This post was last updated on May 3, 2020 by India
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!