ounces Tequila (Reposado gives the best flavor, but any will do)
ounce Triple Sec (Look for Cointreau, or any orange-flavored liqueur)
teaspoons Superfine sugar
Get your glasses ready before you start mixing the margarita. Use a lime wedge to wipe around the rim of the glass, and dip the glass into a saucer of salt.
Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker, and tip in a cup of ice. Cover and shake for a few seconds. Pour margarita into the prepared glass over ice.
- Mix in blended fruit or other juices to change the flavor and color of your margarita. Strawberry margarita: Substitute the fresh lime juice for 1 1/2 oz of limeade, and add a handful of strawberries into the mix. Use frozen strawberries and mix ingredients in a blender to create a frozen strawberry margarita. Blue margarita: Use blue curaçao in place of triple sec to create a blue margarita cocktail with a very similar taste.
Serving Size: 1 Serving
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0 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 0 Fat;
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
How to Make the Perfect Margarita
It's a classic you'll go back to time and time again.
Great for batch cocktails or a summer sip, the margarita is versatile, delicious, and multi-seasonal. The history of the margarita is an ambiguous one, with origin stories based in old Hollywood favorites like Rita Hayworth (whose real name was Margarita Cansino) and Peggy Lee. Another folktale imagines Texas socialite Margaret Sames (hence "margarita") stirring up the beverage for friends in 1940's Acapulco. Whatever the legend, the margarita has been embossed in the cocktail hall of fame since, and has been the choice drink of such celebs as Real Housewives of New York star Bethenny Frankel, and Beatnik Jack Kerouac.
Whether you're toasting at a summer barbecue or mixing up a batch for Cinco de Mayo festivities, the classic margarita is easy to make and is always a crowd pleaser. Made with tequila, lime juice, Cointreau or Triple Sec, and is traditionally served with a salted rim, the margarita is sure to please season after season.
For a fool proof method and a refreshing drink every time, here's the recipe for a classic margarita, in 3 easy steps.
What's the Best Tequila for Margaritas?
I highly recommend using only good-quality tequila to make your margaritas. With only three ingredients in the cocktail, a bad tequila will result in an equally bad margarita.
Look for bottles with labels that say “100% de agave,” which means the tequila is distilled only from Mexican blue agave plants. Cheap tequilas are often cut with alcohol made from corn or sugar cane, resulting in a tequila that tastes flat and burns on the way down.
In addition, good-quality tequila is aged in oak barrels for 2 to 12 months, which gives it nuanced flavors. Blanco tequila (also called plato or silver) is aged for 2 months, reposado for 2 to 11 months, and añejo for 12 or more months.
You can serve this cocktail with salt, or not. Straight, or over the rocks. That part is up to you!
How to Make a Classic Margarita
The classic garnish for a margarita is a salt rim. To achieve this for a crowd, fill a saucer with lime juice, water, or a mix of the two. Fill a second saucer with kosher salt or coarse sea salt. If youɽ like, you can add lime zest, chili powder, or other seasonings to the salt. If you're adding spices, mix no more than one part spice to three parts salt.
I prefer a rocks glass for a classic margarita, but use a margarita glass if you must. If you're prepping several margaritas, turn your glass upside-down, place it in the saucer of lime juice at an angle, and turn the cup so that just the outside lip of the glass is wetted by the lime and water mixture. Immediately place the rim of the glass flat into the saucer of salt, then lift, turn the glass right-side-up, set aside, and repeat with remaining glasses. It's important to moisten just the outside of the glass so that you don't get salt inside the glass, which can throw off the flavors of the drink.
Just making one or two drinks? Run a halved juicy lime just around the outside rim of your glasses and then dip into the saucer of salt.
A Cocktail Party Guide for Beginners
For each margarita, add 2 ounces tequila, 1 ounce high-quality orange liqueur (such as Cointreau or Triple Sec), and 1 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice.
Fill the cocktail shaker the rest of the way with ice—and please make sure those ice cubes are fresh! Affix the top of your cocktail shaker and shake until the outside of the shaker is frosty—it should just feel like the shaker is getting to a point where it will be too cold for you to handle.
Taking care not to mar the salt rim, fill cocktail glasses to the top with more fresh ice cubes.
Divide the margaritas evenly among your glasses. For an extra flourish, you can float a cross-section of lime (aka a lime wheel) on top of the drink—or even pop in a paper umbrella. But honestly, when you're drinking margaritas this good, paper umbrellas will probably just get in the way.
You will need: tequila, agua de jamaica, simple syrup, lime juice
Agua de jamaica, what is that? Quite simply, it's hibiscus-flavored water and it's easy to make at home. Whether you pull the blooms off your own (non-chemically treated) hibiscus plant or pick some up at the market, you'll find it to be a lovely ingredient.
The flower water is the only real flavoring in this Jamaica margarita recipe. It's extremely delicate and that means you really need to choose the tequila wisely. Consider this a great excuse for upgrading (even just a little bit) from your standard tequila and the drink will be fabulous.