The Best Bartaco Margarita (Their Signature Recipe)

If you’ve been to Bartaco before, you know that they are best known for their fresh ingredients and to-die-for margaritas. This Bartaco Margarita recipe is the best take of their signature cocktail. With my recipe, you can enjoy a classic Bartaco margarita at home (no bartending skills necessary)! Plus, I have tons of other cocktail recipes you might love.

A margarita with a salt rim and a lime wedge on a little mini round wooden serving board.

Bartaco is one of my favorite casual restaurants. They have my favorite fish tacos (which you can have lettuce-wrapped), and Bartaco’s margarita is my absolute favorite! This Bartaco margarita recipe is reminiscent of a sunny spring day, enjoying good vibes outside with a drink!  All you need for this recipe are some premium ingredients (citrus juices, tequila, etc.), and you’ll have the perfect cocktail. Follow along with my recipe for the ultimate #bartacoathome experience – you won’t want to miss this! 

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Bring Bartaco vibes to your home – Take a trip to Bartaco without leaving your kitchen! My Bartaco margarita copycat recipe is designed to deliver the authentic experience, giving you a taste of that vibrant atmosphere right at home.
  • Simplicity meets flavor –  I love recipes that are as easy as they are delicious. With readily available ingredients, my margarita ets you recreate the magic hassle-free. Enjoy the bold and refreshing taste without any unnecessary complexity.
  • Citrus in every sip – Picture this: the perfect blend of fresh lime juice and a few other essentials, creating a perfect margarita! Tangy, sweet, and with just the right tequila kick – this recipe promises a sip-worthy experience you won’t want to miss.

Ingredients

Ingredients for margaritas on a marble platter.

  • Tequila –  Bartaco uses its own blend of tequila, called  Libélula Tequila, for a unique kick. At home, go with any high-quality tequila you like (añejo tequila, blanco tequila, etc.).  I like to use tequila blanco or silver tequila at home.  If you want to learn more about Bartaco’s custom blend of tequila, I’ve linked to it here.
  • Fresh lime juice – Bursting with zesty citrus goodness, fresh lime juice adds a bright and tangy flavor essential for the perfect balance in every sip of your margarita. I juiced mine right before I made this cocktail with fresh limes! 
  • Agave – Nature’s sweetener, agave syrup, adds a touch of sweetness that complements the tartness of the lime for this perfect Bartaco margarita recipe.
  • Cointreau – This orange liqueur brings a subtle hint of citrus complexity, enhancing the overall flavor profile of your margarita. 
  • Ice cubes – You can’t forget ice cubes for a super cold, classic margarita! 
  • Lime wedge (for garnish): A simple but crucial addition, a lime wedge on the rim adds extra citrus pop and visual appeal to your perfectly crafted margarita. 

Substitutions and Additions

  • Bottled lime juice – In a pinch? Bottled lime juice works too, but fresh is always a game-changer.
  • Simple syrup – Swap with simple syrup if you’re out of agave, adjusting sweetness to taste.
  • Orange liqueur – Any orange liqueur can step in if you don’t have Cointreau on hand; you can even use triple sec. Get creative with what’s in your bar for this Bartaco margarita recipe.
  • Make it spicy – Add jalapeño-infused tequila or muddled jalapeño to make this a spicy margarita recipe. 
  • Mango – Add fresh mango juice to give this margarita a tropical flavor. Alternatively, you could even blend this margarita with frozen or fresh pineapple!

Step by Step Instructions

Pouring fresh lime juice into a silver cocktail shaker.

Step 1: Fill a shaker with ice. Pour in 1.5 oz of fresh lime juice.

Add 1.5 oz of your favorite tequila to the shaker.

Pouring agave into a silver cocktail shaker.

Step 2: Next, measure out 1 oz of Cointreau and add it to the mix.

Finally, add a touch of sweetness with 0.5 oz of agave nectar.

A silver cocktail shaker being shaken.

Step 3: Shake the ingredients vigorously to chill the mixture.

A glass with a salt rim on a little mini round wooden serving board.

Step 4: Optional: Salt the rim of your glass.

A glass with ice and a salt rim and a lime wedge on a little mini round wooden serving board.

Step 5: Add ice to a cocktail glass.

A glass with ice and a salt rim with a cocktail shaker pouring a margrait into it, on a little mini round wooden serving board.

