How to Mix a Good Margarita


The key to mixing a deliciously refreshing margarita is simplicity. The famous drink is far-too-often over-sweetened with sugary syrups and mixes that greatly overpower the foundation of the margarita, tequila. Clear tequila, fresh-squeezed key lime juice, orange liqueur, such as triple sec or Cointreau, a little bit of sugar and plenty of ice are all it takes to create a classic margarita. This basic recipe is perfect for your next get-together, and it can be easily personalized to your specific tastes.

Things You'll Need

  • 2 oz. blanco, silver or reposado tequila
  • 1 oz. triple sec/orange liqueur
  • 1 oz. key lime juice
  • Sugar
  • Kosher salt
  • Lime wedge
  • Ice
  • Shaking tin
  • Margarita glass
  • Prepare your margarita glass by rimming it with kosher salt, then filling it with ice.

  • Juice limes to produce 1 oz. of fresh juice. Add lime juice, tequila, triple sec/orange liqueur and a spoonful of sugar to a shaker tin filled halfway with ice.

  • Shake and strain into the margarita glass. Garnish with a wedge of lime.

Tips & Warnings

  • For a more authentic margarita, use agave nectar, a natural Mexican sweetener that may be used in the place of sugar.
  • Unless you are a tequila aficionado, there is no need to make margaritas with very expensive tequila. The mix of sweet and sour tastes help to disguise the taste of tequila.
  • Using a "gold" tequila, such as Jose Cuervo, is not recommended. It often makes the drink too sweet due to the added caramel.

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