The Classic Margarita


We’ve all had a really great margarita on a warm summer day. It’s one of the best cocktails for lounging by the pool, or on the patio watching a summer sunset. Now have you ever had a bad one? Probably yes. So what makes a great margarita, and what makes it a not-so-great one? Well, if you ask us, it’s more about fresh juice than anything else – including the liquor. This is what we consider to be the best ratios, ingredients, and mixing techniques to make the best Classic Margarita.

There are FOUR basic ingredients in a margarita – and if any of them say “margarita mix” or “sweetened lime juice” stop what you’re doing – you’ve taken a wrong turn. 

Tequila. Triple Sec. Fresh Lime Juice. Salt. That’s it.

2 oz. Silver Tequila – El Jimador or Sauza Hornitos moderately priced, and easy to find at most stores – and really tasty
1.25 oz. Triples Sec (orange liqueur)
1 oz. of FRESH Lime Juice
Kosher Salt

Sprinkle Kosher salt onto a small saucer and set aside. In a pint glass, add the lime juice, tequila, and orange liqueur together, then fill with ice. With a metal cocktail shaker, shake all ingredients (with the ice) vigorously until the tin begins to create a light frost, or is very cold to the touch. Open the tin metal shaker and rim the pint glass with salt. Strain liquids over new ice and serve with a lime wheel and the salted rim.

*For more delicious cocktail recipes, visit our Featured Cocktails Page
Cocktail & Photo by: Bryan Whitaker