Margaritas

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

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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.
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  • YUM! Even at 7:49am. LOL

  • B

    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.

  • 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 :).

  • Suzanne

    These are wonderful. Perfect to relax after a long day at work. I’ll definitely be making them again and again. Thanks!

  • My husband bought tequila for the holiday weekend. This will be perfect!

  • Gayle Snyder

    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.

  • Michelle

    My family and I consider ourselves margarita EXPERTS. These sound delicious. I will definitely try them! Thanks!

  • Tricia O

    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.

  • edna

    will definitely buy all ingredients to make this….
    delicious

  • Gayle Snyder

    This drink is so easy to make with this recipe. I can’t get a better margarita going out.

  • Nica Damo

    wow!..,this is great i’ll make this one..,

  • Tami

    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!

  • Amanda S.

    If you like your margaritas spicy, you can infuse the tequila with jalepenos overnight and it gives it a little kick.

  • Gayle Snyder

    At our family reunion last week, the margaritas were flowing. This is such an easy recipe and the best one I have tried.

  • Bruce

    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.

    • Jen

      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?

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