Margarita No Triple Sec: A Fresh Twist To Margarita!

Welcome to my little corner of the internet, where I’m always excited to share new recipes and cooking adventures with you. Today, I’m shaking things up (pun intended) with a twist on a classic cocktail that’s perfect for warm weather and outdoor gatherings – the Margarita!

Now, I know what you’re thinking: “But wait, isn’t a margarita supposed to have a triple sec?” And to that, I say… why not?! In this recipe, I’m swapping out the traditional triple sec for a more unique flavor profile that’s sure to tantalize your taste buds.

Instead of using that bright orange liqueur, I’m opting for a splash of citrusy vodka to give this margarita a fresh and exciting spin. So if you’re looking for a new take on a classic cocktail, or just want to mix things up with your friends and family, then you’re in the right place! Let’s get mixing.

Margarita No Triple Sec

Margarita No Triple Sec

A classic twist on the traditional margarita, this refreshing cocktail substitutes the traditional triple sec with a sweet and tangy simple syrup or agave nectar. The result is a balanced blend of tequila, lime juice, and a hint of sweetness, perfect for sipping on a warm day or enjoying as a lively evening treat.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course cocktail, Cocktails and Drinks
Cuisine American, Mexican
Servings 2 people
Calories 228 kcal


Sugar Syrup

  • 1/2 Cup Water
  • 1/2 Cup Sugar Granulated


  • 1/3 Cup  Lime Juice
  • 1 Lime
  • 2 tbsp Simple Sugar Syrup
  • 1/2 Cup Tequila
  • Salt
  • Ice


Sugar Syrup

  • Start by combining the sugar and water in a saucepan over medium heat.
  • Stir until the sugar is completely dissolved, then bring the mixture to a boil.
  • Once it reaches a boil, reduce the heat to a simmer and let it cook for 2 minutes without stirring.
  • After those 2 minutes are up, remove the saucepan from the heat and let the mixture cool down to room temperature.
  • Once it's cooled, transfer it to a glass jar with a lid and refrigerate.
  • This syrup will stay fresh for up to 3 months in the fridge, so you can use it whenever you need a sweet and tangy boost.


  • First, get your glass ready for the margarita magic.
  • Take a lime wedge and run it around the rim of the glass to give it a nice, juicy coat.
  • Then, grab a small plate and sprinkle some salt onto it.
  • Flip the glass upside down onto the plate, making sure the salt rim is coated evenly. Add some ice to the glass and set it aside for now.
  • Next, grab your cocktail shaker and add the tequila, fresh lime juice, and simple syrup or agave nectar.
  • Close the lid and give it a good shake – think 10-20 seconds of vigorous shaking!
  • Finally, pour the margarita mixture into the prepared glass and garnish with another lime wedge.
  • Your drink is now ready to be sipped and savored!
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Nutrition Facts:

Calories228 kcal
Carbohydrates28 g
Protein0.4 g
Vitamin A38 IU
 Vitamin C23 mg
Iron1 mg
Sugar22 g
Calcium21 mg

Can You Skip Triple Sec In Margarita?

Margarita No Triple Sec

Traditional Margaritas rely on triple sec to balance the acidity, making it a crucial ingredient. Without it, the drink becomes sour, falling into a different category altogether.

Is A Triple Sec Necessary In Margarita?

Triple sec, often Cointreau, is a key ingredient in classic margaritas, providing sweetness to balance the acidity. Without it, the drink may lack balance and become overly tart.

What is the secret ingredient in margaritas?

The secret ingredient in margaritas is fresh-squeezed juice from an actual orange or lime, not an orange or lemon-flavored liqueur.

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