Margaritas

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Citrusy and slightly sweet, these margaritas go down easy.

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. It’s easier than using an artificial margarita mix or frozen concentrate and so much better tasting. A little fresh lime juice is also a must. Salt on the rim of the glass is optional but I definitely recommend it — a little goes a long way in making all the sweet and sour flavors pop.

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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Margaritas

Citrusy and slightly sweet, these margaritas go down easy.

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.

Gluten-Free Adaptable Note

To the best of my knowledge, all of the ingredients used in this recipe are gluten-free or widely available in gluten-free versions. There is hidden gluten in many foods; if you're following a gluten-free diet or cooking for someone with gluten allergies, always read the labels of your ingredients to verify that they are gluten-free.

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Reviews & Comments

  • Love this recipe – I make it in a pitcher and it is loved by all – not to sweet – just sweet enough!

    • — Julia Lopresti on January 28, 2021
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  • Perfect!

    • — DonnaB on July 6, 2020
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    • I love margaritas! And this recipe is a winner! I made it with tequila infused with serrano peppers. Perfect balance of sweet and sour. Instead of a salted rim, I like to sprinkle a little sea salt into the drink. I will be making this again! Thank You!!!

      • — Tiana on August 15, 2020
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  • Hi Jenn …
    what kind of tequila do you recommend?

    • — Georgia Thompson on July 3, 2020
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    • Hi Georgia, this is the one I generally use. Hope you enjoy the margaritas! 🙂

      • — Jenn on July 4, 2020
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      • Hi Jenn:

        When reading your reply to Georgia on 7/4/20, I did not see your choice of tequila listed. I’d love to know as I’ve been wondering which ingredients would produce the best margarita. Great idea to use Newman’s Own Limeade. Thank you!

        • — Susan Grondin on October 9, 2020
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        • Sorry, Susan — I forgot to add the link! I use 1800 Silver tequila. 🙂

          • — Jenn on October 9, 2020
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        • I cannot find Newman’s Own limeade sold anywhere near me. Could recommend others?

          • — Jackie on March 30, 2021
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          • Hi Jackie, Simply Limeade would also work here. You can also make your own limeade. It’s just a combination of lime juice, sugar, and water. You could make it to taste or look for a recipe online. Hope that helps!

            • — Jenn on March 30, 2021
  • Delicious!! This is the perfect mix. I love that it’s not too sour. Your recipes amaze me 💚 Do you by chance know of a good Paloma recipe?

    • — Dorothy on May 26, 2020
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    • So glad you enjoyed these! 🙂 I don’t have a Paloma recipe of my own but this one from Epicurious looks good and gets positive reviews (please keep in mind that I haven’t tried it myself).

      • — Jenn on May 27, 2020
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