The 3 Ingredient Classic Margarita
All you really need to make a classic margarita is lime juice, tequila, and an orange liqueur to make it official, plus ice of course. The only difficult part of making a classic margarita is when you’re out of orange liqueur! But that’s okay because the grocery store is always in stock. Another heated topic is what kind of tequila to use. I personally use the Reposado, which is the silver-white tequila for my non-tequila mamas. As a San Diego native, I love buying tequila that’s Mexican-owned and especially woman-owned.
Classic or Sweet Margarita
I have an intense sweet tooth with almost everything. Except when it comes to classic margaritas. But if you prefer a smoother drink with less of a bite, then you can always sweeten it up a bit with agave, honey, or homemade simple syrup. I would start with ½ a tbsp of agave and taste before adding any ice. The ice cuts out the sweeter and makes you add more and more to get it even a bit sweet. If you still don’t feel that it’s sweet enough then 1 tbsp in total should be just right.
If you don’t have agave don’t worry, you can also use honey in a 1 to 1 ratio. We use honey to sweeten up all of our drinks, so I highly recommend trying honey for any sweet alternative. You can also make homemade simple syrup, which is just equal parts of dissolved water and sugar. Half a cup of each heated up over a saucepan will be more than enough and it can be refrigerated for about a month.
Ingredients for Classic Margarita
- 1 shot of Lime Juice
- 2 shots of Tequila of your choice (reposado preferred)
- 1 shot of Orange Liqueur (Cointreau, Grand Marnier or Triple Sec)
- 1 tbsp Agave (optional)
- Margarita salt or kosher salt for rim
- ½ lime to wet the cup rim
- Sliced lime for cup rim
Recipe for Classic Margarita
- You will need 1 juicy lime cut in half and extra lime for garnish
- With lemon Squeers, press the juice out of the lime and then put the juice to the side.
- Get your cocktail shaker or mixing cup and add the tequila, orange liqueur, lime juice, and agave if you prefer your drink sweet.
- I personally add some ice to the cocktail shaker to really get the drink going.
- For decor, use half lime to rub the rim of your margarita glass.
- Then on a small plate put a few shakes of salt on it to dip your lime rubbed glass to get salted.
- Lastly, add 5 ice cubes, pour your margarita in, and enjoy responsibly.