classic margarita


Happy National Tequila Day!

Post college, I have to admit I can only take my tequila in a really cold, limey margarita featuring non-Jose Cuervo tequila. #thisis29

And I have to say there’s nothing better than an ice cold margarita on a 105 degree Texas summer day. The recipe below is my favorite ratio of lime to tequila without being overly sweet. Let me know what you think!

So what are you toasting to this National Tequila Day?


  • Yields: 1 margarita


  • 3 oz. good quality tequila *I like Milagro Silver (affordable and smooth)
  • 2 oz. (or 4 Tbsp.) fresh-squeezed lime juice (no green bottle stuff)
  • 1 oz. (2 Tbsp.) Triple Sec or Grand Marnier
  • 1 oz. (2 Tbsp). simple syrup *recipe below
  • Kosher salt to line the rim of glass, if desired
  • Extra thinly sliced limes for garnish


  1. To make the simple syrup: In a small saucepan, bring 1/2 cup of water and 1/2 cup of white sugar up to boil. Boil for 1 minute and the remove from the heat and set aside to cool. Store in the fridge.
  2. In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, add your tequila, lime juice, orange liqueur, and cooled simple syrup. Shake for 30 seconds and serve in cocktail glass (lined with salt if you desire). Garnish with a thinly sliced piece of lime.

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