glasses, add tequila, Cointreau and you are set. Find more margaritas here.
To Make a Pitcher of Margaritas
In a large pitcher filled with ice, combine margarita mix with 2 cups of tequila and 1 cup Cointreau. Stir, serve in glasses rimmed with salt.
I poured my homemade margarita mix into large canning jars. I’ll add a festive ribbon, recipe card plus a bottle of tequila to create a festive boozy gift.
- 1 cup dried marigold flowers, buds removed
- 3 tablespoons honey
- 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
- ½ cup boiling water
- 2 1/2 cups flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil
- 1 cup sugar
- 3 large eggs
- 1 cup whole milk
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- In a small bowl combine dried marigold flowers, honey, lime juice and boiling water; set aside to steep.
- In medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; set aside.
- Beat butter on medium speed until creamy, add oil and sugar gradually and continue to beat until light and fluffy.
- Add eggs one at a time, mixing well between each addition.
- Add flour mixture, alternating with milk.
- Add vanilla and steeped marigolds, mix well.
- Pour batter into a pan sprayed with nonstick cooking spray.
- Bake 40 to 50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.