How to Make Margaritas

By TBSP Susan
Created March 9, 2017
Bring a taste of sunny Mexico into your own kitchen with these tips on making the best ever margarita. MORE+ LESS-

Una Margarita Por Favor! How to Make the Best-Ever Margaritas

Bring a taste of sunny Mexico into your own kitchen with these tips on making the best ever margarita.

If you know how to make margaritas, the party will always come to you. Three basic ingredients are all that's required to make the best margaritas -- everything else you will already have in your kitchen. So let's mix it up.

Say "Hola" to the Ingredients

  • 2 oz Tequila - Reposado gives the best flavor, but any will do.

  • 1/2 oz Triple Sec - Look for Cointreau, or any orange-flavored liqueur.

  • 1 oz Lime Juice - Straight from the lime (probably about 1/2 a lime is enough, but it depends on how juicy your fruit is).

  • 2 tsp Superfine sugar

  • Ice

  • Salt

Make It Authentic

Get your glasses ready before you start mixing the margarita. Use a lime wedge to wipe around the rim of the glass, and dip the glass into a saucer of salt. If you are making a few of these for your crew, then just use lime juice and salt on half the glass—that way they have a choice of how to enjoy their drink. Fill the glass with ice. Glasses prepared, we can now mix the drink.

Mix It Up

There is a reason James Bond likes his cocktails "shaken not stirred." The method used to mix your drink is a big deal when it comes to the final result.

Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker, and tip in a cup of ice. Now shake it, baby! It only takes a few seconds of shaking action before you can pour it into the glass over ice.

If you don't have a cocktail shaker, then use a travel mug. They look much the same, and they'll also keep the contents of your tequila-laden drink cool, just like a conventional shaker does.

Make a Frozen Margarita

It's a good idea to frost your glass in the freezer for a few hours before you start making a frozen margarita, but you don't have to. Freeze the lime juice into ice cube trays. Using the same quantities as above, blend all ingredients on medium speed for no more than 15 seconds—keep checking it. You want it smooth, but not pulverized so much the ice begins to melt.

Different Flavor, Different Color

Now you know how to make margaritas, there are a few twists you can use to impress your people by creating some less conventional margarita concoctions.

A strawberry margarita is a popular choice among those preferring sweeter tasting cocktails. Simply substitute the fresh lime juice for 1 1/2 oz of limeade, and add a handful of strawberries into the mix. Use frozen strawberries and mix ingredients in a blender to create a frozen strawberry margarita.

Use blue curaçao in place of triple sec to create a blue margarita cocktail with a very similar taste.

There are many more ways of adding your own unique twist to a margarita, so why not experiment with some fruity flavors? Either puree up some fruit in a blender or try some fruity liqueurs in place of triple sec. You can also spice things up by adding a splash of Tabasco on top of the margarita -- that'll really get the party started. When you do come up with your own special blend, please share with the rest of us!

Margarita Recipes

If you're new to the margarita game, you might want to play with some instructions. Here are a few fruity flavors to start you off:

Here's the basic margarita recipe from above. Happy mixing!

What's your favorite margarita flavor?