Classic Margarita Recipe |

The Margarita is a traditional for a cause! Just three elements—tequila, orange liqueur, and lime juice. Salted rim non-compulsory.


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The traditional margarita has a the Aristocracy that’s expressed by its simplicity—tequila, orange liqueur for sweetness, and tart lime juice.

Just three elements, harmoniously mixed and completely balanced.

This is a cocktail recipe that it is best to memorize because it’s really easy to whip up at impromptu dinner events, summer season BBQs, or while you want a reminder of sunshine in the course of winter.

I extremely suggest utilizing solely good-quality tequila to make your margaritas. With solely three elements within the cocktail, a nasty tequila will lead to an equally dangerous margarita.

Classic Margarita

Look for bottles with labels that say “100% de agave,” which implies the tequila is distilled solely from Mexican blue agave crops. Cheap tequilas are sometimes minimize with alcohol constructed from corn or sugar cane, leading to a tequila that tastes flat and burns on the way in which down.

In addition, good-quality tequila is aged in oak barrels for two to 12 months, which provides it nuanced flavors. Blanco tequila (additionally referred to as plato or silver) is aged for two months, reposado for two to 11 months, and añejo for 12 or extra months.

Classic Margarita

You can serve this cocktail with salt, or not. Straight, or over the rocks. That half is as much as you!

Classic Margarita Recipe


Buy tequila marked “100% de agave and that has been aged for at the least 2 months.

Try any of those variations on the essential margarita:

  • Reposado or Añejo Margarita – Having aged longer in oak barrels these tequilas are darker in colour and show extra advanced flavors and aromas. Using them in a margarita could be an eye-opening expertise.
  • Mezcal Margarita – Swap out tequila for mezcal, tequila’s smokier, wilder-in-flavor cousin.
  • Spicy Margarita – Add a number of slices of jalapeno to the cocktail shaker so as to add a bit of warmth.
  • Pineapple Margarita – Swap out the orange liqueur for pineapple juice.


  • 1 half blanco tequila (additionally referred to as plato or silver tequila)
  • 1 ounce orange liqueur, comparable to Triple Sec, Cointreau, or Grand-Marnier
  • half ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • Plenty of kosher or flake salt for glass, non-compulsory (don’t use iodized salt)
  • Ice cubes, non-compulsory
  • Lime wedges for garnish, non-compulsory


1 Salt your glass (non-compulsory): Pour some kosher salt into a large bowl or small dish. Take a wedge of lime and generously rub it across the rim of your glass. Dip the rim into the salt.

Fill the glass with some contemporary ice and put aside. (Skip the ice when you like your margarita straight up.)

2 Make the cocktail: Place the tequila, orange liqueur, and lime juice in a cocktail shaker crammed with ice. Shake for 10 seconds, after which pressure right into a ready cocktail glass. Garnish with a lemon wedge if desired.

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Garrett McCord

Garrett McCord is knowledgeable author and recipe developer whose work has appeared in lots of print and on-line publications comparable to Gourmet Live, Saveur, Huffington Post, Smithsonian, and NPR. Past shoppers additionally embody quite a few meals firms, wineries, and distilleries. Garrett writes about cocktails on his web site, Coupe de Grace.

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