Simple 321 Margarita (with a spicy option!)

Margarita in a lowball glass with a salt rim and lime garnish.
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A margarita recipe that's as easy to make (and remember) as counting to 3. This drink packs a punch and plenty of tart lime flavor. Add jalapeño to make it a spicy margarita!

  • Author: Alexandra
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 margarita 1x
  • Category: beverages
  • Method: stir/shake
  • Cuisine: Mexican


  • 3 ounces 100% agave tequila, such as blanco or reposado
  • 2 ounces freshly-squeezed lime juice
  • 1 - 1 1/8 ounces simple syrup, to taste*
  • ice
  • jalapeno slices (optional, for spicy variation**)
  • kosher salt (optional, for glass rims )
  • lime wedge (optional, for garnish)


  1. Mix: Combine tequila, lime juice, and simple syrup in a glass or cocktail shaker filled with ice. Stir or shake for about 30 seconds, or until well mixed and chilled.
  2. Prep glass: Use a juiced lime wedge to coat the rim of a clean serving glass with lime juice. Holding glass horizontally, sprinkle with salt while rotating to coat the outer rim. Add ice to glass.
  3. Pour: Pour (or preferably strain) margarita into glass and garnish with a wedge of lime if desired. Serve immediately.


*To make simple syrup: Stir together 1 cup of water with 1 cup of granulated sugar in a microwave-safe measuring glass and microwave for 1-2 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the sugar has completely dissolved. You can also do this in a saucepan on the stove, using medium-low heat. 

**To make a spicy margarita: Muddle jalapeño slices with lime juice before adding tequila and simple syrup. Use about 1/8th of a jalapeño for a mild margarita, or 1/4 for a spicier margarita. Add a Tajín or chili salt rim for an extra kick of heat!

For pitcher margaritas: Scale this recipe to accommodate the size of your pitcher. A basic 60-ounce pitcher will use 30 ounces of tequila, 20 ounces of lime juice, and 10 ounces of simple syrup. 

Keywords: 321 margarita, 3-ingredient margarita, spicy margarita, jalapeno margarita, simple margarita