Classic Margaritas

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Classic Margaritas

There are almost as many recipes for margaritas are there are aficionados of tequila. You’ll find them served up, blended with ice or made with a variety of fruits such as watermelon or mango. Today, on National Margarita day, we’re sharing a classic version of the drink. If you’ve only tried the drink made with sweet-and-sour mix, you’ll be astounded at how much better the drink is made with freshly squeezed lime juice.


Classic Margaritas




  • Coarse sea salt for the glasses
  • 1 lime wedge
  • 3 oz. (90 ml) white tequila
  • 1 oz. (30 ml) Cointreau or triple sec
  • 1 oz. (30 ml) fresh lime juice
  • 2 lime wheels for garnish (optional)




1. Spread the salt on a small plate. Moisten the rims of two small tumblers or two margarita glasses with the lime wedge. One at a time, invert the glasses onto the plate to coat the rims, then shake off any excess salt. Fill the glasses with ice.


2. In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine the tequila, Cointreau and lime juice. Shake vigorously for 15 seconds. Strain into the prepared glasses and garnish each glass with a lime wheel. Serve immediately. Makes 2 drinks.


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