Margarita cocktail recipe
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The Margarita is one of the most popular cocktails in the world. Here you can read how to make this famous tequila cocktail with a salted rim.

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Glass Margarita glass
Flavor Sour
Method average
Strength Strong
Drink Tequila, Triple Sec
Time 6 minutes
Amount 1 cocktail



  • Jigger
  • Shaker


  • Shake with ice


  • Start by applying a salt rim to the glass
  • Use a shaker with ice cubes
  • Pour 45 ml of tequila into the shaker using a jigger
  • Add 20 ml of triple sec
  • Squeeze the juice of one and a half limes, keeping two nice lime slices aside for garnish
  • Shake vigorously until you achieve a frosted layer on the shaker
  • Take a moment to taste and ensure the Margarita has the right flavor.
  • Pour it into your glass without the ice
  • Garnish the glass with a subtle lime slice on the rim
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Tip: coat the rim of your margarita glass with a lime wedge to apply the salted rim.

How to make a Margarita with tequila, triple sec, and lime

The Margarita is a Mexican short drink cocktail made with tequila, triple sec, and lime juice. Because it only consists of 3 ingredients, it’s important to choose high-quality products. For tequila, I recommend the brands Patron, Olmeca, or Altos.

The origin of the Margarita

Originally, the Margarita is said to have been intended as a more refined way for wealthy Americans visiting Tijuana to consume tequila. Typically, Mexicans would put salt on the back of their hand to lick, then take a shot of tequila, and finally suck on a piece of lime. This is still the traditional way the Tequila Slammer is consumed.

The Margarita is named after Margarita Henkel, the first woman to receive a Margarita from Don Carlos, a bartender at Hussong’s Cantina in Ensenada. Her actual name is Marjorie Henkel, but in Spanish, it became Margarita.

5 tips to master your Margarita like a Mexican Maestro

  1. Shake, not stir: you don’t stir a Margarita, but shake it with ice. This brings out the citrus flavor best in the cocktail. If you’re using fresh fruit, a blender works best.
  2. Use a good, premium tequila made from 100% agave. So, don’t opt for the cheapest tequila like the Sierra Blanco with the red cap; instead, go for the blue variant, the Sierra Antiguo Tequila Plata.
  3. Use fresh ingredients: never use pre-bottled citrus juice, but always fresh limes that you squeeze yourself. The same goes for fruits like strawberries or watermelon. Always fresh!
  4. Salt rim: a salt rim is part of a classic Margarita. It gives it a bit more edge. However, not everyone likes it. If you’re unsure or someone doesn’t prefer it, you can do half the glass with a salt rim and the other half without. That way, you can choose which side to drink from.
  5. Spiciness: spices and Margaritas go well together. Try it with a rim of pepper, cayenne, or cayun, or combine it with a jalapeño.

How to make a salt rim on your Margarita glass?

Creating a salt rim on your glass is not difficult; you just need to know how. The most important thing is to make the salt rim before pouring your Margarita into the cocktail glass. Ensure that you moisten and make the rim sticky with a lime wedge, then roll your glass through the salt on a plank or dish. Make sure it coats the glass nicely, and then pour your Margarita into the glass with the salted rim.

For a Margarita, nachos are a perfect match. An extra fun touch is to garnish your Margarita glass with one nacho. You can use a small clip for this.

How to make a Frozen Margarita

The Margarita is also often enjoyed Frozen. In this case, you make it in the blender, using plenty of crushed ice to achieve a slushy consistency. If your Frozen Margarita is not slushy enough, add some more crushed ice and blend it again.

Vary with fruit flavors

With the Margarita, you can easily experiment. What about these beautiful colors? Try a Pineapple Margarita with a tasty cayenne rim! (left)

  • Spicy Pineapple Margarita: start with a cayenne rim. Shake pineapple juice (45 ml) with tequila (45 ml), triple sec (20 ml), and lime juice (half a lime). Garnish with a pineapple chunk.
  • Blue Margarita: begin with a salt rim. Shake tequila (45 ml), blue curacao (20 ml), and lime juice (1 lime). Garnish with an orange or lime slice.
  • Strawberry Margarita: Use a blender. 45 ml tequila, 3-4 strawberries, 20 ml triple sec, and lime juice (half a lime). Blend and garnish with a strawberry.

Watermelon Margarita

You can also prepare and serve Margarita cocktails in a hollowed-out pineapple or a hollowed-out watermelon. We made this Watermelon Margarita in a watermelon.

Here’s how to make it yourself:

– Start by cutting the bottom of the watermelon so that it can stand steadily
– Also, cut off the top of the melon and remove the contents
– Blend the contents, adding tequila (45 ml), watermelon liqueur (20 ml), and lime juice (30 ml)
– Fill the hollowed-out watermelon with ice
– Pour the Watermelon Margarita into the watermelon
– Garnish with a beautiful watermelon decoration and serve with a bamboo straw

Tommy’s Margarita

The Tommy’s Margarita is a well-known twist on the classic Margarita. Instead of triple sec, agave syrup is used. This allows the flavor of the tequila, combined with lime, to shine through more effectively. It’s interesting to give it a try!

Alcohol Free Margarita

If you want to make an alcohol-free Margarita, you can use Mockinbird, a non-alcoholic agave. The name is fun, named after the bird species that imitates other birds. This alcohol-free spirit is made from agave and has a herbal and slightly sharp edge.

Making cocktails is fun. Always drink responsibly.