How to make your own version of Applebees margarita, with tips for making a homemade sweet and sour mix too!
If you are a margarita lover, you’ll know there are dozens of variations of this classic cocktail. Some are rather mediocre, whereas some are unforgettable.
Applebee’s Perfect Margarita is literally just that - perfect! The proportions of alcohol and mixers are just right, creating a strong, yet flavorful margarita that somehow manages to taste salty, sweet, bitter and sour... all at once!
This recipe calls for sweet/sour mix, which is easy to buy, but even better if made at home. If you are planning on hosting a party, or making large batches of margaritas, we definitely recommend taking the time to make your own mix.
This recipe for sweet/sour mix can be kept for up to a week, and makes eight cups:
3 cups water
3 cups granulated sugar
2 cups fresh lemon juice
2 cups fresh lime juice
- Add the water and sugar to a large saucepan. Over medium heat, stir until the sugar has dissolved.
- Bring to the boil, until the mixture has thickened.
- Allow the syrup (this is simple syrup) to cool for about fifteen minutes.
- In a large pitcher add the syrup and lemon and lime juices, mix well.
If you do make your own sweet/sour mix, you will not need to use the simple syrup/sugar as suggested in the margarita recipe, as you will probably find it too sweet.
While you can use any tequila of your choice, the oaky aged flavor of the 1800 Reposado Tequila helps create this quality margarita.
We find it contains hints of smokiness blended with buttery caramel, which the silver tequilas that are normally found in margaritas do not offer. Give it a try - especially for this recipe!
The darker colour of this tequila also helps create the ‘perfect’ margarita.