Classic Margarita

Do you have a “Tequila” story to tell? I actually do not, as strange as they may seem to some of you, lol. Everyone in college seemed to roll their eyes and start into some bizarre tale of wild nights and harsh mornings whenever they heard Tequila mentioned! I decided at that point, that I never wanted to have a “Tequila” story of my own…..

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So I completely avoided tequila and Classic Margaritas…..just to be safe!!

My son was completely confused when I told him that story. I guess he assumed I was much wilder and outgoing when I was his age than I actually was. Now if someone mentions 151, well that is a whooole other story! 😉

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When I finally tried my first margarita about 10 years ago, I went with a Frozen Margarita since I love slushy drinks. But one night I found myself in a bar that did not have a blender.  Say what? How is that even possible?? So I took a deep breath and decided to try a Classic Margarita on the Rocks…..since I don’t have a choice…..and I really enjoyed it!! See, you can teach an old dog new tricks… long as tequila is involved. 😉

Fill a cocktail shaker with 3/4 cup of ice and a good quality tequila, Cointreau {or triple sec}, and fresh squeezed lime juice…..

Classic Margaritas mix

I mixed two at one time, but you can make them individually if you prefer. If you would like a touch of sweetness to offset some of the lime’s tartness, add a teaspoon of simple syrup.

Put the lid on top and shake to combine. Pour into an ice filled cocktail glass, with a rim that has been rubbed with lime juice and dipped into course salt…..

Classic Margarita on the rocks |

Garnish with lime wedges and serve with a straw, if desired. I desire, I love my straws!

If you prefer blended, well I have those too – Frozen Margaritas…..

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Mango Margarita…..

Mango Margarita |

Watermelon Margaritas…..

Celebrate Summer with these delicious Frozen Watermelon Margaritas |

Tequila is the star of this drink, so you want to choose a good quality silver/clear tequila over a cheap one. I love Cabo Wabo, some people swear by Patron, and at $100 a bottle I would hope that is amazing! Trust me, you don’t want anything cheaper than Jose’ Cuervo.

Lime juice is also important in this drink. You really do need to squeeze fresh limes for the best tasting cocktail. Do not use the little green plastic lime juice from the grocery store! They are filled with preservatives and will make your drink very bitter! I usually takes 1 lime per drink… can do it. 😉

What flavor should I try next? Oh, I’m allergic to strawberries, guava, and kiwi, so those are out. 😉


Classic Margarita

Serves 1
Prep time 5 minutes
Meal type Beverage
This Classic Margarita is perfect for any occasion, especially summer parties.


  • 1.5 Ounce good quality silver tequila
  • .5 Ounce Cointreau or triple sec
  • 1 Ounce fresh lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon simple syrup (optional)
  • course salt (to garnish)
  • lime wedges (to garnish)


Place 3/4 cup of ice in a cocktail shaker.
Add the tequila, Cointreau, lime juice, and simple syrup {if using}.
Cover and shake to combine.
Rub lime juice around the rim of cocktail glass. Dip in course salt.
Pour margarita into prepared glass and garnish with lime wedges and a straw.

This recipe will be partying at these link parties!




  1. says

    You can’t beat a classic margarita and this looks delicious. I don’t have a tequila story because growing up in England I didn’t even know what it was, but now that I’m in SoCal I do. Great recipe.

  2. Jamie @ Love Bakes Good Cakes says

    This is my favorite margarita …. and trust me, plenty of them will be consumed this Summer! 😀 If you ever make it out to Phoenix, we’ll have to have a few!

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