Simple Margarita Recipe: Original Margarita

Margaritas, margaritas, margaritas… what would tequila parties be without argaritas? They’d be duller, that’s for sure…


Margaritas have become must-have cocktail at any bar that prides itself in being one. Most tequila cocktails are simple margarita recipes, varyig only in proportions or ingredients. However, is there such a thing as the original margarita?

The answer’s yes, with a small catch… no one knows for sure who invented the margarita. Legend has it some cocktail recipe books referred to it in the 30s, but it wasn’t until the 40s that it received the name “Margarita”…

But you’re not here for a history class on margaritas. I promised you the simplest margarita recipe of them all and I intend to deliver on that promise.

How to make a margarita… not only that, but how simple can a simple margarita get? Very simple! This classic margarita mixes tequila, tequila, orange liqueur, and lime juice. That’s it.

I do recommend a using a 2:1:1 tequila, orange liqueur, lime juice ratio, but others use 1:1:1 and even 3:2:1 ratios fairly effectively. My recommendation? Try this recipe out my way and then adjust to best suit your taste.

Ready? On we go…

Simple Margarita Recipe

Cook time: 5 minutes.

Makes: 1 serving.


- 2 parts blanco tequila

- 1 part Cointreau

- 1 part lime juice

- ice

- salt

- margarita glass


Rim the edge of your margarita glass using a lime. Pour and shake the tequila, Cointreau, and lime juice along with ice in a shaker. Then shake, shake, shake away and… voila! Your margarita is ready.

Serve unstrained into the margarita glass.

Summing things up...

Easy margarita, right? There’s a charming innocence in going back to the basics and this simple recipe is no exception. Tequila, orange liqueur, and lime… the flavorful trio that’ll make your day.

Learn to use them wisely and they’ll pay you back tenfold!

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