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. Those who prepare their own Margaritas 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. Follow this cocktail recipe to make your best Margarita.
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.
You can store simple syrup in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 1 month.