Lemon Lime Margaritas

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Author Notes: Just getting ready for summer. - thirschfeldthirschfeld

Food52 Review: WHO: thirschfeld is FOOD52er whose photos, recipes, and writing impressed us so much, we gave him his own column.
WHAT: The perfect margarita, in our books.
HOW: Just juice, mix, and gulp. But watch yourself.
WHY WE LOVE IT: thirschfeld uses a bit less tequila and more Cointreau that the standard margarita formula, which made us think the drink might be sweet, but it's not -- it's smooth, tart, and drinkable as all get out.

Serves as many as you need

  • 1 equal part fresh lemon and lime juice
  • 1 part Cointreau
  • 1 part favorite tequila, the more expensive the less the hangover
  1. So if you have 1 oz. lemon, 1oz. lime, you have 2 oz. Cointreau and 2 oz tequila. Mix all of the above, stir and serve over crushed ice.
  2. Crushed ice is important, trust me.
  3. Make sure you don't have to go to work tomorrow and enjoy.

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over 1 year ago Veganosity

This looks so good! We have a similar margarita but we made it with sparkling water so it has a little bit of effervescence! It's so good! http://www.veganosity.com...


over 1 year ago John O. Lopez

2 parts Tequila to 1 part lemon/lime, 1 part Cointreau is standard at our place for last 35 years.


about 2 years ago Whats4Dinner

How did you get my recipe???? ;-)


over 2 years ago Dana614

I made this with Talero Tequila and it was delicious, I highly recommend


over 2 years ago thirschfeld

So glad you liked it!


over 2 years ago Dana614

Have you ever tried Talero Tequila, it's such a smooth tequila and when you use it in a mixed drink it makes it soooo much more enjoyable


over 2 years ago t3ch

I recall getting around 2 oz from 2 limes and 1-1.5 lemons (medium supermarket sized). 2oz from each was enough to get a cocktail glass (filled with ice) full. Given you're not topping off huge glasses and assuming a single serving, 25 of each would probably be a good starting point.


over 2 years ago Gessie

How much of each ingredient do I need to make this for 10 ppl?


about 2 years ago Whats4Dinner

use a measuring cup


almost 3 years ago t3ch

I ended up eventually trying with equal parts lime/lemon/orange and it was easier to drink. The original recipe as-is is quite good, I just can't drink more than 1 or 2 of them as it gets a bit powerful. The GF is a big fan of the recipe as-is.

Even with modifications this recipe is a great baseline for a quick and simple margarita.


over 3 years ago thirschfeld

What a wonderful surprise! This is by far, and still is, my favorite margarita. Thanks so much for picking it!


over 3 years ago Sagegreen

Congrats! This was always a winner.


over 3 years ago Bevi

Ha - another weapon to add to the arsenal! Congrats!


over 3 years ago Panfusine

I'm sold!


over 3 years ago Lizthechef

Congrats, proving that the simpler the better for the perfect margarita.


over 3 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Congratulations Tom, I love this drink, I believe I tested it for a CP and my guests could not get enough!!


over 3 years ago SouffleBombay

This is is my kind of drink!! Throw a shot of Chambord in there and I am Heaven!


about 4 years ago wssmom

Simply brilliant ...


about 4 years ago SKK

OK, between you and Sagegreen I can tell this will be a tequila week-end! Wonderful.


about 4 years ago Sagegreen

Your classic margarita recipe reads something like the original pound cake recipe. Gorgeous.


about 4 years ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Tequila was always my drink of choice, too! (Emphasis on was...) Love this.


over 5 years ago mrslarkin

Mrs. Larkin is a trusted source on Baking.

Yum. How'd I miss this one? Tequila, my drink of choice (well, in a former life, anyway.)


over 5 years ago lechef

Looks great! I will sometimes add a splash of orange juice to cut the acid in a margarita. I'll have to give the equal parts lemon and lime a try...