3-1-1 Margarita

3-1-1 Margarita

A very simple and quick recipe for mixing an awesome margarita
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: agave nectar, Drinkfluencer, drinks, makecaloriesgreatagain, margarita, mcga, recipes, tequila
Food Category: Drinks
Cocktail Catagory: Tropical
Cocktail Ingredient: Agave Nectar, Lime, Tequila
FoodOrDrink: Drink
Servings: 1 Margarita


  • 3 oz Tequila
  • 1 oz Agave Nectar
  • 1 ea Lime
  • 1 ea Plate with Salt


  • Gather your ingredients.
  • Cut lime in half and squeeze 1 of the halves into a cocktail shaker (should yield about 1oz).
  • Using the same half of lime, use it to wet the edge of the glass.
  • Run the edge of the glass along the salt on the plate. The salt should adhere to the glass.
  • Add the tequila and agave nectar to the cocktail shaker. Fill with ice and shake.
  • Strain the drink into the glass. Top off glass with fresh ice as desired.
  • Garnish with a slice of lime (optional) and enjoy!


  • While I prefer this basic 3-1-1 recipe (3oz Tequila, 1oz Agave Nectar, 1oz Lime Juice), many folks like a 3-2-1 combination (3oz Tequila, 2oz Agave Nectar, 1oz Lime Juice).  The extra nectar obviously makes for a sweeter drink.
  • You can sub Triple Sec for the Agave Nectar if you want…. but come on.  Don’t.  😉
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This classic and extremely simple margarita recipe uses a 311 Method for making a margarita. It is easy to remember and tastes great! I created this blog / website as an alternative to other sites which post lengthy stories and histories rather than getting straight to the information most users need (which is the actual recipe). Unfortunately, I’ve found that my site is easier for new users to find when I post background.

Most of us don’t remember our first margarita, but without fail the smell and taste of a properly made margarita will instantly bring back fond memories of the tropics and sitting on sunny beaches. You will remember this Classic and extremely simple margarita recipe though! A quick side note – If you’re looking for a place to visit, forgo Mexico and give a shot to the Virgin Islands. What makes this 311 method / recipe great is how easy it is to remember. You can scale it up or down with ease. Mixing drinks for a large group? Well then you should use 3 liters of tequila, 1 liter of lime juice, and 1 liter of agave nectar. If you go that route, you may find you’ll need a lot of Painkillers the next day.

Most people think of Jimmy Buffet as the sound that best accompanies this classic and extremely simple margarita recipe and while that it a great choice, I have a different opinion. I think a steel drum band is perfect music to complement a margarita.

The next time you’re looking to escape the reality of a cold winter day or the bustling of a large city, mix up this Classic and extremely simple margarita recipe and you’ll instantly be in a better spot! Eat. Drink. Live.