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Three margaritas on a counter covered with salt.

Classic + Authentic Margarita, Malibu-Style

  • Author: Christina
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: makes two cocktails 1x
  • Category: Drinks


If it ain't broke don't fix it! Here's the recipe for an authentic margarita that hails from Mexico, and a few fun ideas for how to lime it up with a quick simple syrup. Did someone say, tequila?



For Margarita

  • 4 ounces blanco tequila*, I like Teremana or Casa Amigos Blanco
  • 2 ounces Cointreau (or other orange liqueur)
  • 2 ounces fresh-squeezed lime juice, about the juice of two limes
  • 1 scant ounce lime or plain simple syrup, optional
  • course salt or sugar
  • lime wedges, for rimming glass

Homemade Lime Simple Syrup*

  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup water
  • several strips of lime peel


  1. For basic or lime simple syrup. In a small pot, bring water and sugar just to a boil. Turn off heat, and for lime syrup, add several strips of lime peel. Let cool to room temperature, then store chilled.
  2. Rim glasses with salt or sugar. Sprinkle a layer of either on a small plate. Run the inside of a fresh lime around the rims of the glasses. Press the top of the glass into the salt/sugar, turning and pressing a few times to get a nice coating.
  3. Mix cocktail. In a cocktail shaker, combine tequila, Cointreau, lime juice, and simple syrup if using. 
  4. Add ice, and shake until it frosts over. 
  5. Strain and serve in garnished glasses. For a margarita that mellows as you sip, serve on the rocks. 


Two ounces = double shot = ¼ cup. For a less potent cocktail, stick with one shot of tequila per cocktail.

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