Jimmy Buffett shares his margarita recipe

Homemade classic margaritas in short glasses

If there’s one thing musician Jimmy Buffett knows, it’s margaritas. Of course, he’s also super well-versed on cheeseburgers, how to relax on a beach and how to rock a floral shirt like no one else.

However, there are few people who I would rather take margarita advice from than the “Margaritaville” man himself.

Luckily, Buffett not only knows the secret to the perfect margarita, but also the importance of sharing it with fellow margarita lovers.

He recently shared his recipe with InStyle and let’s just say I now know the only way I am making margaritas from now on. And if anyone needs a taste tester for their Buffett margaritas, I’m totally game.


What was once just a song about wasting away time drinking margaritas and looking for salt shakers has morphed into a chain of restaurants, a (now closed) Broadway musical, resorts and even a retirement home (for which I am seriously already saving up money). According to the Latitude Margaritaville website, there will be beachy locations for retirees in Daytona Beach, Florida; Hilton Head, South Carolina; and Watersound, Florida.

Latitude Margaritaville

Ironically, however, as synonymous as Buffett is to margaritas, the “Margaritaville” song that started it all was written in only five minutes. Buffett said that when he wrote it, no one really even cared about the ingredients in the margarita.

“[I]t’s actually funny to me that everyone is so worried about the pedigree of the tequila they drink now,” he told InStyle. “The thing is, you really can’t take the margarita too seriously — it’s not a science project. The whole point of the drink is just to disguise the taste of tequila.”

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Today, the 71-year-old musician said margaritas tend to be too sweet for him, but he occasionally drinks one on the rocks with no salt.

He’s had great ones and bad ones, but the very best margarita?

“That will always be the one that somebody else buys for you,” he joked.

Yep, that sounds about right!

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Getty Images | Joe Scarnici

While you’ll have to buy the ingredients to make Buffett’s signature margarita yourself, take a look at the recipe that he shared with InStyle below and you’ll see it is totally worth it.

Jimmy Buffett’s Signature Margarita

1 oz. Margaritaville Tequila Gold

1/2 oz. Margaritaville Tequila Silver

1/2 oz. triple sec

1/2 oz. orange curaçao

1/2 oz. lime juice

2 lime wedges

Rim margarita glass with salt (optional). Combine ingredients in a shaker filled with ice. Squeeze lime on top, then drop wedges in. Cover, shake vigorously and pour.

margaritaville photo
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Will you be making Jimmy Buffett’s signature margarita the next time you’ve craving one?

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