Margarita cocktail recipe

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This classic margarita is a delicious short cocktail with lime, tequila and Mexican soul.

Margarita cocktail with a slice of lime garnish
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Preparation Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins

This classic Mexican Margarita cocktail is a refreshing iced blend of tequila, triple sec and lime juice. 

To serve it up with a really professional feel, frost the glass around the rim with lime juice and a layer of salt. This gives a lovely sharp saltiness to each sip. Triple sec is an orange-flavoured liqueur sometimes called Curacao but you can use Cointreau or Grand Marnier instead. For a colourful blue Margarita use blue Curacao. Serve garnished with a wedge or slice of fresh lime or a twist of lime peel. Being Mexican, this is a great cocktail to serve with sharer platters like nachos or tortillas.


  • 25ml fresh lime juice
  • Salt
  • Ice cubes and crushed ice
  • 35ml tequila
  • 20ml triple sec




  1. Rub the rim of a martini cocktail glass or small tumbler with a little of the lime juice then dip lightly in the salt to frost. Place a couple of ice cubes in the glass.
  2. Half fill a cocktail shaker with crushed ice and add the tequila, triple sec and remaining lime juice. Shake thoroughly then strain into the glass and serve.

Top tip for making this Margarita cocktail

How do you frost a glass with salt?

Pour a small amount of salt into a saucer larger than the rim of the glass. Use a wedge of lime to dampen the rim of the glass then dip it into the salt. If you prefer a less pronounced saltiness, dip only half the glass rim into the salt.

How can you make this into a frozen Margarita?

To make a frozen Margarita process the crushed iced, tequila, triple sec and lime juice in a blender until slushy. Pour into the glass (without the ice cubes).

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