Classic Margarita Recipe

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Classic Margarita Recipe

Like all classic cocktails, simplicity is best, and nothing sums that up better than the Classic Margarita. As always with simple preparations, the quality of ingredients truly matters. To make the best Classic Margarita, the lime juice needs to be fresh; the tequila should be of good quality so that it's smooth, not harsh; and the triple sec should be balanced and smooth - Cointreau is the traditional choice, and a good one. It’s surprisingly easy to whip up the perfect Margarita with just those three ingredients (and of course, the salt) and have yourself a delicious and satisfying bev in no time.

It’s hard to pinpoint the exact origins of the Margarita, but some claim it was invented at a bar in Juárez, Mexico, in 1942. It certainly seems to be a descendent of other classic cocktails at the time, such as The Sidecar and The Daisy. Either way, the unique taste of this classic drink has been loved for generations and is sure to transport you to a sunny Mexican beach in no time.

Prep time: 2 Minutes

Nutrition: 300 Calories

Servings: 2


  • 1 lime wedge, plus 2 lime wheels for garnish
  • 1 tablespoon coarse salt, for glass rims
  • 4 ounces (120ml) high-quality blanco tequila 
  • 2 ounces (60ml) triple sec, such as Cointreau
  • 1 1/2 ounces (45ml) fresh juice from 2 limes


  1. Run lime wedge around the outer rims of 2 rocks glasses and dip rims in salt. Set aside.
  2. In a cocktail shaker, combine tequila, Cointreau, and lime juice. Fill with ice and shake until thoroughly chilled, about 15 seconds (the bottom of a metal shaker should frost over).
  3. Fill glasses with fresh ice and strain margarita into both glasses. Garnish with lime wheels and serve.

Category: Drinks | Cuisine: Mexican