Classic Margarita

Summer may be coming to an end, but margaritas are truly forever. Even though I LOVE a margarita in the summer, they truly are classic all year round (find my favorite fall drink here). And let me be clear. I love a good margarita, but not just any margarita. I have had one too many run ins with bad margaritas that I started to try to perfect my own recipe. There’s not much to it, but a couple simple additions can really level up an average margarita to a standout one. Let’s get to it:

margarita with a lime slice on gray surface

Abundant Ingredients

Once again, simple but classic. If you have the liquor and limes, you’ll likely have all the other ingredients. Tequila is my favorite liquor by far. By my top suggestion to make sure your margarita is incredible is to get 100% pure agave tequila. The flavor is so much cleaner and smoother to me than other tequilas. My favorite brands are for a good price are Altos and Espolon. Other than that, the orange and grapefruit addition is my secret (or not so secret anymore lol) ingredient. I normally juice several oranges, grapefruits, and add agave and combine and freeze this combo in ice cubes to have on hand. That truly is what levels up this margarita. The extra sweet and tart flavors help cut the strong citrus of the lime, leaving you with a smooth class margarita.

The (Classic Margarita) Process

margarita with a lime slice on gray surface

Basically, add all the ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice. Give it a good shake and then poor into a salted cocktail glass and Enjoy!

margarita with a lime slice on gray surface

Classic Margartia

Your new staple recipe for your go-to margarit
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Servings 1


  • ice
  • 2 oz tequila
  • 1 lime juiced
  • 1 oz orange and grapefruit juice
  • 1 tsp agave to taste
  • 1/2 oz water
  • margarita salt


  • Start by gathering a cocktail shaker and glass.
  • Add ice to the cocktail shaker. Then add the juice of 1 lime and tequila. Then add the juice of around 2 slices of orange and 1 grapefruit (equalling 1 oz, see my tip about freezing the orange/grape juice mixture). Finally add agave to taste (around 1 tsp) and a splash of water.
  • Once all the ingredients are in the shaker, shake it up. Use one of the squeezed limes to coat the rim of a cocktail glass, then dip in the margarita salt. Pour the completed margarita into the glass and enjoy!

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