Try this classic margarita recipe! This incredibly delicious margarita remains at the top of America’s all-time favorite drink. It is the #1 cocktail ordered, made and searched. Perhaps it is because of all the adored variations of margaritas. They can be frozen, on the rocks, or made with tequila or mezcal, and no matter if they're fruity, spicy, fizzy, creamy, or any combination, margaritas are the best!! However, when it comes to choosing the ultimate margarita cocktail, nothing beats a classic margarita!
The original margarita is one of the simplest cocktails you can create from scratch. And its refreshing lime flavor is perfectly complemented by your favorite tequila. This classic recipe has inspired countless other margarita variations around the world, and there is no mystery to its popularity.
Classic Margarita Recipe with Fresh Lime
The key to this iconic drink is in its simplicity, as you only need good quality tequila, triple sec, fresh lime juice, and a touch of sweetness to create the perfect balance of flavors. The taste of this cocktail is phenomenal whether you prefer it straight up or on ice, with or without a salted rim.
This simple margarita recipe is a contrast to the vast majority of margaritas served in restaurants. Most of them tend to be overly sweet, diluted, and have an artificial flavor. Usually because they add artificial ingredients such as commercialized margarita mix or bottled sweet and sour mix. These ingredients will create a cloudy margarita, with a yellow or green hue. The original margarita is translucent in color, especially if made with white or silver tequila.
Once you compare the natural, original margarita to one made with other ingredients, you will undoubtedly notice the difference.
The original margarita recipe was created to be served in a shorter glass, typically having a volume of just 3 ½ ounces. Similar to many other classic cocktail recipes, it may leave a modern cocktail or rocks glass feeling partially empty. However, fear not as this recipe is the perfect amount for a delicious margarita that is sure to please.
Ingredients for Margarita
Tequila - preferable white or silver
Triple Sec - orange liqueur
Lime Juice - freshly squeezed
Simple Syrup or Agave Nectar - it will cut the tartness without adding artificial ingredients
Lime Wedge or Wheel for garnish
Coarse Salt or Sugar for rim (optional)
How to Make a Margarita
To serve straight up:
Run a lime wedge around the margarita or martini glass rim and dip the rim into coarse salt or sugar. This is optional.
Place tequila, triple sec, lime juice, simple syrup or agave into a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake well.
Strain into margarita or martini glass and garnish with lime wedge or wheel.
To Serve on the Rocks (on ice):
Run a lime wedge around the rocks, margarita or martini glass rim and dip the rim into coarse salt or sugar. This is optional.
Add ice, tequila, triple sec, lime juice, simple syrup or agave nectar into the glass of your choice. Stir completely.
Garnish with lime wedge or wheel and Enjoy!
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