Recipe courtesy of Melissa Gaman for Food Network Kitchen

Classic Margarita

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 5 min
  • Active: 5 min
  • Yield: 1 classic margarita
A classic margarita has a 3-2-1 ratio of tequila to orange liqueur to fresh lime juice. Cointreau is more expensive, but also a little smoother in taste. If you don’t love a salted rim, try a combination of salt and sugar.



  1. Shake the tequila, Cointreau and lime juice in a shaker with ice. Strain into an ice-filled glass (rim with salt, if desired). Garnish with a lime wheel.