Combining the tang of lime and the sweetness of orange liqueur with the distinctive strength of tequila, this classic Margarita strikes all of the right keys. Although many people reach for pre-made sour mix, it is so much better when using fresh lime juice. The end result is—let’s face it—superior.

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3/4 ounce fresh squeezed lime juice
1 ounce cointreau, triple sec or another orange liqueur
1 1/2 ounces blanco tequila
kosher salt (optional)
lime wheel


Add the ingredients to a shaker filled with ice and shake.

Strain into a chilled cocktail glass or rocks glass filled with fresh ice.

Garnish with a lime wheel.

For a slightly sweeter drink, add a dash of agave syrup (one part water, two parts agave nectar) before shaking.


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