The Best Margarita Recipe

Over the weekend Ed and I celebrated the 4th in our backyard with friends and family. It was three days filled with lots of good food, music and good libations (specifically, the best margarita recipe ever).


When the clock chimed 5 o’clock on Friday afternoon… The holiday weekend became official and we went into full outdoor party mode.

Whenever we get together in the summer for backyard BBQ’s there is one thing that everyone anticipates and always asks for, something Ed is quite famous for….

….his Margaritas!  He makes pitcher after pitcher for the crowd and can never make the concoction fast enough.


He has tried many recipes and has come up with his own using 4 ingredients that make them taste so good.  He makes them on the rocks and whips them up by the pitcher full in a blender. Best part…he is willing to share the recipe.

Margaritaville glasses

These blue rimmed hand blown glasses were perfect to hold Ed’s margaritas.

The best Margarita recipe - 6 shot glasses on a tray ready to be served to guests.

A shot glass tray has been something that Ed always wanted me to make out of wood for him. When I saw this one, I knew I had to get it for him, no DIY needed. It is no longer available.

Summer party ideas and drinks.

It is complete with salt shaker and small dish for limes.

Outdoor summer party ideas

The new island-inspired additions to our outdoor entertaining arsenal fit in perfectly. There were margaritas served up all around…

Margaritaville shot glass tray for outdoor entertaining

along with a shot or two with a shaker of salt.

Outdoor summer party ideas

The weekend went by way too quickly. Our guests are gone and the house is quiet again.

If you read my post last week, I was in the thick of making beds in preparation for the arrival of everyone. Now, I am on the flip side. Stripping the beds and laundering all the sheets and towels. Which has turned out to be an all day affair.

In between loads of laundry, I started a new project…one that involves glossy white spray paint. It is one of four projects I am doing this summer to make over our mudroom on a budget.  I will post all about it next week.

Back to the laundry while still dreaming of candle lit evenings, beaches, boats and paradise….

This Margarita recipe will fill a pitcher. Be prepared to make a few batches.  :-)

The Best Margarita Recipe EVER!

Truly the best margarita that uses a mix and then custom add-ins to make it truly delicious.
Author: In My Own Style


  • 3 cups Jose Cuervo Original Margarita Mix
  • 1 cup Jose Cuervo Especial Tequila Gold
  • 1/3 cup Triple Sec
  • Freshly squeezed juice from one half of a lime
  • Optional: Salt for rimming glasses


  • This recipe makes a pitcher full of Margaritas
  • Fill blender halfway with ice. Add all ingredients and blend to create a slush. If you prefer the drink served on the rocks, blend for a shorter amount of time.
  • Dip glasses in salt to rim. Pour Margarita into glasses. Enjoy!
Two filled margarita glasses with salted rims, limes and blue and white striped straws. This is the Margarita recipe you have been searching for. It is the best! Pitcher size recipe.

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  1. Mary LoVasco from NJ says:

    Hi Diane. You have helped to change my life. I just threw a BBQ for my sons in-laws this past weekend for 25 guests. I used many of your tips to pull it off. (Entertaining in 30 minutes, etc.). I have created a lovely home decorated for summer using your techniques and making it “in my own style”. I felt have never been so proud. Everyone gave me tons of compliments. I no longer feel scared to try something . I can always make it work to my advantage. I wanted to let you know that you have made a positive impact on my life and often times we never know. Well I’m letting know now. Thanks Diane. You’re the greatest!

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Mary – Thank you so much for taking the time to leave me the best comment ever! You don’t know how happy you made me as I read your comment that what I post about has inspired you to decorate and entertain. That is why I blog, to share and inspire. The best part for me is to hear that you gained the confidence to do it all in your own style. XO

  2. Elaine Williams in Baltimore says:

    I was wondering when you were going to relax and have fun. Seems like you always have a project going. Your photos are great – looks like you all had a wonderful time!

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Elaine – We did have a wonderful time. I enjoy what I do and the fact that I can make my own schedule, but I will admit I do need to carve out more time to relax. I am trying to do that this summer by posting less each week. It feels good to shut down the computer and think about other things besides blogging and business stuff. XO

  3. Great Photos! Looking forward to trying your recipe soon. :)

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Thanks Samantha – The late outdoor afternoon light really is perfect for taking photos. I wish I had that kind of light all the time :-)