Margaritas

5 stars based on 2 votes

Perfect-Margaritas

Citrusy and slightly sweet, these margaritas are a more refined version of the syrupy-sweet, fake tasting margaritas served at many bars and restaurants.  They go down easy — in fact, whenever I make them for a party, I simply cannot keep up with the demand! The trick is to use a good quality, all-natural limeade, such as Newman’s Own. (I don’t usually like juices from a carton but this stuff is really good. Try it!) It’s easier than using an artificial margarita mix or frozen concentrate and so much better for you. Fresh lime juice is also a must — no bottled stuff! And finally, salt on the rim of the glass is optional but I definitely recommend it; too much is unappealing but a little goes a long way in bringing out all the sweet and sour flavors.

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Serve with Roasted Garlic Guacamole and tortilla chips. Cheers!

Note: If you want to prepare a pitcher instead of making individual cocktails, simply adjust the quantities for the number of drinks you need. Mix the limeade, tequila, Cointreau and lime juice in a pitcher, keep cool, then pour into prepared glasses over ice when ready to serve.

Margaritas

Servings: 1 drink
Total Time: 5 Minutes

Ingredients

  • 4 ounces (1/2 cup) all-natural limeaid, such as Newman's Own
  • 1-1/2 ounces (3 tablespoons or 1 shot) Tequila
  • 1/2 ounce (1 tablespoon) orange liqueur, such as Cointreau or Grand Marnier
  • 1/2 ounce (1 tablespoon) fresh lime juice, from 1/2 a lime
  • Lime slices, for garnish
  • Coarse salt for rimming the glass

Instructions

  1. Place coarse salt on a small plate. Rub rim of glass with lime wedge and dip in coarse salt if desired. Add ice to glass if using.
  2. Combine drink ingredients in a cocktail shaker, add some ice and shake vigorously, then strain into prepared glass. Garnish rim with lime slice.
  3. Note: If you want to prepare a pitcher instead of making individual cocktails, simply adjust the quantities for the number of drinks you need. Mix the limeade, tequila, Cointreau and lime juice in a pitcher, keep cool, then pour into prepared glasses over ice when ready to serve.

Reviews & Comments

  • 5 stars

    This is the perfect ‘rita! Best I’ve ever had!

    - Shannon on December 3, 2014 Reply
  • 5 stars

    This is one of the easiest and best tasting margaritas I have made. It’s always a hit and is sooooo much better than the pre-made mixes

    - Cindy on July 23, 2014 Reply
  • It never fails to wow me that people will tell you that foods are healthy (Newman’s Own Limeade) and in the same breath have you combine it with a known lethal human toxin (alcohol). The same dichotomy exists at Trader Joe’s i.e. they sell “health foods” but over a third of their revenue is from alcohol. Don’t get me wrong, I love good margaritas.

    - Bruce on March 22, 2013 Reply
    • Wow, “Don’t-get-me-wrong-Bruce”, your post is confusing… on one hand you insult the blog’s author and on the other hand you say, “love good m…” So, what is your HEALTHY recipe?

      - Jen on August 7, 2013 Reply
  • At our family reunion last week, the margaritas were flowing. This is such an easy recipe and the best one I have tried.

    - Gayle Snyder on June 24, 2012 Reply
  • If you like your margaritas spicy, you can infuse the tequila with jalepenos overnight and it gives it a little kick.

    - Amanda S. on June 20, 2012 Reply
  • Tried this at my last summer party and was a huge hit! This is by far the most refreshing tasting margarita I’ve ever had!

    - Tami on June 20, 2012 Reply
  • wow!..,this is great i’ll make this one..,

    - Nica Damo on June 6, 2012 Reply
  • This drink is so easy to make with this recipe. I can’t get a better margarita going out.

    - Gayle Snyder on May 18, 2012 Reply
  • will definitely buy all ingredients to make this….
    delicious

    - edna on May 15, 2012 Reply
  • I’ve never heard of Newman’s own limeade. I hope my grocery store carries. This looks so yummy. Right now, I could use one of these.

    - Tricia O on March 8, 2012 Reply
  • My family and I consider ourselves margarita EXPERTS. These sound delicious. I will definitely try them! Thanks!

    - Michelle on March 1, 2012 Reply
  • was wondering if you could give me a recipe for a pitcherful. When I try to increase it, it’s just not as good. Love it though.

    - Gayle Snyder on September 1, 2011 Reply
  • My husband bought tequila for the holiday weekend. This will be perfect!

    - Jennifer on July 2, 2010 Reply
  • These are wonderful. Perfect to relax after a long day at work. I’ll definitely be making them again and again. Thanks!

    - Suzanne on May 20, 2010 Reply
  • It may not be a traditional margarita, but it sure does look and sound delicious! I’ll have to give it a try on a hot summer night :).

    - Lauren on May 20, 2010 Reply
  • These look great, but I would never use Patron for a Margarita. Why mask the great flavor it has with other stronger flavors? Use something like a Sauza Hornitos for mixing and drink your Patron straight.

    - B on May 20, 2010 Reply
  • YUM! Even at 7:49am. LOL

    - the domestic mama on May 19, 2010 Reply

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