A Perfect Margarita Cocktail

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5 minutes
1 Margarita Cocktail

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A Perfect Margarita Cocktail quenches the thirst like no other. The weekend is nearing so I ask, ‘what is your cocktail plan?’

A Perfect Margarita Cocktail begins with a fantastic Blanco tequila and bunches of fresh limes. We do not fool around here on weekends, we go straight to Costco and grab the biggie bag-o-limes. The weekend is nearing so I ask, ‘what is your cocktail plan?’ A Perfect Margarita Cocktail quenches the thirst like no other. The temperatures in Charleston, South Carolina are already topping 90 degrees, and it is only the first week of May. It’s time…

A bowl of fruit sitting on a table, with Margarita and Lime

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This elixir is super easy to shake up at home, and I like to partake on Friday’s after work while I am prepping dinner with my family and friends. Have some chips and guacamole “at the ready” and get shaking. Think salty snack foods like the corn chips and guac, and heavy snacky foods like Crostini with Brie, Coppa and Raspberry or a platter of chips, vegies, and crackers around a big bowl of Tasty Roasted Garlic Dip. All these snacks are as easy to put together on short notice as A Perfect Margarita Cocktail is to shake up.

If I am doing a small batch of Margaritas, I juice by hand using my wooden citrus juicer, but my juice press saves my hands when I am batching lots of limes for a party.

This recipe uses 2:1:1 measurements of tequila to lime juice to Agave nectar. 

Choosing a good tequila or a smokey Mezcal is essential to creating a superior margarita. The liquor is the main ingredient and anything other than a good quality liquor will only bring the drink down. Pick up a medium to high-end Blanco or reposado tequila for this cocktail. If you like earthy, a smokey Mezcal is sure to leave an impression. Really, the best tequila for a perfect Margarita cocktail is whatever your favorite tequila is. I recently picked up a bottle of Camarena to set beside my old standby Don Julio and found the taste both lighter and smoother. This recipe uses 2:1:1 measurements of tequila to fresh lime juice to Agave nectar. You could go heavier on the nectar if you preferred your libation sweeter.

Conscientiously evaluated, night after tequila-drenched night, I can 100% guarantee that this old school perfect margarita cocktail recipe will not disappoint.

So, are you a salted rim person? If you salt your rim, experiment with flavored salts like chili or orange, or a sugar and salt combination. My household goes old school and salt-less. Before you pooh pooh us, know that we each drink a double right out of the gate. YEP. Who has not had a fun night toasting Margaritas with friends? Bring on sultry summer porch entertaining because we have Margaritas.

Whether you prefer to go with a good quality Blanco Tequila, or a smokey Mescal, know this Margarita recipe will hit all of the correct notes.
A bowl of food on a table, with Juice and Lime
A close up of a glass of  Margarita

A Perfect Margarita Cocktail

Jenny DeRemer
A Perfect Margarita Cocktail quenches the thirst like no other. The weekend is nearing so I ask, ‘what is your cocktail plan?’
4.50 from 2 votes
Servings: 1 Margarita Cocktail
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Drinks
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 1 Margarita Cocktail
Calories 226 kcal


  • 2 ounces quality Tequila or Mezcal
  • 1 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 ounce Agave nectar
  • ice


  • Fill a cocktail shaker with ice to the top.
  • Measure out 2 ounces of liquor to 1 ounce of freshly squeezed lime juive to 1 ounce Agave nectar and add all to shaker.
  • Replace top and shake vigorously for 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Strain into cocktail glass that has been rimmed with salt, sugar, or a combination of both. Go naked if you dare.

The nutrition value can vary depending on what product(s) you use. The information below is an estimate. Always use a calorie counter you are familiar with.

Please note that table salt and iodized salt are NOT substitutions for Kosher salt. Do not deviate unless otherwise specified.


Serving: 1servingsCalories: 226kcalCarbohydrates: 24gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSodium: 2mgSugar: 20gVitamin C: 9mg
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