5 Ingredients or Fewer

Lemon Lime Margaritas

March 16, 2010
3 Ratings
Photo by James Ransom
  • Serves as many as you need
Author Notes

Just getting ready for summer. - thirschfeld —thirschfeld

Test Kitchen Notes

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 than 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. —Food52

What You'll 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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23 Reviews

Veganosity April 5, 2014
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/drinks/happy-hour/
John O. March 1, 2014
2 parts Tequila to 1 part lemon/lime, 1 part Cointreau is standard at our place for last 35 years.
Whats4Dinner August 12, 2013
How did you get my recipe???? ;-)
Dana614 March 25, 2013
I made this with Talero Tequila and it was delicious, I highly recommend
thirschfeld March 25, 2013
So glad you liked it!
Dana614 March 25, 2013
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
t3ch January 5, 2013
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.
Gessie January 5, 2013
How much of each ingredient do I need to make this for 10 ppl?
Whats4Dinner August 12, 2013
use a measuring cup
t3ch September 2, 2012
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.
thirschfeld May 3, 2012
What a wonderful surprise! This is by far, and still is, my favorite margarita. Thanks so much for picking it!
Sagegreen May 3, 2012
Congrats! This was always a winner.
Bevi May 3, 2012
Ha - another weapon to add to the arsenal! Congrats!
Panfusine May 3, 2012
I'm sold!
Lizthechef May 3, 2012
Congrats, proving that the simpler the better for the perfect margarita.
SouffleBombay May 3, 2012
This is is my kind of drink!! Throw a shot of Chambord in there and I am Heaven!
wssmom July 8, 2011
Simply brilliant ...
SKK July 8, 2011
OK, between you and Sagegreen I can tell this will be a tequila week-end! Wonderful.
Sagegreen July 8, 2011
Your classic margarita recipe reads something like the original pound cake recipe. Gorgeous.
drbabs July 8, 2011
Tequila was always my drink of choice, too! (Emphasis on was...) Love this.
mrslarkin March 26, 2010
Yum. How'd I miss this one? Tequila, my drink of choice (well, in a former life, anyway.)
lechef March 26, 2010
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...
dymnyno March 16, 2010
Daylight saving time...late sunsets...warm nights on my mountain....alll I need is a margarita!!!! sounds like my kind of recipe!!!