Tequila, Cointreau or triple sec and fresh limes are the ingredients of a classic, simple margarita recipe. Its simplicity allows for variations, such as a pomegranate margarita or a frozen margarita.
To make a margarita, combine 1/2 cup triple sec or Cointreau, 1/2 cup fresh lime juice, 1/2 cup water and 3/4 cup tequila in a pitcher. Serve over ice in glasses. Though salt is optional, it is an ingredient in most classic margarita recipes. Bartenders typically rub the rim of a glass with lime and dip the rim into the salt, that is, if a customer requests rocks and salt.
Cocktail recipes are blueprints. Feel free to vary amounts of ingredients according to taste. Experiment with different types of the same ingredient. For example, try margaritas with different types of tequila, such as blue agave varieties or mixed varieties. Explore different forms of triple sec, which is essentially an orange liqueur.
For a basic pomegranate margarita, add 1/2 cup of triple sec, 1/2 cup pomegranate juice, 1/2 cup tequila and 1/2 cup powdered sugar to a blender. Blend until smooth. To make a frozen margarita, combine simple syrup, silver tequila, triple sec, lime juice and lime zest in a pitcher. Pour the mixture into a baking dish. Freeze it for 3 hours, stirring it every 30 minutes.