How to Make a Margarita on the Rocks

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The perfect margarita on the rocks is often a matter of taste. From the tequila to the orange liqueur and the inclusion of salt, there are several variables. Experiment with different styles or tequila or substitute a different flavor of liqueur to get just the right mix. But don't forget the fresh limes.

How to Make a Margarita on the Rocks
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Things You'll Need

  • Cocktail shaker
  • Tequila
  • Orange liqueur
  • Limes
  • Lemon or lemon juice, optional
  • Margarita salt
Step 1

Wet the rim of the glass, turn it upside down and dip it in the margarita salt. Avoid getting the salt inside the glass. Put 4 or 5 ice cubes in the glass and set it aside.

How to Make a Margarita on the Rocks
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Step 2

Add 5 or 6 ice cubes to the cocktail shaker. Pour in 2 ounces of tequila and 1 ounce of orange liqueur.

How to Make a Margarita on the Rocks
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Step 3

Squeeze the limes and pour 1 ounce of juice into the shaker. If you like your margarita a little sweeter, add a spoonful of sugar or a bit of simple syrup.

How to Make a Margarita on the Rocks
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Step 4

Pour in a dash of lemon juice if you like. Give the drink a few good shakes to mix the flavor.

How to Make a Margarita on the Rocks
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Step 5

Strain the drink into your glass and serve with a wedge of lime.

How to Make a Margarita on the Rocks
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Tips & Warnings

  • Always drink responsibly.
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