Margarita Cocktail

Served on the rocks, straight up, or frozen, the Margarita is one of those timeless, most popular cocktails. Combining the freshness of the lime juice and the sweetness of Cointreau with the unique taste of Blanco tequila made from blue agave, this classic cocktail is tangy, zesty, and so satisfying!
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About This Margarita Cocktail Recipe

The Margarita is one of the simplest cocktails you can make at home. Made with only 3 ingredients, this iconic drink can cool you down on a hot day and warm you up on a cold day. Any day is a good day for a classic, refreshing Margarita!

While the origins of this cocktail are unclear, it is believed that the Margarita was invented in 1938 by a Mexican restauranteur Carlos Herrera created this drink for one of his customers who was allergic to all alcohol except tequila.

Another story goes that, in 1984, a Dallas socialite named Margaret Sames mixed her two favorite spirits — tequila and Cointreau — during a house party.

Others say that Margarita, which means “daisy” in Spanish, was a twist on the Daisy cocktail that is made with spirit, citrus, orange liqueur, and soda. If you leave out the soda, that’s your Margarita.

Regardless of its origins, this thirst-quenching cocktail has continued to be a popular choice for decades.

A strong, tangy cocktail, a classic Margarita is made with just three ingredients — good-quality tequila Blanco made from 100% blue agave, Cointreau, and freshly-squeezed lime juice.

This simple cocktail is ridiculously quick and easy to make for a single serving as well as for a crowd. Served on the rocks, straight up, or frozen with or without a salted rim.

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What You Need for This Margarita Cocktail Recipe

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Ingredient Notes

  • Tequila: Use a good quality tequila Blanco made from 100% blue agave.
  • Cointreau: It is a premium triple sec orange-flavored liqueur that acts as a sweetener and adds a lovely hint of orange flavor.
  • Lime Juice: Always use freshly squeezed lime juice for the best flavor.

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Ingredient Substitutions

  • Cointreau: It can be substituted with any good quality triple sec.

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How strong is a Margarita?

The Margarita is just over half the strength of a tequila shot or around 27% ABV. If served on the rocks, it will dilute slightly over time.

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Difficulty: Beginner Prep Time 5 min Total Time 5 mins


A good quality tequila, Cointreau, and freshly squeezed lime juice are all you need to make the best Margarita possible at home!

Yield: 1 cocktail


How To Make Margarita Cocktail Step By Step

  1. Rub a wedge of lime along the edge of the glass and then dip it into the salt to cover the entire rim.

    Margarita Cocktail Step 1
  2. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice, pour the tequila, Cointreau, and lime juice, and shake well.

    Margarita Cocktail Step 2
  3. Strain the mix into the glass and serve with a lime wedge. Enjoy!

    Margarita Cocktail Step 3-1

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  • Choose good quality liquors for the best flavor.
  • If you want a fruity Margarita, you may add blended strawberry, apple, watermelon, or any fruit you like.