Step 6: Strain the margarita into your glass filled with ice.

A margarita with a salt rim and a lime wedge on a little mini round wooden serving board.

Tips and Notes

  • High-quality ingredients – Opt for any high-quality type of tequila, fresh limes, and a reputable orange liqueur like Cointreau for the best flavor.
  • Fresh-squeezed lime juice – Always use fresh lime juice for that vibrant, citrusy punch. It makes a noticeable difference in the overall taste.
  • Agave adjustment –  Adjust the amount of agave nectar based on your sweetness preference. Start with 0.5 oz and add more if needed.
  • Shake it up – Shake the ingredients vigorously with ice. This not only chills the drink but also ensures proper mixing, creating a well-balanced margarita.
  • Ice matters – Use fresh ice in your glass to keep the margarita crisp and cold. You can even consider using large ice cubes to minimize dilution.

Recipe FAQs

While a shaker is ideal for proper mixing and chilling, you can still make the margarita by stirring the ingredients in a glass with ice.

Moisten the rim of the glass with a lime wedge, then dip it in salt before pouring the margarita. Adjust the saltiness to your preference.

Absolutely! Simply multiply the ingredients based on the number of servings you need and mix in a larger container.

Serving Suggestions

  • Chilled glassware – Serve the margarita in a chilled glass to keep it refreshingly cold. You can place the glasses in the freezer beforehand for an extra frosty touch.
  • Salted rim – For a classic touch, rim the glass with salt. To do this, moisten the rim with a lime wedge, then dip it in salt. It adds a nice contrast to the citrusy flavors.
  • Party pitcher –  If serving a crowd, prepare a pitcher of margaritas in advance. This way, guests can easily refill their glasses, and you can spend more time enjoying the company.
  • Pair with coastal bites – Enjoy your margarita with some coastal-inspired bites. Think fish tacos, ceviche, or corn fritters to complete the Bartaco experience.
  • Enjoy outdoors – If the weather is nice, serve the Bartaco margarita recipe outdoors. It’s a perfect companion for a sunny day or a casual get-together on the patio.

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A margarita with a salt rim and a lime wedge on a little mini round wooden serving board.

The Best Bartaco Margarita (Their Signature Recipe)

Allie Hagerty
If you’ve had the pleasure of dining at Bartaco, you’re likely familiar with their renowned commitment to using fresh ingredients and crafting unforgettable margaritas. My Bartaco Margarita recipe captures the essence of their signature cocktail, allowing you to savor the classic Bartaco margarita experience in the comfort of your home – no bartending skills required! Cheers to bringing a bit of Bartaco magic to your own space!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 3 minutes
Course Drinks
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 1 drink
Calories 225 kcal

Equipment

  • cocktail shaker
  • Margarita glass
  • citrus juicer
  • cutting board
  • Knife
  • Ice cube tray or pre-made ice cubes

Ingredients
  

  • 2 ounces tequila
  • 1 ounce triple sec
  • 1 ounce fresh lime juice
  • Ice cubes
  • Salt for rimming optional
  • Lime wedge for garnish

Instructions
 

  • If you’d like to salt the rim, start by moistening the rim of your glass with a lime wedge. Dip the rim into salt, coating it evenly.
  • Fill your margarita glass with ice cubes.
  • On your cutting board, slice a fresh lime wedge for garnish.
  • In the cocktail shaker, combine 2 oz tequila, 1 oz triple sec, and 1 oz fresh lime juice.
  • Shake the mixture well to chill it.
  • Strain the delightful concoction into your prepared glass over the ice.
  • Garnish with the fresh lime wedge on the rim.

Notes

  • High-quality ingredients – Opt for any high-quality type of tequila, fresh limes, and a reputable orange liqueur like Cointreau for the best flavor.
  • Fresh-squeezed lime juice – Always use fresh lime juice for that vibrant, citrusy punch. It makes a noticeable difference in the overall taste.

Nutrition

Calories: 225kcalCarbohydrates: 12gProtein: 0.1gFat: 0.1gSaturated Fat: 0.03gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.04gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.01gSodium: 3mgPotassium: 43mgFiber: 0.1gSugar: 10gVitamin A: 14IUVitamin C: 9mgCalcium: 4mgIron: 0.1mg
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