My Classic Margarita

My Classic Margarita

I tend to force my recipes to evolve and mutate over the years, but when it comes to this margarita, I haven’t been able to do a single thing that actually improves it. Not that it can’t be improved upon … I’m sure it can. I just know I can’t improve it. So here it is again, preserved in all its historical glory.


  • 2 ounces 100% agave silver/blanco tequila (divided)
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 4 limes (divided)
  • 1/2 small Hamlin or Valencia orange
  • 2 tablespoons light agave nectar
  • 3/4 cup ice cubes (about 3 to 4)
  1. Pour 1/2 ounce of the tequila into a small saucer. Spread the kosher salt in a separate small saucer. Dip the rim of a martini or other wide rimmed glass into the tequila. Lift out of the tequila and hold upside down for 10 seconds to allow for slight evaporation. Next, dip the glass into the salt to coat the rim. Set aside.
  2. Halve 2 of the limes, cut a thin slice for garnish from one, and set aside. Juice the halved limes into the bottom of a Boston style cocktail shaker. Cut the remaining 2 limes and the orange into quarters and add to the juice. Add the agave nectar to the cocktail shaker and muddle for 2 minutes until juices release. Strain the juice mixture through a cocktail strainer into the top of the shaker and discard the spent fruit bodies.
  3. Return the juice to the bottom of the shaker, add the remaining 1 1/2 ounces of tequila and any remaining on the saucer. Add the ice to the shaker, cover and shake for 30 seconds. Strain the mixture through a cocktail strainer into the prepared glass, garnish with reserved lime slice, and serve immediately.


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  1. 1

    Response for Bryan: I think that measurements are loose to make the most out of your fruit. I can’t remember reading a recipe that ever said to use 79% of an orange and then throw the rest out. In your post, you did not mention how sweet the drink was to your taste. If it was sour to your taste then you could add a bit more syrup to your liking. It comes down to trial and error. The trial part being fun and getting to drink a few in slightly different ratios. After a few, you get a feel for how juicy a lime or orange is, to how sweet you like it to taste and then you can balance things accordingly. Trying a recipe over and over again makes it yours. In the end it is for you to like, not for you to make it exactly the way the author made it. Good luck in your endeavours.

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    Limes and oranges are not a unit of measurement, Alton. I made this and got tons of juice, the 2 tbspn agave and 2oz of tequila did nothing in the ocean of lime juice. Would 1 part tequila to 1 part lime/orange/agave liquid be right?

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    I tried making this using half a blood orange instead of a Valencia and it turned out very tasty, although it made the margarita itself pinkish-orange. I do think the salt was overpowering, though I don’t know why since I’ve had it on margaritas before and it never bothered me.

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