Classic Margarita with Espelette Salt

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 10 min
  • Active: 10 min
  • Yield: 6 servings
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1/4 cup coarse salt

1 teaspoon espelette pepper or chile powder 

1 teaspoon sugar 

2 cups fresh lime juice, plus more for rimming glasses

3 cups tequila 

1 1/2 cups orange liqueur

1/2 cup agave syrup 

Lime slices, for garnish


  1. Combine the salt, pepper and sugar on a plate. Lightly dip the rims of 4 rocks glasses into a small amount of lime juice, then into the salt mixture to crust the edges of the glasses.
  2. Combine the tequila, lime juice, orange liqueur and agave syrup in a large pitcher with ice. Stir vigorously to combine. Pour over ice in the salt-rimmed glasses, garnish with a slice of lime and serve immediately.