The 6 Best Margarita Mixes of 2021

These mixes are a direct track to Margaritaville

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Our Top Picks
"What makes this mix so great is that it uses agave nectar to sweeten."
"A healthy dose of habanero pepper extract gives this mix a spicy kick."
"Use it as a base for crafting a range of flavored margaritas."
"Instead of lime juice, it uses freshly brewed organic white tea, watermelon, and pomegranate extract."
"Though the can is just 8 ounces, it contains big bursts of citrusy, tart flavors."
"It’s delicious with both tequila and mezcal—fresh, clean, and bright."

The margarita has always held a place in our hearts as an excellent sunny-day drink–mainly because it’s refreshing and super simple to make. Just mix 1.5 ounces of tequila, 1 ounce of Cointreau or triple cec, and a squeeze of fresh lime. You can even substitute the orange liqueur for agave nectar, a drink called the “Tommy’s Margarita.”

However, if you’re crafting more than one round of margaritas, you may not have the time or ingredients to make them from scratch. This is where pre-batched margarita mixes come in handy. They typically include everything you need to make the citrusy cocktail (save for the tequila), so you can simply pour, stir, and enjoy. 

Whether you're looking for sweet, spicy, or classic, here are the best margarita mixes.

Best Overall: Tres Agave Organic Margarita Mix 1-Liter

Tres Agaves Organic Margarita Mix 1L (Pack of 2)
What We Like
  • Organic flavorings

  • Large enough for big batches

What We Don't Like
  • Too much liquid for just one or two people

If you love the flavor of fresh ingredients, but don’t want to squeeze enough limes for a crowd, this organic mix has you covered. Tres Agaves leans on all-natural ingredients, meaning, you will actually be able to pronounce what’s on the label. There isn't a single chemical name in sight.  Because of said natural flavorings, the authentic agave and lime flavors of this mix shine when sipped on the rocks. 

What also makes this mix great is it uses agave nectar to sweeten. Tequila is an agave-based spirit, so the flavors of concentrated agave syrup pair perfectly in a margarita. Agave nectar also keeps the sugar down—with only 68 calories and 16 grams of sugar per serving, you can sip a margarita or two without regretting it. 

Each order includes two 33.8-ounce bottles, which equates to roughly 30 servings per bottle—ideal for big batches. If you don't have others to share it with, keep it in your fridge for margaritas in a pinch. Just shake well before using.

Best Spicy: Hella Cocktail Co. Habanero Margarita Mixer

What We Like
  • Brings the heat

  • Bartender-level quality

What We Don't Like
  • The level of spice isn’t for everyone

  • Pricey

The spicy margarita has quickly become almost as iconic as a standard margarita. There are a number of ways you can add a little heat to your drink—simply add a few dashes of your favorite hot sauce or infuse tequila with peppers over a matter of days. For an easier route, let Hella Cocktail Co. do all the work. The Brooklyn-based, small-batch, Black-owned brand features a mix made with filtered water, cane sugar, fresh lime juice, citric acid (to keep the lime juice tasting fresh), a dash of sea salt, and extract from rosemary, orange, and red pepper. A healthy dose of habanero extract gives it a spicy kick. The resulting mixer is bartender-quality: fresh, bright, and tart with just the amount of heat

Another benefit of this mix is that it checks off all the health-conscious boxes. It’s all-natural, vegan, and gluten-free. If you’re making margaritas for many, keep one bottle of this and one bottle of regular (non-spiced) margarita mix. At 750 milliliters per bottle, this option serves twelve cocktails. Remember to refrigerate after opening.

Best for Slushies: Kelvin Slush Co. Margarita Frozen Cocktail Mix

What We Like
  • Specially blended for slushies

  • Perfect for large batches

  • All-organic ingredients

What We Don't Like
  • Not ideal for drinking on the rocks

Getting the blender out for your next cocktail hour? Kelvin Slush Co.’s margarita mix is specifically crafted for blender drinks, including slushie machines and household blenders. If you don’t have either, this mix works just as well in a Vitamix, which is great for single servings.

The company knows its slushies. It started slinging them out of Brooklyn’s Smorgasburg food truck festival before finding enough success to launch a full-fledged mixer company. A big draw of this mix is that you can use it as a base for crafting a range of flavored margaritas. Add fresh strawberries to the blender or throw in a few peppers to make a spicy version.

Each bottle contains 64 ounces of liquid, enough for 37 frozen cocktails or 32 virgin slushies at 12 ounces each. Give the bottle a good shake before opening.

