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Best tequila for margaritas

Classic Margarita Recipe


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 drink 1x

Description

Here’s how to make the classic margarita recipe! It’s easy with just 3 ingredients: tequila, lime, and orange liqueur.


Ingredients

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  • 1 ½ ounces tequila blanco or reposado*
  • 1 ounce Cointreau or Triple Sec
  • ¾ ounce fresh lime juice
  • Kosher salt or flaky sea salt, for the rim
  • Lime wedge, for the garnish

Instructions

  1. Cut a notch in a lime wedge, then run the lime around the rim of a glass. Dip the edge of the rim into a plate of salt. 
  2. Place all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with 4 ice cubes and shake until cold.
  3. Strain the margarita into the glass with the salted rim. Fill the glass with ice and serve.
  4. For a margarita pitcher (8 servings): Place 1 ½ cups tequila, 1 cup Cointreau or Triple Sec, and ¾ cup lime juice in a pitcher. Add 3 handfuls ice and stir until cold. Pour into the prepared glasses. 

Notes

  1. For a spicy variation, add 3 to 4 jalapeno pepper slices to the cocktail shaker, or go to Jalapeno Margarita.
  2. For a smoky variation, replace half the tequila with Mezcal, or go to Mezcal Margarita.
  3. For a frozen variation, go to Frozen Margarita
  4. For a virgin variation, go to Virgin Margarita.
  5. For fruity variations, go to Pineapple Margarita, Strawberry Margarita, Mango Margarita, or these 25 Margarita Recipes.
  • Category: Cocktail
  • Method: Shaken
  • Cuisine: Cocktail
  • Diet: Vegan