Making Brandon’s Best Margarita is as easy as 1-2-3! Pour, shake, and strain your way to the most refreshing, flavorful margarita you don’t have to leave home for. Cheers!

It’s Happy Hour Somewhere

I may be a wiz in the kitchen, but when it comes to happy hour, Brandon is the mixologist of this house. And he’s so, so good at it. Brandon’s Best House Margarita is as good or better than any restaurant margarita in town.

A Classic Margarita

Everyone should have a good classic margarita recipe in their arsenal. We have nothing against frozen margaritas. But we love our homemade margaritas on the rocks. It makes for such a refreshing cocktail!

Brandon’s Best House Margarita is made with simple ingredients and the easy to follow instructions. And when I say it’s the best, it really is! And since I’m terrible at keeping secrets, I’m going to share it with you!

Making this margarita is as easy as 1-2-3. Pour, shake, strain! That’s it! If you’ve gathered your ingredients and tools, you’re ready to go!

Brandon Brown cocktail crafting 101

What Do I Need to Make a House Margarita?

  • Tequila. Quality tequila is a must! Brandon swears by Fortaleza, but if you have a favorite brand or type of tequila, stick to it! He usually uses blanco or reposado, but anjeo works, as well.
  • Cointreau. Your favorite triple-sec or orange liqueur will do, too.
  • Limes. Fresh is best! Brandon always uses fresh squeezed lime juice.
  • Agave syrup. For an authentic flavor, agave is superior to simple syrup.
  • Rim salt (optional). We prefer unsalted rims, but I know how some of y’all feel about your salt!
  • Cocktail Shaker. Brandon loves his Boston Cocktail Shaker.
  • Strainer. The Boston Shaker comes with a Hawthorne strainer, but any fine mesh strainer will do.
Brandon's Best Margarita by The BakerMama

How to Make Brandon’s Best House Margarita

  • In a cocktail shaker, first add the tequila, cointreau, fresh lime juice, agave and ice.
  • Shake well.
  • Strain over fresh ice into a salt-rimmed (the salt is optional!) margarita glass, garnish with a lime wedge and enjoy!

I told you that was easy! The hand-blown Mexican drinking glasses are from Amazon, if you’re interested.

Brandon's Best Margarita by The BakerMama

Cocktail Crafting 101

Whether you’re new to cocktail making or just want a refresher, take this crash course on bar tools, glass types, ice, and terminology. Read up and get your cocktail on! We’ll even throw in some of our favorite cocktail recipes. Cheers!

Cocktail Crafting 101 by The BakerMama

If you do make Brandon’s Best Margarita, don’t forget to tag @thebakermama and @dadacookstoo when you post your pics to social. 😍 We can’t wait to see your happy hour faces. Cheers and enjoy!


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Brandon’s Best Margarita

  • Author: The BakerMama
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 1x


Making Brandon’s Best Margarita is as easy as 1-2-3! Pour, shake, and strain your way to the most refreshing, flavorful margarita you don’t have to leave home for.


  • 2 ounces (double shot) tequila
  • .75 ounce cointreau
  • .75 ounce fresh squeezed lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon light agave
  • salt rim, optional


  1. In a cocktail shaker, add the tequila, cointreau, lime juice, agave and ice.
  2. Shake well.
  3. Strain over fresh ice in salted rimmed glass, garnish with a lime wedge and enjoy!

About The BakerMama

Maegan is the author of her best-selling Beautiful Boards, Spectacular Spreads and Brilliant Bites cookbooks. She started blogging in 2012 and features hundreds of original recipes on The BakerMama. She truly enjoys sharing her easy, family-friendly recipes, creative meal ideas, food board creations, and entertaining spreads to encourage others to get in the kitchen and make something memorable for their loved ones to enjoy together. Learn More

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  1. Hi! I noticed when I change the scale to 2 or 3 the cointreau and lime juice stay the same. Honestly most folks make more than one drink 🤷🏻‍♀️
    What would be the quantity for a pitcher?

    1. Hi Nathalie! It depends on how many margaritas you want to serve. We multiply the recipe by how many we want to make. So if we want a pitcher of 10 margaritas, we’ll do 10 times of everything in the recipe. Our pitchers seal really well so we just add it all to the pitcher to shake and serve. If you don’t have a pitcher that you can shake the margaritas in, you can shake how ever many servings will fit in your cocktail shaker and then add to the pitcher and repeat until you have the quantity you desire. We add some ice to the pitcher to keep it chilling and then pour it over ice. Here are the pitchers we have: Hope this helps. Cheers!

  2. Would you mind sharing where your glasses are from? Been looking for some handblown Mexican glasses like these! Apologies if you’ve shared this 800x already 🙂