The Very BEST Margarita Recipe

1 serving
15 min

Looking for the very best Margarita recipe? Look no further, my friend! When we head out to a restaurant, I am typically a ‘white wine please’ gal. That being said, our favorite Mexican restaurants are the ones whose Margarita recipes have passed THE test. In fact, I would go so far as to say that this is a ‘better than restaurant Margarita recipe!’

I can honestly say, without hesitation, that my dad makes THE BEST MARGARITA! Hands down! No question! After you give it a try, you’ll be convinced – as I am – that this is the perfect margarita recipe!

It’s because of my dad and his oh-so-perfect margarita recipe that I consider myself a bit of a margarita snob. I can’t just order a margarita in a restaurant without interrogating the server about the specific ingredients in their restaurant margarita recipe.

This Margarita Recipe can be easily doubled…or tripled! O.K. the recipe can be easily multiplied!

What Ingredients are in the Very Best Margarita Recipe?

In my humble, yet educated (through years of Margarita tastings) opinion…the very best Margarita recipe has 4 very simple ingredients…Good Tequila, Fresh Lime Juice, Simple Syrup and just a splash of Triple Sec or Cointreau.

Oh, and of course you need legit Margarita glasses! I have 2 boxes of these which are perfect for entertaining larger crowds.

What’s the difference between Silver and Gold Tequila?

Let’s talk Tequila a minute…while there are variations within the two types of Tequila, generally they fall into the Silver or Gold category. The Silver, which is the clear, colorless tequila is usually cleaner and crisper tequila while the Golds tend to have more of a caramel, earthy tone given that they are aged in barrels. I’m a Silver gal, but that’s just a personal preference; use the tequila of your choice.

And while it definitely takes a bit more time, freshly squeezed limes are the way to go. Depending on your lime, you can get close to 2 ounces out of a large one. I use an electric citrus juicer. If you just don’t have time to juice your own, use RealLime as opposed to limeade.

N&N Tip: Microwave your limes for 20 seconds and then roll them on the counter to help get the juices flowing!

The Very BEST Margarita Recipe
Recipe details
  • 1  serving
  • Prep time: 10 Minutes Cook time: 5 Minutes Total time: 15 min
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  • 3 ounces Tequila, Chilled
  • 2 ounces Freshly Squeezed Lime Juice, Chilled, (or bottled lime juice)
  • 1 ounce Simple Syrup, Chilled, 1 part sugar and 1 part water
  • 1/2 ounce Triple Sec or Cointreau

If you like your rim salted, run a little lime around the edge of your glass and in salt.
If you like your Margarita on the rocks: put ice in your glass, mix all ingredients in a cocktail shaker and pour over the ice. Top with a slice of lime.
If you like your Margarita chilled but not over ice in your glass: add all ingredients to cocktail shaker, fill with ice, shake for 10-20 seconds and then strain into your glass. Top with a slice of lime.
Easily multiplied for larger batches.
Lynn @ Nourish and Nestle
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