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In honor of not only Cinco de Mayo but also my birthday (on May 2nd, whoops–two days late!!) I am sharing my recipe for margaritas. Dare I call them the world’s best margarita? I dare. This is one tasty drink! The base recipe came from my sister, which calls for 3 parts tequila, 2 parts lime juice, and 1 part triple sec. Before she gave me this recipe, I was clueless and thought the best way to make homemade margaritas was to buy the large bottle of margarita mix from Costco, salt a glass rim, and pour. Oh man I was wrong! These margaritas are so incredibly easy and 10000x better than any pre-made mix.
I’ve deviated from my sister’s recipe by using Patron Citronge (an orange liqueur) and agave syrup instead of triple sec. These take quite a bit of lime juice. If you’re squeezing fresh limes, this is a must. We got ours for our wedding and it’s irreplaceable when juicing limes or lemons. If you’re making a big batch and don’t want to spend tons of time squeezing limes, this lime juice is a good substitute. I keep a bottle of this in the fridge whenever something needs a burst of brightness.
I recently bought these small square ice cube molds, and LOVE them! I didn’t think they would make a difference, but they do. They don’t chip off as you’re shaking drinks and melt more evenly. If you enjoy making drinks at home, I would recommend getting some!
These classic margaritas are wonderful and way to easy to not make at home! I hope you all enjoy this recipe!! They would be perfect served alongside some guacamole and obviously with tequila lime tacos!
Classic Margarita on the Rocks
- 3 parts silver tequila I used Sparkle Donkey silver tequila*
- 2 parts lime juice
- 1.5 parts cointreau (orange liqueur) I used Patron Citronge
- .5 parts agave syrup optional, for sweetening
- lime wedges or slices for garnish
- flaky salt for the rim Maldon is preferable, but kosher also works!
- If desired, salt the glass rim by running a lime wedge around the edge of a glass. Fill a shallow bowl with salt and dip the rim of the glass until it is covered. Set aside.
- Add ice, tequila, lime juice, cointreau, and agave syrup (if using) to cocktail shaker and shake until combined. Taste, and add more agave if desired. I found .5 parts agave to be the perfect amount!
- Fill glass with ice and strain the margarita mixture over the ice. Garnish with lime and serve immediately.
*Originally, I made this with Patron silver tequila that was gifted to me for my 22nd birthday (took me FOREVER to finish the bottle!). When I went to buy more tequila, I asked for recommendations from the liquor store owner. He suggested I try Sparkle Donkey for margaritas and said that the most important thing is to get tequila that is labeled 100% agave. If you're not sure wha type of tequila to get, I highly suggest asking! I was super happy with this suggestion and liked the Sparkle Donkey better than the Patron!