Old Town Margaritas

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.

Yield: 6 to 8 servings

Prep Time: 15 minutes + cooling time

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Old Town Margaritas



  • 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.


  1. postedFeb 22, 2014 4:04 PM
    Christi H

    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.

    • postedFeb 22, 2014 4:21 PM

      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!

  2. postedApr 6, 2012 9:37 AM

    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

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