Margarita

Total Time:
10 min
Prep:
5 min
Cook:
5 min

Yield:
1 serving
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 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
Directions

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

Lime-salt-sugar:

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: http://liquor.com/recipes/margarita/ 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
Good recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Really good but really potent. The lime-sugar-salt rim mixture is a nice touch. I've tried different orange flavored liquors & it's definitely best with Grand Marnier (by a long shot. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is a great authentic margarita. Exactly what I was looking for and simple to make. I skipped the lime-sugar-salt mix and just rimmed the glass with kosher salt. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Pretty good for a basic margarita recipe, and easy to make. I used agave nectar instead of simple syrup to make it even easier. I think next time I'd add a little more lime juice and a little less agave nectar - a tad on the sweet side for me. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Delicious! My husband declared it the best margarita he's ever had. I made my own sour mix which makes a huge difference in any drink calling for sour mix, but otherwise followed the recipe exactly. item not reviewed by moderator and published
So fresh and the perfect balance of sweet and sour. We have a key lime tree in our yard and used fresh key lime juice. Also, Bobby Flay had recommended El Tesoro brand in his Smoky Margarita recipe so we splurged on using that. It did not taste too strong, but it definitely just the right kick. Made these a few times now and is a go-to from now on. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I think this mix is a little too basic. There are many, many "mixology" variables and this one is a good starting point, but it needs something to make it special. And this is best left to experience. For those of you starting out with this recipe, try different tequilas (for example, try Sammy Hagar's Espolon, lower price, but great flavor). Try using agave nectar as a sweetener (usually available at a natural foods grocery or even some main-stream grocery's). It adds flavor! Try 'on the rocks' vs. creamed. Use a blender to cream the 'mix' with ice to give a smoothie-like consistency. Try adding different orange liquor brands, or skipping it all together. Basically, don't be disheartened with this recipe. Just start somewhere and listen to your pallet. It will guide you. Learn the basics and adjust then until you find 'paradiso'. Best of luck! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Let me tell you I'm not a lightweight and like my drinks strong but this was WAY too much tequila. I thought maybe I made it wrong but I couldn't stomach the tequila taste. I watered it down with some triple sec and orange juice, then it was palatable. Not for me :( item not reviewed by moderator and published
Now that we're living in the Southwest I thought it appropriate that I find an authentic Margarita recipe. This is it! Delicious and worth the extra effort on all fronts. I call them my 3-2-1 Margaritas because of the ingredients. Muy bueno! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Terrific and reliable recipe. In addition...whoever selected the thin glasses shown in the photo...another success. The thin glasses show in the photo are also terrific! Thanks! Annie , Fremont , CA item not reviewed by moderator and published
I am a weakling when it comes to liquor, so I was concerned initially that this cocktail would taste too strongly of alcohol for me. My concerns went out the window when I tasted it. I used Cazadores blanco and (a bit more than the recommended amount of Cointreau. The taste of the tequila was well balanced by the tartness and sweetness of the margarita, but I did not notice any benefit to including lime zest in the rim coating. It was delicious, and I can see these causing trouble for me at parties. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Add a splash of orange juice and the margaritas are sublime! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is a very good simple margarita recipe. Try it, you won`t be disappointed. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is a fantastic margarita recipe that rivals the best I have ever had when dining out. The key, however, is that I used Cointreau (pronounced KWAN' tro) which is a particular brand of organge flavored liqeur. It's a key ingredient to any authentic margarita, so don't skimp here. Also, I bought one of those inexpensive wood handle juicers and juiced 25 limes for real lime juice. It didn't take too much time and it was worth it. I wouldn't use bottled unless you get pure lime juice with no additives or preservatives. Finally, the salt/sugar/lime on the glass rim is a must, too, as it was a nice contract to the sweet/tart/citrus taste of the margarita itself. A WOW recipe, keeper for sure. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is simply the most authentic margarita I have ever had. If you want to change it up a bit, try adding a small amount of grapefruit or orange juice with the lime juice. item not reviewed by moderator and published
The better the tequila, the better this margarita. We liked the salt-sugar lime rimmed glasses, but will only rim half the glass next time. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I USED 1800 SILVER AND GRAND MARNIER, THE 3 GALLONS I MADE FOR MY PARTY WAS GONE IN 2-3 HOURS. I GOT SO MANY COMPLIMENTS!!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
We've had this on two different nights this week after finding the recipe, and are really loving it! So far I've only used bottled lime juice (from the mexican foods isle, really good stuff) but plan to buy a good press so I can squeeze my own limes, which will probably make them even better! The salt-sugar-lime glass rimmer is a must have, whoever thought of that deserves a medal. :-) item not reviewed by moderator and published
I really love this recipe, though I leave out the triple sec half the time. I almost like it better without. I do agree that you should use a decent quality tequila with this though. Like Steve said, Patron and the like really don't need to be mixed at all, but this recipe does much better with Horintos or El Jimador than it does with something like Jose Cuervo. Also, I definitely prefer it with a silver tequila, both for flavor and looks. I also tried this with both fresh limes and bottles lime juice, and while the bottled lime was ok in a pinch, I definitely preferred the fresh limes. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have been making this recipe for a couple of years now and they are always perfect!! In a pinch I have used bottled lime juice and they are still great. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Made these for a littile get together and these were a big hit. I agree with the others, I would never buy the mix again! Loved the Cointreau. Do not leave out the salt/sugar/lime glass rimmer - very good! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is great if you watched the show, but the recipe here does not say when to include the Triple Sec, (orange liquor). Just put it in the shaker or you can float it in & stir. Also, forget the sugar on the rim, that is NOT a REAL Margarita! The salt is the intended flavor mix with the lime & tequila, & serve on the rocks, not blended. Also, while I enloy a good quality tequilia with this, it is NOT that important, as it will still taste great with a economical tequila. Your mixing things here, so I prefer to save my high $ stuff for sipping or shots. Here I mean Don Juilo, Patron, or the other wonderful aged blue aguave products. You shouldn't waste those in a margarita, sipping only there! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is the perfect margarita. Use a good tequila. Will never use store bought mix again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Patron Silver and Cointreau...couldn't be better. item not reviewed by moderator and published
When I first saw the amount of alcohol in this recipe I was concerned. It was for a party so I bought a bottle of margarita mix (just in case). This recipe was outstanding. Not too strong and the lime-sugar-salt mix was great. I would make sure to get the lime grated pretty finely otherwise you'll be eating chucks of it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is worth every second of the effort. You will never by a bottled mix again! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Excellent but be sure to use a good quality white tequila and orange liqueur. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Personally, I like more salt than sugar in the rim mix. The recipe proportions are perfect though!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
the lime-sugar-salt is the best part! try using microplane grater or whatnot to make the zest as fine as possible. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Simple syrup is half sugar and half water, so try halving the agave and you should get the right amount. item not reviewed by moderator and published
plus agave is 25% sweeter than sugar item not reviewed by moderator and published
Espolon is not Sammy Hagar's... Cabo Wabo is Sammy's! item not reviewed by moderator and published
bonus points for the el jimador! i just picked up some today and am going to use it in this recipe. glad it sounds like it's a good pairing! item not reviewed by moderator and published

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