Classic Margaritas


(Adapted, barely, from a recipe on Serious Eats)


Note: Serious Eats claims that this works best with a high quality tequila. If you use a budget tequila, they suggest it would be better if you swapped the proportions of the Cointreau and lime juice and added ¼ ounce simple sugar for each drink.


Serves 2


Lime wedge, plus 2 lime wheels (optional, for serving)

1 tablespoon coarse salt, for glass rims

4 ounces high quality blanco tequila (See note above)

2 ounces Cointreau

1½ ounces fresh lime juice (about 2 limes)


1.   Run the lime wedge around the rim of two glasses and dip in the salt.

2.   Put the tequila, Cointreau, and lime juice in a cocktail shaker (or Blender Bottle). Add several ice cubes and shake until the cocktail shaker frosts over on the bottom or the Blender Bottle feels cold, about 15 seconds.

3.   Strain the margarita into both glasses. Add ice cubes. Garnish with lime wheel, if desired, and serve.