Classic Margarita recipe

Tequila, orange liqueur, lime: The perfect margarita is all about fresh, crispy flavors. After testing all conditions, this is the one we reach.

Why it works

  • A good quality tequila does not need sugar, beyond what is in triples, to balance the acidity of lime juice.
  • Cointreau provides a balanced, smooth margarita without taking away from the tequila.
  • Prepares 2 drinks
  • 5 minutes
  • 5 minutes


  • 1 lime wedge plus 2 lime wheels for garnish
  • 1 tablespoon coarse salt for glass rims
  • 4 ounces (120 ml) of high quality blanco tequila (see note)
  • 2 ounces (60 ml) of Cointreau
  • 1 1/2 ounces (45 ml) of fresh juice from 2 limes


  1. First

    Run the lime wedge around the outer rims of 2 stone glass and dip the rims in salt. Set aside.

  2. 2nd

    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 be frosted).

  3. Third

    Fill glass with fresh ice and strain margarita in both glasses. Ornament with lime wheel and server.

special equipment

Cocktail shaker, cocktail strainer


This recipe works best with a high quality tequila. If using a budget brand that is a bit harsh, switch proportions for Cointreau and lime juice and add 1/4 ounce of simple syrup to each drink.

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