5 Ingredients or Fewer

Count to 4 (Basic) Margarita

September 18, 2015
4 Ratings
Photo by Ty Mecham
  • Prep time 10 minutes
  • Serves 2 (if you're nice and share)
Author Notes

I love this margarita and its riffability so much that I included two different variations of it in my cookbook, Cooking with Scraps. I've since updated it to be a bit less sweet, but truly, you can leave out the simple syrup altogether (or use more, you do you!). —Lindsay-Jean Hard

What You'll Need
  • 1 ounce Cointreau
  • 2 teaspoons simple syrup
  • 3 ounces añejo tequila
  • 4 tablespoons fresh lime juice (about 2 limes)
  • coarse sea salt
  • additional lime wedges for garnish
  1. Add first four ingredients to a shaker, add ice, and shake until chilled.
  2. Put the salt in a small dish, rub the rims of two glasses with the juiced lime halves, rim them with salt, add ice to each, pour in the shaken margaritas, garnish with limes, and enjoy.

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3 Reviews

Carole K. April 17, 2020
This sounds good. I've experimented with margaritas myself, and prefer the flavor of Triple Sec in place of Cointreau.
Carolyn April 17, 2020
What is "gold tequila"? Sorry to be a snob, but I don't think there really is such a thing. There's blanco, reposado and anejo. Jose Cuervo makes Cuervo Gold, but according to Wikipedia that's: "a blend of reposado and younger tequilas of at least 51% agave, with caramel coloring added to the finished product to give it the gold color, also known as joven tequila." Good tequila is always 100% agave. Bad tequila makes a bad margarita. Just sayin'. And Cuervo does make some really good tequila! Cuervo Gold isn't one of them. (And, wow!, that's a lot of sugar.)
Lindsay-Jean H. April 18, 2020
I tend to use anejo, use whatever you like. I now often use less than 2 teaspoons per drink, though I don't think it makes it overly sweet as written. If you do, dial it back. To each their own!