Classic Lime Margarita

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Cocktail History

The Margarita is a tequila cocktail that was most likely created by Carlos “Danny” Herrera in 1938 at Rancho La Gloria in Mexico. Several variations of the recipe exist, but this one for the Classic Lime Margarita is the most popular flavor. Our version is made with tequila reposado, triple sec, citrus, agave syrup, and a salt rim.

Cocktail Ingredients

To make this cocktail, you’ll need the following ingredients:

Tequila Reposado: This is the other base spirit. It lends more agave flavor. We used Arette Reposado because it’s light and peppery and it’s affordable.

Triple Sec: This is an orange liqueur. It adds sweet citrus flavors. We went with Cointreau because it’s one of the highest quality triple secs on the market.

Lemon Juice: This adds sweet and sour citrus flavors for balance. We prefer to use fresh citrus juice because it’s less bitter than the bottled stuff and tastes better.

Lime Juice: This also adds sour citrus flavors for balance. Just like the lemon juice, we used fresh lime juice.

Agave Syrup: This is a sweetener that is made from the fluid inside agave plants. We made our own using Alex’s recipe.

Salt: This is added to the rim to add savoriness that rounds out the sweet and sour flavor.

Lime Slice: This the garnish. It adds more fresh citrus aroma and flavor.

Tasting Notes

This tasty tart Classic Lime Margarita is based on the classic recipe but has been tweaked by us over the years. Its perfectly salty rim balances out the sweetness of the agave syrup and sourness of the citrus, and it can be served either on the rocks (how we prefer it), up, or frozen.

Recipe

AuthorThe Essential Cocktail BookPrep Time5 minsRating

Ingredients
 2 oz Tequila Reposado
 ½ oz Triple Sec
 ½ oz Lemon Juice
 ½ oz Lime Juice
 ½ oz Homemade Agave Syrup
 2 tsp Salt
 1 Lime Wedge

Method
1

Pour salt onto a plate, rub outer rim of a margarita glass with lime rind, and roll glass in salt until coated.

2

Add tequila, triple sec, lemon juice, lime juice, agave syrup, and ice to a shaker.

3

Shake for 10-20 seconds.

4

Strain into salt-rimmed margarita glass.

5

Garnish with lime wedge.

Ingredients

Ingredients
 2 oz Tequila Reposado
 ½ oz Triple Sec
 ½ oz Lemon Juice
 ½ oz Lime Juice
 ½ oz Homemade Agave Syrup
 2 tsp Salt
 1 Lime Wedge

Directions

Method
1

Pour salt onto a plate, rub outer rim of a margarita glass with lime rind, and roll glass in salt until coated.

2

Add tequila, triple sec, lemon juice, lime juice, agave syrup, and ice to a shaker.

3

Shake for 10-20 seconds.

4

Strain into salt-rimmed margarita glass.

5

Garnish with lime wedge.

Classic Lime Margarita

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More Tequila Cocktails

If you like this tequila cocktail recipe, here are a few others we’ve tried that you may enjoy:

 Salted Sage Paloma: A tequila cocktail made with grapefruit juice, lime juice, salted sage syrup, soda water, and sage leaves

 Mocha Spiked Horchata: A tequila cocktail made with horchata, cold-brew coffee, chocolate bitters, and ground cinnamon

 Privateer (Variation): A tequila cocktail made with passion fruit syrup, pineapple juice, lime juice, smoke and salt bitters, rosemary, and Tajín

 Wild Rose: A tequila and dry sparkling wine cocktail made with pineapple gum syrup, maraschino liqueur, Angostura aromatic bitters, and a orange twist

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