Classic Margarita

It doesn’t get any better than a classic margarita. Fresh, zesty, and wonderfully salty, this is the one drink everyone should be able to make!

Classic margaritas contain tequila, freshly squeezed lime juice, and Cointreau for a hint of orange. It’s important to use good quality tequila and to shake it thoroughly before serving on the rocks. Run a lime wedge around the rim of the glass and dip it in coarse salt for the best finish.

Classic Margarita Cocktail

The classic marg is just lime, tequila, and orange. If you want it a little less boozy, go ahead and use orange juice in place of Cointreau. It will mellow out the booze and make it a little easier to drink.

I love this simply on the rocks, but if you want it frosty, just blend it with a handful of ice until smooth.

Or, if you’re in the mood for something with a kick, try this yummy spicy margarita recipe!

Ingredients in a Classic Margarita

Since this is such a clean and classic recipe, you’ll want to use the best ingredients.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Tequila - since this is a mixer, you don’t need to buy the best of the best. But you also don’t want to get anything too cheap. You’ll definitely taste the difference!
  • Lime Juice - lime is the key flavor of the classic margarita, so you want it as fresh as possible!
  • Cointreau - this hint of orange is just what you need to balance everything out. Use regular orange juice if you prefer.

What’s the Best Tequila for Margaritas?

Blanco or Silver tequila is best for margaritas if you want a more clean, agave flavor. But for something more smooth, you should try reposado tequila. Espolòn Blanco is a great option, and it’s not too expensive. Another great choice is Milagro Reposado, which has a slight oaky and vanilla finish.

Classic Margarita Variations

The first and best variation you can make to this recipe is to use Tajin on the rim. It’s limey, salty, and just a little spicey.

Trust me, it’s a must-try!

Another easy way to modify this recipe is to use other fruit juices or purees to add new flavors and colors.

For example, you could add strawberry puree, mango juice, pomegranate juice, or even coconut cream.

I like to add these in addition to the lime, and also add another ounce or two of tequila to balance everything out.

How To Make a Classic Margarita

This recipe is enough for two drinks, on the rocks.


  • 4 ounces of good Tequila
  • 2 ounces of fresh Lime Juice
  • 2 ounces of Cointreau
  • Wedge of Lime
  • Salt/Tajin


  1. Run the lime wedge around the rims of the glasses.
  2. Dip the glasses into salt or tajin.
  3. Fill the glasses with ice.
  4. Add the tequila, lime juice, and Cointreau to a cocktail shaker. 
  5. Fill the shaker with ice and seal shut.
  6. Shake for 20-30 seconds. 
  7. Strain into the glasses.
  8. Serve and enjoy!

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