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simple margarita

Simple Margarita

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  • Author: Katherine | Love In My Oven
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 cocktail 1x


Want to know how to make margaritas at home? This is the BEST simple margarita recipe! It’s an easy, 3 ingredient margarita with basic ingredients. 


  • 2 oz good quality tequila*
  • 1 oz Cointreau (sub Triple Sec or Grand Marnier)
  • 1 oz fresh lime juice (~lime)**
  • salt, for the rim of the glass
  • ice
  • optional: 1/2 oz agave syrup or simple syrup, to sweeten up


  1. Use a wedge of lime to moisten the rim of a short cocktail glass and place the glass onto a small plate filled with sea salt, lining the edge with salt.
  2. In a cocktail shaker with 3 cubes of ice, add the tequila, Cointreau, and fresh lime juice. If using syrup, add it to the shaker! Now shake it baby! For about 10-15 seconds or until the shaker feels very cold. Strain out the cocktail from the shaker into the salt-rimmed glass.  Top with large cubes of ice, and a wedge or lime. Serve immediately!


*Use a good quality tequila! Since we’re not adding any other sweeteners, you’ll want a smooth, great quality brand of tequila. We like Casamigos.

**In a pinch, you can use the bottled lime juice, but trust me when I saw fresh lime juice is 10x better!

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Category: cocktails
  • Cuisine: mexican
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