Margarita Cocktail

Claire Cohen
  • 3 mins
  • Prep: 3 mins,
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 1 cocktail (1 serving)
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Everyone knows the margarita and its many fruity variations. It's a refreshing tequila drink and a must-have summer cocktail that can be made in many different ways. The great thing about the original margarita is that it's one of the easiest recipes to make from scratch.

Notice that there are only three ingredients required for the original margarita. There is no mystery to this iconic drink and it's not complicated. When the tequila, triple sec and lime are balanced it is a very refreshing cocktail. This drink is far too easy and delicious to justify buying a bottled margarita mix and once you get a taste of the real thing, that won't even cross your mind.

There are three basic ways you can serve this cocktail: straight up (as in this recipe), on the rocks or frozen. The next question is whether to rim your glass with salt or sugar or to leave it bare. The possibilities are endless and, no, a margarita glass is not required.

What You'll Need

How to Make It

  1. If desired, salt the rim of a chilled cocktail or margarita glass.
  2. Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice cubes.
  3. Shake well.
  4. Strain into the prepared glass with or without fresh ice.
  5. Garnish with the lime wedge.

Tips for the Perfect Margarita

Choosing a good tequila is essential to creating a superior margarita. It is the main ingredient and a cheap, low-quality tequila will only bring the drink down.

Pick up a medium- to high-end blanco or reposado tequila for this cocktail.

This recipe uses a bit more lime than triple sec, though some people prefer to keep the two even. If you would like to make it a little sweeter, add a dash of simple syrup or agave nectar.

How Strong Is the Margarita?

Using the original recipe and an 80-proof tequila with the 80-proof Cointreau, the margarita is not what we would consider a low-proof cocktail. It would be around 23 percent ABV (54 proof). If you serve it on the rocks, it will dilute a bit with time.

A Mason Jar Margarita

It's become quite popular to serve a margarita in a mason jar with a ton of ice. If you attempt the margarita recipe above, you'll quickly find that it does not come anywhere close to filling the glass.

That's because the original recipe is designed to be served as a short drink. With a volume of only 3 1/2 ounces, it will barely fill many of today's larger margarita and cocktail glasses. After all, it is a classic cocktail recipe, and the glasses back in the day were much smaller than the ones we use now.

If you want to make a mason jar margarita, you will need to go with a recipe designed for the larger volume. This modern version will make a drink that's just over 6 ounces. Quite often, the key to filling the average mason jar mug is to load it with ice cubes and plenty of fresh fruit.

To make this margarita, shake 2 ounces tequila, 1 ounce triple sec, and 3 ounces fresh sour mix with ice. Strain it into an ice-filled mason jar (with a salt or sugar rim, if you like) and add a few lime wedges.

This can also be mixed directly in your mason jar. Cut back on the ice at first, shake or stir the drink, then fill it with fresh ice cubes,

A Book for Mason Jar Cocktails

There's actually a great book dedicated to mason jar cocktails. If you're a fan of mixing in this glass, you will definitely want to pick up a copy of Shane Carley's "The Mason Jar Cocktail Companion." All of the recipes are measured in parts and many of the booze-heavy recipes have been adapted to the volume.

Carley's mason jar margarita, for instance, is quite easy. It simply mixes 3 parts tequila, 2 parts orange liqueur, and 1 part lime juice. The beauty of the "parts" mixes is that you can adapt it to any size of glass you like. Also, the abundance of ice in a mason jar will dilute the drink perfectly.

Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
Calories 96
Total Fat 0 g
Saturated Fat 0 g
Unsaturated Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 6 mg
Carbohydrates 21 g
Dietary Fiber 4 g
Protein 1 g
(The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)