Skip the mix and make a real margarita with this recipe.

  • Tequila (blanco) 2 oz
  • Cointreau 1 oz
  • Fresh lime juice 1 oz

Don't be scared to go heavy on the Cointreau.

If you don't have Cointreau, any triple sec substitute will work.

Vigorously shake all ingredients in a shaker and strain into a lowball with ice. Optionally, you can garnish with a lime wedge.

You may want to salt the rim of the glass (rub a lime wedge then dip the glass in a salt bowl), but this isn't necessary. Ask first.


Be sure to use freshly squeezed lime juice. The difference is worth it.