Rio Bravo Margarita

Sometimes there is nothing better than a refreshing margarita.  You can enjoy a Rio Bravo Margarita at home.  You don’t need to buy a mix, you can make better tasting drinks with fresh ingredients.

homemade Rio Bravo margarita

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Homemade Margarita

When dining out at a Mexican restaurant, there is nothing better than a refreshing margarita. You can enjoy this wonderful copycat margarita cocktail at home.

You don’t need to buy a margarita mix. You can make better tasting drinks with fresh ingredients. This homemade margarita combines tequila and triple sec with fresh lime juice and frozen strawberries.


Here’s a list of what you need:

  • Tequila
  • Triple sec
  • Fresh lime juice
  • Powdered sugar
  • Frozen sweetened strawberries
  • Ice

How to Make a Rio Bravo Margarita

On the rocks or frozen? This question often comes up when discussing the best way to make margaritas. Purists may turn up their noses at the frozen kind, but I think that a slushy margarita is ideal on a really hot day.

Frozen Margarita

  1. Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Pour into a margarita glass.

On the Rocks Margarita

  1. Place all ingredients except ice in a blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Pour into a margarita glass filled with ice.

Classic Margarita

A classic margarita involves diluting and chilling by shaking tequila, triple sec, lime juice, and ice together in a cocktail shaker. So, pouring the shaken drink over more ice will just make it too watery.

homemade Rio Bravo margarita with salt rim and lime garnish

How Much Juice is in One Lime?

On average, one lime will give you two tablespoons of lime juice. As an alternative to fresh lime, you can use Minute Maid Frozen Limeade which is well-balanced between sweet and tart.

Then you could opt to squeeze in the juice from a whole lime or two for added bite. Limeade is especially good if you are making a big batch of margaritas for a party.

What is the Best Way to Serve a Margarita?

The most classic and elegant way to serve a margarita is in a chilled martini glass. Many cocktail historians believe this is how margaritas would have been served originally – most likely in the ’30s or early ’40s somewhere along the US-Mexico border (probably in Tijuana).

What About the Salt? It’s up to you whether you choose to salt the rim of your martini glasses. I think that a couple of grains of salt can actually help bring out the flavor of the martini. You can opt to only salt part of the rim, and then everyone will be happy.

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Let me know how much you enjoyed your Rio Bravo Real Margarita! Let me know if you enjoy yours on the rocks or frozen.

homemade Rio Bravo margarita

Rio Bravo Margarita

You have never had such a good margarita.
5 from 3 votes
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Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Cocktail, Margarita
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1
Calories: 358kcal


  • 2 ounces tequila
  • 1 ounce triple sec
  • 2 ounces fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons frozen sweetened strawberries
  • 1 cup ice


Frozen Margarita

  • Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.

On the Rocks Margarita

  • Place all ingredients except ice in a blender and blend until smooth. Serve over ice.


Calories: 358kcal | Carbohydrates: 46g | Protein: 0g | Fat: 0g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 5mg | Potassium: 111mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 40g | Vitamin C: 34.4mg

About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of's Dining Out in the Home, and's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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  1. Liz Nelson

    5 stars
    We all know that Margaritas are wonderful!
    So these fall in line with most Margaritas! They are very good!

5 from 3 votes (1 rating without comment)

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