classic margarita

Classic Margarita Cocktail

There are many margaritas in the world, but only one original recipe. The classic margarita is one of the easiest cocktails you can make from scratch and you’ll love the refreshing lime flavor backed by your favourite tequila.

The secret to a great margarita is in its simplicity. There is no great mystery to this iconic drink and it’s not complicated. The only ingredients you need are tequila, triple sec, and lime juice. Once you find that ideal balance of flavour, you’ll realize just how delicious a fresh margarita is. It’s also so easy that it’s hard to justify buying a bottled margarita mix!

There are three basic ways you can serve a margarita: straight up (as in this recipe), on the rocks, or frozen. The next question is whether to rim your glass with salt or sugar or to leave it bare. The possibilities are endless and a margarita glass is not required.

Please note – we use ml as a measurement (millilitres) for alcohol.  As a rough guide to converting ml to fluid ounces, work on the simple maths of 1:30.  1 fluid ounce is about 30ml.  (before the nerds start commenting, yes, we know, it’s actually 29.5735295ml to a US fluid ounce, but let’s keep it simple)


  • 50ml tequila
  • 25ml of triple sec
  • 25ml of lime juice (if it’s fresh) or 5ml-10ml if it’s cordial
  • Garnish: lime wedge
  • Optional: salt to coat the rim of the glass.

Side Notes

You will notice that the ratio for mixing the alcohol on a Classic Margarita is 2:1:1 (2 parts tequila, one part triple sec, and one part lime juice).  You can use this ration to scale up the requirements if you’re making drinks for more than one person at the same time.  For 3 people, simply multiply all the requirements by 3.

Steps to Make The Classic Margarita

    1. If desired, salt the rim of a chilled cocktail or margarita glass – it’s great for presentation and also for adding some diversity to the flavours of the drink.

    2. Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice cubes.

    3. Shake well, until the outside of the cocktail glass is ice cold.

    4. Strain into the prepared glass with or without fresh ice.

    5. Garnish with a lime wedge.

Important Points

The quality of the tequila that you use to make any tequila-based cocktails can really make or break a cocktail.  The Classic Margarita is no exception.  If you use bad tequila then this will affect the overall taste of the cocktail.  Look for a 100% agave tequila or one that we recommend as a cost-effective alternative, such as Sip N Sip Gold (click here) or Sip N Sip Silver (click here)

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