Best Flavored: Owl's Brew Watermelon Margarita Cocktail Mixer

What We Like
  • Versatile

  • Great for drinkers and non-drinkers

  • Female-owned

What We Don't Like
  • Not a traditional margarita mix

  • Flavors are subtle

Founded by two cocktail-loving tea experts, Owl’s Brew is one of the more out-of-the-box margarita mixes on the market. Instead of lime juice, they use freshly brewed organic white tea, watermelon, and pomegranate extract to replicate the easy-drinking flavors of a margarita. Owl’s Brew mix is also excellent with gin or vodka. You can even try making a mocktail by adding sparkling water.

The fact that this includes no sugars and only organic tea and botanicals means it's one of the healthier mixers on the market. The combination of botanicals and spices add depth and complexity to the standard margarita format. Even though they look to more unusual ingredients, Owl’s Brew’s margarita mixers are incredibly refreshing. Each 16-ounce bottle makes eight drinks.

Best Canned: Zing Zang Canned All-Natural Margarita Mix

What We Like
  • Convenient

  • Organic ingredients

  • Super fresh

What We Don't Like
  • Only one serving per can

  • Not as sweet as most margaritas

The contents of this tiny pack quite the punch. Though the can contains just 8 ounces, it features big bursts of citrusy, tart flavors. Zing Zang comes in handy if you’re making margaritas outside, be it camping, a picnic, or at the beach. Just pop open the top, take a sip, and fill it with tequila. If you don’t want to go through the rigmarole of mixing a margarita for one, simply crack the can and pour the contents over rocks with tequila and triple sec. No fuss, no mess, and no worrying about wasting an entire bottle of mix if you can’t drink it in time.

Though these do come in convenient, soda-like cans, Zing Zang leans on fresh flavors, blending fresh lime, key limes, and grapefruit with blue weber agave nectar (the same type of agave used in tequila) and pure cane sugar.

Best All-Natural: WithCo Agave Margarita Cocktail Mixer

What We Like
  • Great with mezcal

  • Refreshing

What We Don't Like
  • Short shelf life

WithCo’s take on a margarita mix leans into traditional Mexican agave flavorings, combining agave nectar, freshly squeezed lime juice, and orange oil. The uber-fresh recipe is incredibly impressive, especially considering how hard it is to make shelf-stable lime juice. Citrus juice, in particular, expires quickly and does not bottle well, which is why lower-end margarita mixers use "citrus flavors" instead of the real thing. It’s delicious with both tequila and mezcal—fresh, clean, and bright.

Each 16-ounce bottle is all-natural, crafted without preservatives and additives. To make a cocktail, combine equal parts mixer and tequila or mezcal, garnish with a lime, and sip away. Note that the bottle does expire within 21 days, so if you don’t plan to drink ten cocktails over that time period, this may not be for you.

Final Verdict

Many margarita mixes on the market can taste overly saccharine. We love the Tres Agaves Organic Margarita Mix (view at Amazon) because it highlights all-natural flavors, which is great for sipping with or without tequila. If you’re looking for a fiery flavor, we recommend Hella Cocktail Co’s Habanero Margarita Mixer (view at Amazon).

What to Look for in a Margarita Mix

Ingredients

A typical margarita has tequila, an orange liqueur, and lime juice, plus salt on the rim. In order to make the mixture shelf-stable, many companies add preservatives or sweeteners, ranging from artificial sucralose to natural agave and cane sugar. If you're following a certain diet or are conscious about your health, avoid bottles that use artificial sweeteners. These will make the margarita taste processed and sugary. One of the best parts of this cocktail is its fresh lime flavor, so if you'd like to replicate that in a mix, look for ones that use lime concentrate over lime flavorings.

Flavor

There's a wide range of different flavors out there, so don't be afraid to experiment. A lime margarita is classic, but why not try a spicy one? Perhaps a refreshing flavor, like strawberry or watermelon? If you’re serving drinks to others, consider picking up a few different flavor options so there’s something for everyone.

Size

When serving multiple people, larger bottles are best. However, if you're mixing drinks for one or two, buying individual cans or smaller bottles means you won't have to worry about having an open bottle that requires refrigeration or quick consumption before it goes bad. Most margarita mixes are shelf-stable, so keep them in your pantry for when a surprise happy hour pops up.

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Kate Dingwall is a spirits expert and sommelier. She has written for a number of global magazines and makes a mean margarita.

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