Classic Margarita

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 10 min.


1 serving

Updated: Aug. 23, 2023
A classic margarita recipe doesn't need anything other than tequila, Triple Sec and fresh lime juice. When you're making the cocktail, make sure you squeeze the limes correctly for the ultimate freshness. —James Schend, Dairy Freed
Classic Margarita Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1 lime wedge
  • Coarse sea salt, optional
  • 1-1/2 ounces blanco tequila
  • 1 ounce Triple Sec
  • 1/2 ounce freshly-squeezed lime juice


  1. Moisten rim of 1 cocktail glass with lime wedge. If desired, sprinkle salt on a plate; dip rim in salt. Fill glass with ice.
    In an empty cocktail shaker, combine tequila, Triple Sec and lime juice. Fill with ice; cover and shake until frost forms on the outside of the shaker, 15-20 seconds. Strain into prepared glass. Garnish with lime wedge.

Classic Margarita Recipe Tips

What's the best tequila for margaritas?

The best tequila for margaritas is a silver or blanco. These types of tequila have not been aged for a prolonged period of time, so they're clear, crisp and perfect for mixing.
Reposado tequila, on the other hand, is blanco tequila that has been aged in barrels for up to 1 year. It takes on the flavor of the wood barrels and may develop a darker honey color. It's best to use reposado tequila in heavier cocktails that have extra spice or need a bold flavor, but you can use it in margaritas if you'd like.

What can I use instead of Triple Sec for margaritas?

Triple Sec is a generic name for orange liqueur. There are many affordable orange liqueur brands that are labeled "Triple Sec," and they work perfectly fine for margaritas. However, for a higher-quality margarita with higher alcohol content, use an orange liqueur brand such as Cointreau, Grand Marnier or Curacao. (Here are other ways to upgrade a classic margarita.)

What's the best way to squeeze limes for a margarita?

Freshly squeezed lime juice is the way to go when it comes to preparing a margarita! Roll limes on a firm surface first to help release the juices, slice lengthwise and then squeeze! You can also run fork tines through the lime to help release any extra juice that's stuck in the flesh. If you are going to make a big batch of margaritas for a party, we suggest using a juicer or a handheld squeezer.

Research contributed by Sarah Fischer, Taste of Home Culinary Assistant

Nutrition Facts

1 serving: 206 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 3mg sodium, 15g carbohydrate (12g sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein.