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Simple margarita recipe

Margarita (With Any Orange Liqueur!)

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


The best margarita recipe! Here’s how to make a classic margarita on the rocks with 3 simple ingredients: lime, Cointreau and tequila (no added sugar!).


  • 1 1/2 ounces tequila blanco or reposado
  • 1 ounce orange liqueur: Cointreau, Grand Marnier, or high quality Triple Sec or Orange Curacao*
  • 3/4 ounce (1 1/2 tablespoons) fresh lime juice
  • Kosher salt or flaky sea salt, for the rim
  • For the garnish: Lime wedge


  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 (or for a festive look, use our Margarita 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.


*Look for the highest quality Triple Sec or Orange Curacao you can find (go for a mid-priced or higher priced option). The best everyday option is Cointreau, which is used in many other cocktails. Or for a high-end option use Grand Marnier, a top shelf blend of Cognac and Triple Sec. 

  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Shaken
  • Cuisine: Cocktails

Keywords: Orange Liqueur