Classic Lime Margarita

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Cocktail History

The Margarita is a classic cocktail that is believed to have been created by Carlos “Danny” Herrera in 1938 at Rancho La Gloria in Tijuana, Mexico. Several variations of the recipe exist, but this lime-flavored version made with tequila, triple sec, citrus, agave syrup, and salt is the most popular.

Cocktail Ingredients

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

Tequila Reposado: This is a type of tequila made in Mexico with blue agave, sugar, and alcohol that is aged from two to twelve months. We used Arette Tequila Reposado because it has a light and peppery flavor. For a mocktail version of this drink, try  Ritual Zero-Proof Tequila Alternative in place of the tequila.

Triple Sec: This is a liqueur made with bitter oranges, lemons, sugar, and alcohol. We used Cointreau because it’s one of the highest quality orange liqueurs on the market. For a mocktail version of this drink, try Lyre’s Orange Sec Non-Alcoholic Spirit in place of the orange liqueur.

Lemon Juice: This is the liquid juice of a lemon. We used freshly squeezed lemon juice.

Lime Juice: This is the liquid juice of a lime. We used freshly squeezed lime juice.

Agave Syrup: This is a sweetener made with the liquid inside agave plants, sugar, and water. We made our own using Alex’s recipe.

Salt: This is a mineral. We used Maldon Sea Salt Flakes.

Lime Slice: This is a slice of lime that has been cut into a half wheel shape.

Bartending Tools

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

Jigger: This is used to measure and pour ingredients. We used the Japanese jigger from the A Bar Above 14-Piece Silver Bar Set.

Boston Shaker: This is used to shake ingredients. We used the Boston shaker from the A Bar Above 14-Piece Silver Bar Set.

Hawthorne Strainer: This is used to strain out ice and solid ingredients after the cocktail is shaken. We used the A Bar Above Hawthorne Strainer.

Paring Knife: This is used to cut ingredients. We used the OXO Good Grips 3.5 Inch Paring Knife.

Juicer: This is used to juice citrus. We used the ALEEHAI Manual Fruit Juicer.

Tasting Notes

This tasty and tart 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.

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Recipe

AuthorThe Essential Cocktail Book

Yields1 ServingPrep Time5 mins

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

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 cubed ice to a shaker.

3

Shake for 10-20 seconds.

4

Strain into salt-rimmed margarita glass.

5

Garnish with lime slice.

Ingredients

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

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 cubed ice to a shaker.

3

Shake for 10-20 seconds.

4

Strain into salt-rimmed margarita glass.

5

Garnish with lime slice.

Classic Lime Margarita

Make It a Mocktail: Use Ritual Zero-Proof Tequila Alternative in place of the tequila and Lyre’s Orange Sec Non-Alcoholic Spirit in place of the orange liqueur to try a booze-free version of this drink.

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