This Simple Ingredient Can Take Your Margarita To The Next Level

Just because it's fall doesn't mean you have to stop enjoying a good margarita. Tequila and a little citrus and salt are deliciously refreshing any time of year. And when you think of a classic margarita, it's only got a few key players, right? Lime, triple sec, tequila, and some salt or sugar on the rim (according to All Recipes, anyway).

Of course, there are also tons of different flavors, styles, and variations of margaritas, often changing depending on where you're ordering or if you have the freedom to make some at home. The Spruce Eats actually has 21 different margarita flavors for you to experiment with. And in the spirit of keeping an open mind — especially when it comes to enjoying your favorite libation — we're asking you to trust us when we say switching up your typical margarita order can totally change your life for the better.

It all comes down to adding one simple ingredient that will transform the way you look at margaritas forever. The best part? You probably have it sitting in your fridge right now. If not, it's just a matter of picking it up on your next grocery run.

How orange juice can take your margarita to the next level

In a recent article by the Daily Meal, the topic of adding orange juice to your margarita is discussed in great detail. We know how it sounds at first — sort of weird and something you can't quite picture. Then again, if you've seen or tasted a tequila sunrise, the concept might not seem so far-fetched.

The Daily Meal tells readers that OJ is great for adding some sweetness and a thicker consistency to your margarita. The smooth, sweet breakfast beverage is perfect for combatting the sometimes too-tart flavor of lime, triple sec, and tequila, and makes the drink a bit sweeter.

If this sounds appealing to you, rest assured it's just the beginning of your new margarita journey. Taste of Home suggests switching up the citrus in your margarita with not only orange juice, but lemon juice, grapefruit juice, blood orange juice, or tangerine juice. Counteract any extra tartness (if you choose lemon juice, for example) with an even sweeter mixer like agave nectar.