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Best-Ever Classic Margarita

This is the only margarita recipe you'll ever need. Fresh lime juice makes this easy cocktail really pop. Try spicing it up by using chili-lime seasoning for the rims.

Serves 2
Ready in 7 mins
Prep time 7 mins
157 calories per serving


> 4 limes, divided
> Coarse salt or chili-lime seasoning, such as Tajin ®, for rims (optional)
> Ice, as needed
> 1/3 cup blanco or silver tequila
> 2 tbsp triple Sec
> 1 tbsp agave nectar or simple syrup


Squeeze 3 limes into a small bowl, aiming for ¼ cup juice. If desired, to a small plate, add the salt or chili-lime seasoning and spread in an even layer. Cut remaining lime in half. Run 1 lime half around the rims of margarita or rocks glasses. Dip the rims into the salt or chili-lime seasoning to adhere. Cut remaining lime half into wheels. Set aside.
Fill a large cocktail shaker with ice. To shaker, add lime juice, tequila, triple sec, and agave or simple syrup. Shake vigorously for 30 sec. Fill glasses with more ice. Strain margarita into glasses and garnish with lime wheels.


Must be 21 years or older to purchase or consume alcohol. Please drink responsibly.


To make simple syrup: In a medium saucepan, combine ½ cup sugar and ½ cup water. Bring to a boil, stirring until sugar has dissolved. Let cool. Transfer to a glass jar or container and seal tightly. Simple syrup will keep for up to 1 month.

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