Simple Margarita





Introduction: Simple Margarita

About: Becky Stern is a content creator at Autodesk/Instructables. She has authored hundreds of tutorials about everything from microcontrollers to knitting. Before joining Instructables, Becky worked for MAKE Maga...

While recently on vacation in Mexico, I wanted to whip up some tasty margaritas, with limited supplies on hand. What follows is the simplest margarita recipe I can think of! You will need:

  • tequila
  • orange liqueur such at Cointreau or Controy
  • limes and a way to juice them (a fork works)
  • glass with ice
  • mixing implement
  • kosher salt (optional)

Step 1: Mix It Up!

If you have kosher salt available, wet and dip the rim of the glass in salt first. In your glass of ice, combine:

  • 2 parts tequila
  • 1 part orange liqueur
  • 1 part lime juice

Mix it up with a spoon, or the same fork you used to juice the limes. Adjust ratios to your taste. Enjoy!!



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    I thought you were going to explain how to avoid spending 15 euros in a Cointreau bottle. I stopped mixing margaritas because it's such an expensive cocktail. And you missed the salt in the rim of the glass in the video.

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    Scratch 15, replace with 20!

    This is not the simple way, it's the ONLY way to get a good margarita. After this, nothing else will be worth drinking.

    A few extra details:

    • Always use a good quality 100% agave silver tequila. You won't notice the difference between good Sauza and Patron, but the cheap stuff will not be as good.

    • Aged tequilas are great for sipping but lack the brightness for a good margarita.

    • Never ever use triple sec! It will ruin an otherwise good margarita. I always use Cointreau but Gran Marnier would probably be ok. For that matter, never buy ANY booze you can get for under $10.

    • I like a touch more Cointreau, 1 1/4 or 1 1/2 parts.

    • Never use lime juice out of a bottle. Squeeze it fresh then use the spent limes to moisten the rim for the salt.

    • On the rocks ONLY, NO BLENDERS!!!

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    I wholeheartedly concur and I would like to subscribe to your newsletter!

    If you find it, let me know. I'd like to subscribe too. ;-)

    I agree with everything you said. When in Mexico you can buy Controy very reasonably and it's every bit as tasty as Cointreau. Gran Marnier is for fancier Margarita style drinks - my preference is to stay traditional.

    This is just a standard margarita recipe!

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    That's what I say; but there are 'Margarita Infidels' among us. They look and talk like us, but they don't mix like us.

    I like the way you mix.