Tanteo Tequila

Top All Natural Margarita Mixes

If you have ever read a Tanteo cocktail list or seen one of our YouTube videos, you will know that we always recommend using freshly squeezed lime juice and agave nectar for a proper margarita. However, while it is a lot easier to squeeze juice than it may seem, sometimes you just don’t have the time.

To help you out with this, we have highlighted the best margarita mixes out there. We’re big on using the best ingredients possible, so I didn’t include any of the chemical enhanced margarita mixes out there. All of the below are 100% natural. Enjoy!

 

      Ripe Margarita Mix      Ingredients: filtered water, cold-pressed Persian lime juice, cold-pressed Valencia and/or Hamlin orange juice, 100% organic agave nectar

 

Ripe Margarita Mix

Ingredients: filtered water, cold-pressed Persian lime juice, cold-pressed Valencia and/or Hamlin orange juice, 100% organic agave nectar

A new addition to Whole Foods, Ripe prides itself on refraining from pasteurizing its juices, opting to put them under immense pressure for sanitization instead. This might be the secret to their great taste or, perhaps, it’s the proportions of their ingredients and their use of orange juice to compliment the limes. Regardless, whatever it is, this mix tastes fantastic. Sweet enough to balance out Tanteo’s heat, it still manages to convey the individual flavors of the fruits.

   Ripe Margarita Mix      Ingredients: filtered water, cold-pressed Persian lime juice, cold-pressed Valencia and/or Hamlin orange juice, 100% organic agave nectar

Ripe Margarita Mix

Ingredients: filtered water, cold-pressed Persian lime juice, cold-pressed Valencia and/or Hamlin orange juice, 100% organic agave nectar

A new addition to Whole Foods, Ripe prides itself on refraining from pasteurizing its juices, opting to put them under immense pressure for sanitization instead. This might be the secret to their great taste or, perhaps, it’s the proportions of their ingredients and their use of orange juice to compliment the limes. Regardless, whatever it is, this mix tastes fantastic. Sweet enough to balance out Tanteo’s heat, it still manages to convey the individual flavors of the fruits.

   Natalie's Orchid Island Juice Company      Ingredients: fresh limes, water, and Florida cane sugar

Natalie's Orchid Island Juice Company

Ingredients: fresh limes, water, and Florida cane sugar

A bit sweeter than the other two premixed products, Natalie’s tastes like the best limeade you’ve ever had. Use of only three ingredients makes it the simplest of the fully mixed options, and the brand has substituted Florida cane sugar for agave which gives the mix a lighter color and cleaner flavor profile.  

   Industry Cold Pressed Lime Juice      Ingredients: 100% lime juice

Industry Cold Pressed Lime Juice

Ingredients: 100% lime juice

So, you still need to add agave nectar, but this is an easy way to skip the lime squeezing while still using fresh ingredients. I used this last two weeks ago for Aspen Food and Wine and it made making margaritas for 75 guests a breeze. The ease of use and quality of this one has made me question all the hours of lime pressing over the years - plus a 90 day shelf life! This is the closest to the real thing out there.

  Fresh Pressed Lime Juice    Ingredients: 100% Lime Juice

Fresh Pressed Lime Juice

Ingredients: 100% Lime Juice

If you have the time and energy, it is still hard to beat the real thing. Especially for a small group, it is actually quite easy (and cost effective) to press your own lime juice. The key is prep - press as many as you need for the party, maybe with a gadget like this one, and store in an airtight container the juice will keep for a day. To make the process even more efficient, roll your limes. Five seconds being rolled on the counter breaks down a lot of the cells inside the fruit and makes it easier to squeeze.

At the end of the day, there are a lot of bad margarita mixes out there, but a fair amount of good ones as well. They work great for big events or when you don’t want to take the extra time to squeeze.

Cheers,

Tanteo Team