This classic margarita recipe is by far the most asked-for recipe and our favorite cocktail. For some reason, people think making a classic margarita is hard. It shouldn’t be! It only uses 4 ingredients! This recipe is simple and straightforward, it skips the sweet and sour mess, using fresh lime for that perfect zing. Easy to make, always a hit when crafted just right – it’s a foolproof crowd-pleaser. With the right balance of tequila, triple sec, agave, and lime, you can’t go wrong with this refreshing and uncomplicated cocktail. It’s the go-to choice for those who appreciate the beauty of simplicity in a glass. Cheers to the classic margarita, a guaranteed way to elevate any gathering!

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classic margarita

how to make a classic margarita


  • 2 oz tequila blanco
  • 1 oz fresh lime juice
  • ¾ oz orange liqueur 
  • ¼ oz agave


Salt rim of final glass if desired. In a cocktail shaker, combine all ingredients with ice. Shake until chilled. Strain into a double rocks glass filled with ice. Garnish with a lime wheel and enjoy! Cin Cin! 

classic margarita ingredients

skip the sweet and sour in a classic margarita

Sweet and sour mixes in most margaritas often contain high levels of added sugars, artificial flavors, and preservatives, contributing to an overly sweet and artificial taste. Opting for fresh lime juice in a margarita is a sign of a well-crafted drink because it brings a natural, tangy freshness without the excessive sugar and artificial additives. Fresh lime juice not only enhances the flavor but also provides a cleaner and more authentic taste, allowing the true character of the tequila and other ingredients to shine. A well-made margarita focuses on the simplicity of quality ingredients, and using fresh lime juice is a key step in achieving that delicious, balanced cocktail experience.

classic margarita

classic margarita


Hi there, 
We are Elise and Evan and we're so glad you are here! Cheffing up tasty bites and sips is our love language and we are very happy to share these recipes with you. We both have valuable restaurant experience and have learned a thing or two about making tasty bites and sips. Through Carnelian Cooks we are sharing all of our tips and tricks! Please provide a comment or feedback below on any recipes that you give a try. 

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