Classic Margarita Recipe

The classic margarita. It’s a beautiful thing. Tequila, lime, and orange liqueur, mixed to perfection. Simple, classic, no fuss.

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Classic Margarita

Mixing a perfect margarita is easier than you think.

Course Drinks
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword Margarita
Prep Time 2 minutes
Total Time 2 minutes
Servings 1 person
Calories 169 kcal



  1. Optional: Salt the rim of your glass. Rub a lime wedge around the rim and dip into a plate of salt.

  2. In a shaker, combine tequila, lime juice, and orange liqueur with ice.

  3. Shake well until chilled.

  4. Strain into the prepared glass filled with ice.

  5. Garnish with lime wedge.

Nutrition Facts
Classic Margarita
Amount Per Serving
Calories 169
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


Where did margaritas originate?

Margaritas are believed to have originated in Mexico in the 1930s or 1940s, though the exact origin story varies. Some accounts credit a Mexican bartender, while others suggest an American socialite in Mexico created the drink.

When is national margarita day?

National Margarita Day is celebrated on February 22nd each year, a perfect excuse to enjoy this classic cocktail.

Are margaritas sweet?

Margaritas have a balance of sweet, sour, and bitter flavors. The sweetness primarily comes from the orange liqueur, but the overall taste should be well-balanced with the tartness of the lime and the kick of tequila.

Can I use orange juice instead of Triple Sec or orange liqueur?

Yes, you can use orange juice as a substitute, but it will alter the flavor profile. The drink will be less complex and more citrusy. If you’re replacing orange liqueur, consider adding a sweetener like simple syrup to maintain the balance.

Tips for making margaritas in large batches:

For large batches, mix the ingredients in a large pitcher or jug. Use the same ratios, and don’t forget to taste and adjust as necessary. Serve over ice rather than mixing it in, to prevent dilution.

Drinks similar to margarita:

Similar drinks include the Paloma (tequila with grapefruit soda), the Sidecar (brandy, orange liqueur, and lemon juice), and the Daiquiri (rum, lime juice, and sugar).

Non-alcoholic version:

For a non-alcoholic margarita, replace tequila with non-alcoholic tequila or soda water, and use a non-alcoholic triple sec alternative. Keep the lime juice and adjust the sweetness as needed.

Bartender’s Note

The margarita is straightforward. Quality ingredients make a difference. Fresh lime juice over bottled. Quality tequila over the cheap stuff. It’s all about balance and simplicity.

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