Margaritas with Freshly Squeezed Lime Juice
Margaritas are the perfect summer cocktail to pair with Mexican food or to lay back and drink on a lazy Sunday afternoon. This version of a traditional Margarita recipe consists of tequila, triple sec, and lime juice served with salt on the rim of the glass.
Margaritas are often prepared a bit different when ordered out. Some bartenders don’t even add lime juice, but instead, add sour mix with a splash of lime or orange.
People who make their own sometimes opt for a sweetened concentrated lime juice (like Rose’s) instead of freshly squeezed lime juice. I’m here to tell you that the juice from a freshly squeezed lime makes all the difference. FYI – it normally takes around 4 limes to get 2 ounces of lime juice.
To make your best Margarita follow this recipe and then read The Mysterious History of the Margarita.
- 3 ounces tequila
- 2 ounces Triple Sec
- 2 ounces freshly squeezed lime juice
- 1 ounce simple syrup
- Coarse salt, (for the rim of the Margarita glass)
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup water
- Make the simple syrup by combining the sugar and water together in a small saucepan. Cook over low heat, stirring until the sugar dissolves. Set the mixture aside until it cools.
- Cut limes into quarters and use a lime press (or any other kitchen gadget) to squeeze the juice out of the limes. Place the juice aside. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add tequila, freshly squeezed lime juice and simple syrup. Cover and shake until mixed and chilled (about 30 seconds).
- Coat the rim of a Margarita glass with some lime juice and then fill a plate with some coarse salt. Flip the Margarita glass upside down and move in a circular motion, so the rim is coated with salt. Fill the Margarita glass with your cocktail and use a lime for garnish. Sit back, relax and enjoy.