Classic Margarita – Cocktail Recipe Of The Week

The best margarita recipe to try at home
Hone your cocktail-making skills

Tequila, it makes you happy. If that’s true, then you’ll be ecstatic with this simple margarita recipe. Four ingredients. One amazing cocktail.

The best margarita recipe to try at home
Hone your cocktail-making skills with this Margarita recipe

How do you feel about tequila? Is it that drink you tried when you were (ahem) eighteen, took it too far and have sworn off ever since? Or are you a total aficionado, sipping slowly on your Don Julio on a nightly basis? Whichever one you are, you should try your hand at this margarita recipe.

Margaritas combine the sharp tang of lime, the orange-y tastiness of triple sec and a quick blast of salt from the rim. No one is sure about the origin of the cocktail, but the most common version of the story is that it was invented in Ensenada, Mexico during the forties by bartender Don Carlos Orozco. Orozco created the cocktail and gave it to the German ambassador’s daughter Margarita Henkel to try. She loved it and he named the cocktail after her. The recipe for the perfect margarita hasn’t changed much since Orozco’s time – it’s one of the easiest cocktails to make but definitely one to impress your friends.

The Ultimate Margarita Recipe


50ml tequila

50ml lime juice (and a little extra for the glass)

35ml triple sec (such as Cointreau)


Slice of lime

Make it

  1. First, prepare the glass. Fill a martini glass with ice and leave it for a few minutes to chill. Empty out the ice then sprinkle a little salt on a flat surface. Wipe the edge of the glass with some lime juice and then put the glass in the salt. Twist to coat the rim with salt.
  2. Put the remaining ingredients (other than the slice of lime) into a cocktail shaker with some ice. Shake quickly and hard then strain into the glass.
  3. Serve with a slice of lime.


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