It just occurred to me that I have a hard time making any type of tequila cocktail without dropping in at least a few jalapeños. Until today, I had 3(!) blog posts for spicy margaritas and not one classic margarita recipe. What can I say? I like spicy food, and I like spicy drinks… but I have friends and family members who like their cocktails cool and refreshing without that fiery aftertaste. So, drumroll please… here’s a classic homemade margarita recipe!
This margarita is easy to make, and it’s every bit as delicious as the spicy one, although, if you still want the jalapeño option, keep reading.
When you’re making cocktails at home, the most important thing is to make them to your liking. If you prefer a sweeter drink, you can add more agave to this recipe even a splash of orange juice. If you like a stiffer drink, add more tequila and Cointreau. I like mine really tangy, just as the recipe is written.
Margarita Recipe Variations
You can easily use this recipe to make a lighter skinny margarita – just make a half recipe and top your glass with sparkling water, like I do in this paloma recipe. If you want something fruitier, try making watermelon margaritas, or make spicy drinks with jalapeño.
What to Serve With Margaritas
Right now, I’m really loving this mango salsa and this seven layer dip! If you’re looking for entree ideas, you can’t go wrong with tacos, stuffed poblano or bell peppers, nachos, or grilled avocados. Bottoms up!
- 1 ounce tequila
- 1 ounce Cointreau or Grand Marnier
- 1 ounce fresh lime juice, plus lime slices for garnish
- ½ ounce agave nectar, or to taste
- Sea salt, for the rim
- Salt the rim of the glass by rubbing a lime wedge around the edge and dipping it onto a small plate of salt.
- Mix the tequila, Cointreau, and lime juice into the glass and fill the remainder of the glass with crushed ice. Stir and add the agave nectar, if desired, to sweeten. If it’s too strong, wait a little bit for the ice to melt.