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Classic Margaritas are the perfect cocktail for any occasion! Serve them on the rocks or frozen with a salted rim, and lime for the happiest hour around!

While we love fun spins on cocktails like the Pineapple Strawberry Mimosa and Peach Sangria, nothing beats a true classic like this simple Margarita recipe!

margarita garnished with a lime

Classic Margarita Recipe

There’s something about a margarita that is just so inviting. Maybe it’s the punchy tequila, tart sweet and sour, or that salt-rimmed glass. It doesn’t matter to me as long as you keep them coming. This classic recipe is incredibly easy to make. Just 3 ingredients, some ice, and a couple of garnishes create cocktail heaven.

Because this simple recipe is so easy the trick to a really great margarita is quality ingredients. Choose a good tequila, none of that bottom shelf stuff. A silver, gold, or reposado tequila all work great here. Then it’s time for some triple sec. The standard orange liqueur is fine, but you can go next level with some Grand Marnier or Cointreau. Then there’s the sweet and sour mix. Please please please make your own. It is so easy you’ll wonder why you’ve never done it before.

margarita ingredients

How to Make a Margarita

  1. Cut a slit in a lime wedge and place on the rim of a margarita or rocks glass. Run the lime around the rim of the glass. Remove lime and dip the rim in margarita salt. Carefully fill the glass with ice.
  2. Pour in tequila, triple sec, and then fill the rest of the glass with sweet and sour or margarita mix.
  3. Garnish with a lime wedge. Serve immediately.

If you prefer your margaritas blended (frozen) instead of on the rocks, I’ve got you covered. The same idea applies here, but you need to make a batch of margaritas at a time so everything blends properly.

How to Make a Frozen Margarita

  1. Cut a slit in a lime wedge and place on the rim of cocktail glass. Run the lime around the rim of the glass. Remove lime and dip the rim in margarita salt.
  2. To a blender add 6 cups of ice, 1 cup tequila, 2/3 cup triple sec, and pour in enough sweet and sour to the ice just floats (about 1 ½ cups).
  3. Cover blender and run on high until the liquid and ice are blended and smooth.
  4. Pour margaritas into prepared glass and garnish with a lime wedge. Serve immediately.
    *Makes 4 to 6 margaritas depending on how big your glass is.

The trick to frozen margaritas is the float. The right amount of liquid to make sure the ice is just covered will give you the perfect consistency for your frozen cocktail.

Homemade Sweet and Sour for Cocktails

Making your own homemade sweet and sour for this recipe is super simple. Mix together ½ cup simple syrup with ¼ cup fresh lemon juice and ¼ cup fresh lime juice. That’s it. You’ll get 1 cup sweet and sour to work with, which is enough to make 4 margaritas.

rocks margaritas rimmed with salt

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Classic Margaritas are the perfect cocktail for any occasion! Serve them on the rocks or frozen with a salted rim, and lime for the happiest hour around!

Classic Margarita

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Classic Margaritas are the perfect cocktail for any occasion! Serve them on the rocks or frozen with a salted rim, and lime for the happiest hour around!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1

Ingredients
  

  • 1 1/2 ounces good-quality tequila
  • 1 ounce orange liqueur
  • 2 ounces Sweet and Sour or Margarita Mix
  • Ice
  • Margarita salt
  • Lime wedge
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Instructions
 

  • Cut a slit in a lime wedge and place on the rim of a margarita or rocks glass. Run the lime around the rim of the glass. Remove lime and dip rim in margarita salt. Carefully fill glass with ice.
  • Pour in tequila, triple sec, and then fill the rest of the glass with sweet and sour or margarita mix.
  • Garnish with a lime wedge. Serve immediately.
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Nutrition

Calories: 235kcalCarbohydrates: 21gProtein: 0.03gFat: 0.1gSaturated Fat: 0.03gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.03gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.01gSodium: 43mgPotassium: 9mgSugar: 21gCalcium: 0.3mgIron: 0.04mg

Nutritional Disclaimer Kristin Maxwell of "Yellow Bliss Road" is not a dietician or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. For accurate calorie counts and other nutritional values, we recommend running the ingredients through your preferred online nutritional calculator. Calories and other nutritional values can vary depending on which brands were used.

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Julie Espy

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