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Traditional Margarita Recipe: How to Prepare a Margarita

DINING | Published on 08/05/2020
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Margaritas are one of the most popular cocktails, synonymous with summer afternoons, pool parties, and beach vacations. While you may not be able to get together with friends, you can still enjoy the warm weather and natural beauty around you while sipping a tangy margarita drink. Taking the time now to learn how to make a margarita will pay off when you can host a BBQ or relax on the beach this summer. With this simple how to margarita recipe, you’ll be able to enjoy your favorite cocktail wherever you are.

How the Classic Margarita Recipe was Born


There are numerous stories of how the margarita drink came to be, but none has ever been proved. Some claim to have invented the drink while vacationing in Mexico, while others claim to have created the popular concoction in response to a bar guest who was allergic to everything but tequila. While you may never know the real story, it’s a cocktail associated with Mexico vacations, sizzling tacos, and summertime shenanigans. If you’re learning how to make margaritas at home, you can also try out a new Mexican recipe for a delicious dinner.

What are the Ingredients in a Margarita?

Even though many adults have tried a margarita, most couldn’t answer the question “what are the ingredients in a margarita?” The basic margarita ingredients are tequila, orange liqueur, and lime, but as you learn how to make margaritas, you can experiment with variations on the classic margarita recipe. Try mixing things up with a flavored tequila, or substitute mango or melon juice for the lime in a classic margarita recipe. One of the best tricks for how to make a margarita that isn’t quite so strong is to add a splash of mineral water or lemon-lime soda. As you play around with different margarita ingredients, you can develop your own signature style. When you serve it up to your friends, they’ll be the ones asking you “what are the ingredients in a margarita?”

How to Make a Margarita

With this how to margarita recipe, you can mix up some margaritas in a minute. While you could stir the ingredients together in a glass, using a shaker gives you a more professional, and fun, mix. 

Margarita Ingredients

  • 1 ounce lime juice

  • 1 ounce orange liqueur

  • 1 ½ ounces tequila

  • Ice

  • Salt

  • 1 pineapple slice

  • 1 lime wedge

Directions

  1. Salt the rim of the glass by rubbing the pineapple slice around the rim and dipping it onto a plate of salt.

  2. Pour tequila, orange liqueur, and lime into a cocktail shaker.

  3. Add as much ice as you would like to the shaker.

  4. Shake it with smooth, steady motions.

  5. Pour and garnish your margarita drink!


Learning how to make margaritas at home can help you find your signature flavor, and whether you’re relaxing on a quiet afternoon or getting ready for a big summer BBQ, you’ll just need a few simple ingredients to make this favorite cocktail. Once you’re familiar with this how to margarita recipe, you’ll be able to shake up a couple drinks in seconds.

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