From frosé to White Claw slushies, it’s no secret that summer’s signature cocktail changes from year to year. But one libation stands the test of time: the margarita. While making one from scratch is a total cinch, we can’t overlook the convenience of bottled margarita mix. Whether you’re pressed for time, shaking up drinks for a crowd or feeling plain lazy, just-add-tequila mixers can really save the day. But they aren’t all created equal—so, we set out to find the best margarita mix on the market.
The perfect margarita is 1) citrusy, 2) balanced without being too sweet and 3) mind-blowingly refreshing, thanks to a mix of tequila, triple sec, lime juice and often, a bit of agave, sugar or simple syrup. We rated each mix’s flavor with those essential checkboxes in mind, as well as their ingredients, cost and versatility. Read on for our favorites.