In its simplest and classic form, a margarita consists of a mix of tequila, triple sec and lime juice served neat, on the rocks or frozen, usually with salt or sugar on the rim. The margarita is a very popular cocktail, and there is no shortage of recipes and variations.
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 traditional margarita, mix 3 tablespoons of tequila with 1 1/2 tablespoons each of triple sec and lime juice. Pour over ice, and add salt to the rim or a lime wedge as a garnish.
One blended margarita recipe calls for five ounces of 100 percent agave tequila, six ounces of frozen limeade concentrate, an ounce of orange liqueur, and three cups of ice. To make the drink, simply add all ingredients to a blender and mix until the ice has broken up.
To make a great margarita for a party, combine 1 1/2 ounces of tequila, an ounce of lime juice and 1/2 an ounce of Cointreau in a salt-rimmed glass full of crushed ice. Stir gently a few times until the drink is chilled, then serve immediately.
Strawberries, blueberries, watermelon and honeydew melon are all great fruits to use in margarita recipes. Coconut, limes, cherries and passion fruit can add a special twist to a classic margarita, as found on Yummly.com.
For a classic frozen margarita, add 1 cup ice cubes, 2 ounces tequila, 2 tablespoons each of triple sec and lime juice, and 1 teaspoon of simple syrup into a blender and blend until smooth. For a strawberry version, add 1/2 cup strawberries to the blender.
A virgin margarita consists of 1 ounce lime juice, 1 ounce lemon juice, 2 ounces simple syrup and 1 ounce orange juice. Combine these ingredients in a cocktail shaker, shake and pour over ice to serve.
Margarita mix stays fresh for up to 12 months. The mix should be refrigerated after it is opened. Margarita mix may start to change color or texture after 12 months.
An easy, classic Margarita recipe combines tequila, triple sec, fresh lime juice, salt and a fresh-cut lime over ice. Sour mix may be used when fresh lime juice is not available, but most prefer the fresh version.