Margarita is a popular cocktail made with tequila, triple sec, and lime juice, often served in a salt-rimmed glass. It is a refreshing and tangy drink that is perfect for happy hour or any occasion.

Margarita recipe

  • 50 ml tequila 100% agave
  • 20 ml triple sec
  • 15 ml freshly squeezed lime juice

Add all ingredients into a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

Directions for how to make the Margarita

  1. Add 50 ml tequila 100% agave into a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
  2. Pour 20 ml triple sec into the shaker.
  3. Squeeze 15 ml fresh lime juice into the shaker.
  4. Close the shaker and shake vigorously for about 10-15 seconds.
  5. Strain the cocktail into a chilled Margarita glass without ice.
  6. Optional: rim the glass with salt or sugar by rubbing a lime wedge around the rim and dipping it into the preferred garnish.
  7. Serve and enjoy!

Tips for how to make the perfect Margarita

  • Use fresh lime juice instead of bottled lime juice for a more authentic taste.
  • Use high-quality tequila for a smoother flavor.
  • Adjust the sweetness to your liking by adding more or less simple syrup.
  • Rim the glass with salt for the perfect balance of sweet, salty, and sour flavors.
  • Shake the ingredients together in a shaker with ice for the perfect texture.
  • Use a cocktail strainer to remove any pulp or ice chips from the drink.

Alcohol-free alternative to the Margarita

A similar alternative to Margarita that contains no alcohol is a virgin Margarita or a ‘mocktail.’ This drink is made using the same ingredients as a traditional Margarita but without any liquor. The ingredients typically include fresh lime juice, orange juice, agave syrup or simple syrup, and club soda or sparkling water. The drink is served over ice in a salt-rimmed glass and garnished with a slice of lime. This non-alcoholic drink is perfect for those who want to enjoy the taste of a classic Margarita without the effects of alcohol.

Margarita fun facts

  1. Margarita is one of the most popular cocktails in the world, with an estimated 185,000 Margaritas being consumed every hour around the globe.

  2. The origin of Margarita is shrouded in mystery, but one widely accepted theory is that it was invented in 1938 by a barman named Carlos “Danny” Herrera in Tijuana, Mexico, who created the drink for a customer who couldn’t drink straight tequila.

  3. The word “Margarita” means “daisy” in Spanish, and it’s believed that the drink is named after a beautiful woman who inspired its creation.

  4. Traditional Margaritas are made with tequila, triple sec, and lime juice, but there are many variations of the drink, including frozen Margaritas, fruit-flavored Margaritas, and spicy Margaritas.

  5. Margarita is the official drink of the city of San Antonio, Texas, and it has inspired many festivals and celebrations, including National Margarita Day, which is celebrated every year on February 22nd.