Total Time:
10 min
5 min
5 min

1 serving

  • Ice cubes
  • 3 ounces tequila
  • 2 ounces freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 ounce Simple Syrup, recipe follows
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon orange liqueur
  • 1 tablespoon Lime-salt-sugar, recipe follows
  • Simple Syrup:
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • Lime-salt-sugar:
  • Zest of one lime
  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons sugar

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add tequila, lime juice, Simple Syrup and orange liqueur. Cover and shake until mixed and chilled, about 30 seconds. (In general, the drink is ready by the time the shaker mists up.) Place Lime-salt-sugar on a plate. Press the rim of a chilled rocks or wine glass into the mixture to rim the edge. Strain margarita into the glass.

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Simple Syrup:

Put the sugar and water in a small saucepan. Cook over low heat, stirring, until the sugar dissolves. (Alternatively, heat in the microwave.) Store in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 1 month.

Yield: about 1 1/2 cups


Blend together lime, salt and sugar in a small blender or mini food chopper.

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Really great margaritas! I tried authentic margaritas, tequila, orange liqueur (Patron) and fresh squeezed lime juice and both my husband and I agreed we like them a touch sweet. So, we tried this recipe adding the simple syrup and we agree it is a winner! Although, these really pack a punch! Sip slowly! item not reviewed by moderator and published
purist.....shmurist......this thing is awesome!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Tasty, but not traditional. I prefer a simple tequila-lime juice-triple sec recipe, which is easier and more akin to what you'll get in most Mexican restaurants. This one has worked well for me: item not reviewed by moderator and published
I used Grand Marnier, and made my simple syrup with brown sugar for the bit of extra Caribbean-y molasses flavor. I also substituted a small shake of salt straight into the cup instead of rimming since I'm lazy but I like the sweet/salty/sour combination. I agree with previous posters about how strong this stuff is - I consider half this recipe to be a single drink. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is delicious. as someone before me mentioned, it definitely will knock you on your butt, though. I'm a pretty big guy with a high tolerance and I started feeling it pretty quickly after my first one. I did want to add however, that the orange liqueur is very interchangable with any sort of juice to tone it down a bit. My girlfriend enjoys tropical drinks, and pineapple juice adds a great touch. I would stick to citrusy juices for the most part, but I did enjoy a blueberry pomegranate juice we happened to have at the time. Just a splash though, or you'll ruin it! We've experimented with multiple juices and haven't found a bad one yet! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Hands down the best margarita recipe I've tried. You'll never use mix again. We use Cointreau as our orange liquor and buy pre made simple syrup. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Excellent recipe but we cut it with water. I used Grand Marnier. Careful. This stuff will knock you on your butt. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I didn't have triple sec/Cointreau so I used orange juice instead. I would highly recommend that substitution for lightweights, the margarita was still quite strong without tasting too alcoholic! Great recipe! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I just made these...used triple sec. Dangerously good. item not reviewed by moderator and published
One of the best recipes I've come across & a great way to utilize freshly squeezed lime juice. For the orange liquer I used Patron Citronage & tequila used was Jimador reposado, made this in my cocktail shaker & poured into a martini glass minus the sugar/salt rimming. Delish! item not reviewed by moderator and published

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