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Classic Margarita – Only 4 Ingredients

My husband has been making us these margaritas for years. They are so simple but have the flavor of a good classic margarita. Nothing fancy, just high quality ingredients. It is my go-to cocktail and I know you will love it too!

classic margarita in a cocktail glass with ice and fresh limes

This lovely drink is an export from Mexico and it is enjoyed by people all over the world. It is fun to read about the origins of the classic margarita, you can read one of those stories HERE.

This version is similar to the original recipe. It isn’t like most of the overly sweetened restaurant or box mix versions that you often see. This is how I love to drink it because you can truly enjoy the flavors of the tequila.

overhead shot of classic margarita in a cocktail glass

What You Need:

  • Tequila – Blanco or Silver. These light color tequilas are young and have a stronger flavor that mixes well. Look for one that is 100% agave for the best quality with no added fillers.
  • Orange Liqueur – Cointreau is a more traditional option but I used Grand Marniere (also a very common option) both work well in this recipe. It is really up to your personal preference. I love both.
  • Fresh Lime Juice – you will not get the same results if you don’t use fresh lime juice. I juice the limes right before we are ready to serve for the best taste.
  • Salt – this is to salt the rim. You can omit if you don’t like it.
  • (Optional) Agave or Simple Syrup for sweetness. I personally don’t like it with any added sweetener, but liquid agave or simple syrup are the best options. I have a recipe for simple syrup in this post HERE.

You don’t need any fancy equipment for this recipe, you can just mix the ingredients in a measuring glass and stir. I don’t use a shaker, but you can if you prefer it that way.

To salt the rim, put some kosher salt on a small plate and run a lime wedge around the rim of the glass. Dip the glass into the salt and it will stick to the lime juice on the rim.

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Classic Margarita

Sara
Learn how to make a classic margarita. Nothing fancy, just high quality ingredients. It is my go-to cocktail and I know you will love it too.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Drinks
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 2 servings
Calories 224 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 4 oz Tequila Blanco or Silver
  • 2 oz Orange Liqueur Cointreau or Grand Marniere
  • 1 1/2 oz Fresh Lime Juice
  • 1/4 cup Kosher Salt
  • Agave or Simple Syrup Optional; to taste

Instructions
 

  • Pour the tequila, orange liqueur and lime juice into a measuring glass and stir
  • Place the salt on a small plate and use lime wedge to run around the rim of each glass, then dip in the salt to coat the rim
    Fill each glass with ice and pour the margarita mix over top
    Serve with a fresh lime slice and enjoy!

Notes

  • Tequila – Blanco or Silver. These light color tequilas are young and have a stronger flavor that mixes well. Look for one that is 100% agave for the best quality with no added fillers.
  • Orange Liqueur – Cointreau is a more traditional option, I used Grand Marniere (also a common option) both work well in this recipe. It is really up to your personal preference. I love both.
  • Fresh Lime Juice – you will not get the same results if you don’t use fresh lime juice. I juice the limes right before we are ready to serve for the best taste.
  • Salt – this is to salt the rim. You can omit if you don’t like it.
  • (Optional) Agave or Simple Syrup for sweetness. I personally don’t like it with any added sweetener, but liquid agave or simple syrup are the best options. I have a recipe for simple syrup in this post HERE.

Nutrition

Calories: 224kcalCarbohydrates: 11gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 3mgPotassium: 35mgFiber: 1gSugar: 9gVitamin A: 11IUVitamin C: 6mgCalcium: 3mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Cocktail
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