This classic Mexican margarita is the perfect blend of fresh lime juice, blanco tequila, simple syrup and triple sec, all served over ice in a chilled, salted cocktail glass.
Author: Andres Carnalla
Cocktail Glass Prep
½limecut into wedges
1tbspsea salt or Kosher saltcoarse
2ozs.blanco tequila (also called white or silver tequila)100% agave
1 ½limescut in halves
1 ½ozs.orange liqueur triple sec
2tbspsimple syrupSee recipe below.
Lime wedges or slices for garnish
Prepare Your Cocktail Glass
On a dish or cutting board, pour and flatten a pile of coarse salt like sea salt or Kosher salt. Don’t use table salt, as it will clump up and make your drink very salty.
Cut a lime in half. Reserve one half for the margarita and cut the remaining half into two wedges. Run a lime wedge along the entire rim of the glass. Be sure it’s wet enough so the salt can stick.
Invert your glass and press into the salt so it sticks to the rim.
Place the salted glass upright into the refrigerator to chill as you mix up your margarita.
Make the Simple Syrup
Pour the sugar into a deep sauce pan.
Pour the water over the sugar.
Place sugar mixture on the stove and set the heat to medium-high.
Use a wooden spoon to stir the mixture constantly so the sugar dissolves faster.
Once the sugar completely dissolves, remove from the heat.
Pour the syrup into a container. You should end up with about one cup of natural syrup. Reserve 2 tablespoons of the syrup for the margarita. Cover and store the rest for another use. The syrup will keep for up to three days.
Make the Margarita
Add ice cubes to a cocktail shaker. If you have big pieces, you can bang them on a hard surface to break them up a bit, but you do want to keep the pieces on the larger side. Ice that’s too small will quickly melt and water down your drink.
Squeeze the juice from 1 ½ limes into a small cup or bowl and remove any seeds. Pour the fresh lime juice into the shaker.
Next add the sweetener, tequila and triple sec.
Place the top back on your shaker and shake vigorously for about 20 seconds to combine.
Serve Your Margarita
Remove the chilled cocktail glass from the refrigerator.
Carefully pour the contents of the shaker into the glass, including the ice.
Garnish with a slice of lime.
Substitutions and VariationsHere are a few substitutions and variations you can try. You might have to adjust the other ingredients, like the sweetener, to keep the tastes balanced.
Lemon juice for lime juice
Mezcal for tequila
Grand Marnier or Cointreau for triple sec (Cadillac Margarita)
Agave nectar for simple syrup, and orange juice for orange liqueur (Skinny Margarita)
Add a sliced jalapeño to your simple syrup for a spicy twist. (Jalapeño Margarita)