Fresh Margaritas


With Cinco de Mayo quickly approaching, I want to share with you my favorite home-made cocktail – the margarita! I did not even know I liked margaritas, until I had a home-made version with fresh lime juice and good tequila. Now, I love them! There is not a more refreshing cocktail when you make it this way. Even if you don’t think you are a fan, you should give this a try! We’ve had 80 degrees weather in Manhattan Beach the last few days, so we’ve been making them all weekend…

I think the secret is using fresh, juicy limes and good quality tequila. I like using the 1800 tequila pictured below. Both of these make a big difference, since they are 2 of the main ingredients!

Fresh Margaritas / www.sarasfavoritethings.wordpress.comDo you have a lime/lemon juicer? I use mine all the time, not just for cocktails, but for cooking too. It makes juicing so much quicker and I think you can get a lot more juice out of the lime.

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 If you like a salted rim, here is how to do it. Run one of the cut limes around the lip of the glass. Fill a bowl with Kosher salt. Dip the rim of the glass in the salt until the edges are covered.

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 How delicious does this look?? You don’t even have to wait until Cinco de Mayo if you don’t want to…

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Fresh Margaritas

Serves 1


  • 1 1/2 shots tequila (or 2 shots if you like a strong drink!!)
  • 1 shot lime juice (about 1 lime)
  • 1 shot Triple Sec
  • crushed ice (it’s best to buy a bag from the store)
  • Kosher salt for rim of glass


Salt the rim of your glass using the pictured instructions above.

In a cocktail shaker, combine 1 and a half shots of tequila, 1 shot of lime juice, and 1 shot of Triple Sec. Add one glass full of ice. (You will want to use a different glass without a salted rim to measure the ice. If you try to salt the rim after filling it with ice, the salt with get wet and clump.) Shake it like a Polaroid picture!

Pour into the glass, garnish with a thin slice of lime if you prefer, sip and say “ahhhh”.


10 responses »

  1. Sara the recipe looks great, but I have to say the weather you are talking about looks better! Could you send some our way? Love your blog, you have some fantastic recipes! Hope you are great! Nancy

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