Old Town Margaritas

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These Old Town Margaritas are a nod to San Diego’s Old Town area. Old Town is a hotspot of the best Mexican food and margaritas in town.  These are the best margaritas!

the best margaritas

This is a delicious margarita. Be sure to make lots of the simple syrup ahead of time as these will go quickly at your party!

If you’re looking for a few more margarita recipes, try my Pineapple Margaritas, Watermelon- Mango Margaritas, or Strawberry Margaritas.

Old Town Margaritas

Yield: 6 to 8 servings

Prep Time: 15 minutes + cooling time

Cook Time: 5 minutes



  • 1/4 cup granulated white sugar
  • 1/4 cup water


  • 1 cup tequila
  • 1 cup lime juice, freshly squeezed
  • 1 cup Triple Sec
  • 3/4 cup water
  • ice cubes
  1. Prepare syrup: Heat the sugar and water in a saucepan until of a syrupy consistency, stirring frequently. Remove from heat and let stand until cool. Make ahead tip: Make the syrup the night before and let it get nice and chilled in the refrigerator.
  2. Prepare margaritas: Combine syrup, tequila, lime juice, liqueur and water with ice in blender. Process until the desired consistency. Pour into salt-rimmed margarita glasses and garnish with lime slices.
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  • Christi H wrote:

    How much simple syrup in the recipe for the margarita? I’m assuming you use the entire amount you make with 1/4 cup water and 1/4 cup sugar, but at the beginning of the commentary before the recipe, it says to make a lot.

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      Yes, use what is asked for in the recipe for one batch. But you’ll likely want to make more than one batch… so make lots of simple syrup!

  • Monique wrote:

    adding water sounds like it would make it too watered down with the combination of the ice being blended. As a bartender I prefer my margaritas on the rocks and if you want to cut the tartness add a splash of sprite