Jose Cuervo Margarita Mix Review (Just Add Tequila)


In this Jose Cuervo Margarita Mix review, we’ll talk about how it fares in the store-bought margarita mix category of products. Jose Cuervo, a classic brand in the tequila and margarita space, offers many different mixes so that you can make easy margaritas at home by just adding tequila. But does it offer the tart, refreshing flavor of a classic margarita?

Jose cuervo margarita mix and tequila in a glass with lime garnish and a bottle of jose cuervo margarita mix in the background.
Read on for our Jose Cuervo Margarita Mix review.

We Tried the Jose Cuervo Margarita Mix

Jose Cuervo Lime Margarita Mix is one of the most popular margarita mixes out there, and for some, this is their go-to margarita mix.

Although nothing beats a fresh, homemade margarita, Suzy and I also love to try all the margarita products on the market. Margarita mixes are great to use at home when you want something super simple. These are also great for making drinks for a crowd.

Related: Cutwater Canned Tequila Margarita Review

The Jose Cuervo Classic Lime Margarita Mix is easy to find in stores and a decent price point. But flavor really does matter and we’ll help you decide if this is worth your money.

Like most margarita mixes, you just need to add tequila. Read on to see how this mix stacks up against the rest. When reviewing a mix we like to judge it on the overall flavor, how much it tastes like a classic homemade margarita and a few other factors (like how easy it is to find and how much it costs).

OUR QUALIFICATIONS: Sharon has been writing about and creating cocktail recipes for almost 10 years now. Together, Suzy and Sharon have an immense love of tequila and margaritas and have tasted SO many. We aren’t mixologists but feel like we bring the experience of different palates with the common goal of finding delicious products to share with you.

Jose Cuervo Company Info

Jose Cuervo is totally iconic with 225 years of Mexican tequila craftsmanship under its belt. In 1795, they were among the first to commercially produce tequila, making José Cuervo one of the earliest legally recognized tequila distilleries. They were also among the first to produce 100% blue agave tequila.

The brand offers a wide range of tequila and margarita products that you can find around the world.

They offer an immersive experience in its Jalisco, Mexico distillery. It also offers various guest experiences, such as observing tequila production, educational tours, tequila tasting, and even visiting the agave fields.

About Jose Cuervo Margarita Mix

Margarita in a glass with lime garnish and salt rim and a bottle of Jose Cuervo margarita mix in the background.


Jose Cuervo Classic Margarita Mix starts at $5.99 for a 1.75L bottle and goes up from there and depends on where you buy it from.

There are 15 servings per bottle which is $2.50 per serving plus the cost of the tequila (the cost of which will vary wildly depending on which you choose).

It’s an affordable choice for people who want to do away with extensive preparation and additional ingredients.

For the price, it does a good job of balancing the taste, quality, and convenience. Plus, you get a good amount of product for the cost.


Here is a complete list of the margarita mix ingredients: Water, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Citric Acid, Sodium Citrate, Natural Flavors, Sodium Benzoate and Potassium Sorbate (as Preservatives), Gum Acacia, CMC Gum, Saib, Polysorbate 60, Yellow 5 (food coloring).

It has 0% juice but has 24g of sugar. It also contains 55mg of sodium and 4g carbohydrates. The total calories per serving size of 120ml or 4 fl. oz. is 110 calories.

If you are watching your calorie or sugar intake you may want to make a skinny margarita instead.


Jose Cuervo Margarita Mixes come in five non-alcoholic variants: Classic Lime, Classic Lime Light, Strawberry Lime, Mango Mix, and Pineapple Mix. We have only tried the Classic Lime.

Alcohol Content

The Jose Cuervo Classic Lime Margarita Mix has 0% alcohol since it is a mix and designed to be made at home.

Packaging and Presentation

The bottles of Jose Cuervo’s margarita mixes are transparent and let you see the lime green color. The label feels like a vacation and is visually appealing and eye-catching. It has punchy bold colors. You will instantly notice it on the shelf.

The packaging gives off fun and ready-to-party vibes. 

How to Use Jose Cuervo Margarita Mix

Jose Cuervo Tradicional tequila with Jose Cuervo margarita mix, a fresh slice of lime and margarita salt on a counter.

This is the recipe from the back of the margarita mix bottle:


Jose Cuervo margarita mix in a jigger and poured into a cocktail glass with a salt rim.
  1. Rim the glass with a margarita salt rim.
  2. Add ice to the serving glass (or you can use a traditional margarita glass).
  3. Add the tequila and margarita mix to the glass with a jigger.
  4. Give it a stir with a bar spoon.
  5. Garnish with a slice of lime.

Tip: If you want to make sure it’s nice and cold you can mix the tequila and mix with ice in a shaker and strain over the ice in your serving glass.

Tasting Notes

A woman squeezing a lime over a glass of margarita with salt rim.

We were pleasantly surprised by this one. The tangy flavor was evident on the first sip, and we liked its smooth flavor. 

We both agreed that the Jose Cuervo margarita mix is flavorful. It has the aroma of pressed lime peel with a sweet orange finish. However, we also both agreed that there is a bit of artificial taste to it that overpowers the lime flavor. 

Suzy wanted more tartness, so we added a squeeze of fresh lime juice, which made the mix even better! The added acidity blended perfectly with the smooth finish.

We used 2 ounces of tequila because our favorite classic margarita uses 2 ounces. However, if you don’t like it as boozy as we do, you can follow the recipe or dial down the alcohol further. 

Suzy likes her margarita on the sweeter side, so she liked the sweetness of the margarita mix. On the other hand, I prefer tart and natural flavors, so it was just okay for me. When we added the tequila and lime, I liked it a lot better. Also, doing a salt rim was a nice counter point.

Where to Buy

You can buy Jose Cuervo Margarita Mix online through the official online shop and other online retailers. You can also buy it at your local liquor stores and grocery stores. This product is not hard to find. If you need help locating a store near you, you can check out their store locator.

Overall Rating and Conclusion

We are giving this a 3 out of 5 rating. Nothing really beats freshly made tequila because of the potent flavors of fresh lime and orange liqueur, but this is a convenient option that is packed with flavor if you need something quick and easy.

It is affordably priced for the amount you get. It’s flavorful, easy to find and buy, and can be a quick fix to your margarita cravings. All in all, we say it was a good experience.

Have you tried it? Let us know in the comments.

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