Authentic Margarita

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Recipe: #34437

March 03, 2020

"This is how margaritas are served in Mexico. They use real lime juice instead of the prepared stuff you see in most restaurants/bars. If you like your margarita on the sweet side, you can sweeten this by adding a bit of cane sugar to the shaker. From a Mexican Cookery Cookbook by Barbara Hansen."

Original is 1 serving


  • Serving Size: 1 (212 g)
  • Calories 76.8
  • Total Fat - 0.3 g
  • Saturated Fat - 0 g
  • Cholesterol - 0 mg
  • Sodium - 465.8 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 21.4 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 4.4 g
  • Sugars - 7.1 g
  • Protein - 1.6 g
  • Calcium - 44.2 mg
  • Iron - 0.8 mg
  • Vitamin C - 44.8 mg
  • Thiamin - 0 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

Rub rim of glass with the lime wedge and swirl the glass in salt to coat rim.

Step 2

Combine the rest of the ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake vigorously.

Step 3

Strain into the prepared glass.

Step 4

Enjoy in moderation!


No special items needed.

Editorial Notes

The ingredient tips, suggestions, variations, facts, questions and answers below are not edits to the original author's recipe. They are not meant to imply any change would improve the recipe. They're offered for convenience, alternative ideas, and points of interest. If you have any comments about them, please post in the Help & Ideas forum.

  • When selecting tequila, opt for a quality brand such as Jose Cuervo or Patron.
  • For the best flavor, use freshly squeezed lime juice rather than pre-made juice.

  • Substitute agave nectar for the triple sec to make a low-sugar margarita. The benefit of this substitution is that it will reduce the amount of sugar in the drink, making it a healthier option.
  • Substitute freshly squeezed orange juice for the lime juice to give the drink a more citrusy flavor. The benefit of this substitution is that it will add a more complex flavor profile to the drink, making it more interesting and flavorful.

Frozen Margarita Combine all ingredients in a blender with 1/4 cup of ice and blend until smooth. Rim the glass with salt and pour in the blended margarita. Enjoy in moderation!

: Mexican Street Corn:

: Mexican Street Corn is a delicious side dish to pair with the Authentic Margarita. It is a classic Mexican dish that is made with grilled corn, mayonnaise, cotija cheese, and chili powder. It is a great way to add a bit of spice and flavor to your meal!

Chile Relleno: Chile Relleno is a traditional Mexican dish made with roasted poblano pepper stuffed with cheese and lightly fried in an egg batter. It is a great accompaniment to the Authentic Margarita and Mexican Street Corn, as it adds an additional layer of flavor and spice to the meal. The cheese inside the pepper adds a creamy and salty element that pairs perfectly with the margarita.


Q: How much sugar should I add to the margarita?

A: It depends on how sweet you'd like your margarita to be. If you want a sweeter margarita, add a bit of cane sugar to the shaker. Start with a teaspoon and adjust as needed.

Q: What is the best tequila to use in a margarita?

A: Blanco or silver tequilas work best for margaritas. Look for a 100% agave tequila with good flavor and quality. Reposado or añejo tequilas can also be used for a more complex flavor.

1 Reviews


Wowzers! The proportions are spot on! One sip and I thought I felt a buzz... LOL! Used Hornitos and Grand Marnier, so this is the cadillac version. So good - thanks for sharing!


review by:
(16 Aug 2022)

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Fun facts:

Fun Fact 1: The Margarita is believed to have been created in 1938 by Carlos "Danny" Herrera at his restaurant in Tijuana, Mexico. He named it after a customer, Margarita Sames, who enjoyed the drink.

Fun Fact 2: The Margarita has become a favorite of many celebrities, including John Wayne, Frank Sinatra, and Marilyn Monroe who famously said, “I feel sorry for people who don't drink. When they wake up in the morning, that's as good as they're going to feel all day.”