How to Make the Best Margaritas

Making a margarita is pretty simple and we're going to tell you how.  The thing is, there are so many varieties of margaritas out there, that answering the question, "How to Make Margaritas?" doesn't come easily.

The first basic step to make margaritas is to prep your glasses.  Rub lime on the rim of the glass, dip the rim into course salt, then put the glasses into the freezer to chill.

Next, combine your ingredients: Tequila, fresh lime juice, Triple Sec, or Cointreau into a cocktail shaker with crushed ice.

Shake it vigorously, then strain into your chilled glasses.

Garnish the glass with a lime wedge.

Those are the basics on how to make margaritas.  Now we will tell you how to make the BEST margaritas.

Whatever you do, there are two main rules we, at TheStreet like to follow:

First, never buy a commercially prepared margarita mix you may find at your local warehouse club such as Costco, or discounter Walmart.

Second, don't skimp by purchasing cheap tequila.  If you're not sure which tequila to choose for your margarita start here:  Best Tequila  

You'll thank me later.  

Now that you have your are some margarita recipes to get you started:

How To Make:  'The Top Shelf' Margaritas

How to Make Top Shelf Margaritas
This recipe is for those who are in the mood for margaritas that are a cut above the ordinary.

It's courtesy of

2 ounces of any top shelf tequila of your choice
1 1/2 ounces lime juice (about 2 limes)
1 ounce Grand Marnier or Patron Citronge
1 1/2 cup ice cubes
Margarita salt, or kosher salt
1 lime slice 


Run a lime slice around the rim of a margarita glass and them press the rim into a saucer of kosher sauce to create the salt rim. 

Put the ice in a cocktail shaker along with all of the other ingredients.

Shake until a frothiness forms on the outside of the shaker. 

Strain the mixture into the glass, garnish with a lime wedge and serve.

How To Make:  Classic 3-2-1 Margaritas

How to Make Classic 3-2-1 Margaritas

If you're a plain Jane and you can do without the fruity flavors, chocolate, and bells and whistles, then a classic margarita is more your speed.

The classic margarita recipe 
uses the traditional 3-2-1 ratio of three parts tequila, two parts good triple sec, and one part lime juice.

Serve it on the rocks with a salty rim, and there you have it.

1 1/2 ounces of silver/blanco, 100% agave tequila
1 ounce of triple sec orange liqueur, preferably Luxardo Triplum or Cointreau
1/2 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice (about 1 lime)
2 thin lime wedges (1 for garnish)
Kosher salt


Rub one lime wedge outside the rim of a four ounce cocktail glass, and dip the outside rim in the salt.

Fill the glass with ice and place in the freezer to chill.

Add the tequila, triple sec, and lime juice to a cocktail shaker and fill it halfway with ice.

Shake vigorously until the outside of the shaker turns frosty.

Strain the margarita into your chilled glass and garnish with the other lime slice.

Read Also: Best Tequila

How To Make:  Pomegranate Margaritas

How to Make Pomegranate Margaritas
Pomegranates are only in season from September to February, so for some, it may be difficult to make this cocktail depending on the time of year.

It may not be for everyone since the berry is quite tart.  Regardless, this recipe is courtesy of celebrity chef, Tyler Florence.

1/4 cup pomegranate juice
1/3 cup Tequila Blanco (about 4 ounces)
1/8 cup Triple Sec
1/4 cup fresh lime juice (about 2 ounces)
Margarita salt, or sea salt


Combine all ingredients, except salt, in a blender and pulse until it becomes frothy and well-combined.

Rim glasses with lime juice using a lime wedge then dip in margarita salt.

Drop in some fresh pomegranate seeds in the bottom of the glass, if you have any.

Pour margarita mixture into the glass and serve.

Read Also: Best Tequila

How To Make:  Ruby Red Grapefruit Margaritas

How to Make Ruby Red Grapefruit Margaritas
Bam! This recipe is courtesy of celebrity chef, Emeril Lagasse.  

It only takes five minutes to prepare, and makes six servings.

1 wedge ruby red grapefruit
1 cup ruby red grapefruit juice (freshly squeezed or from a carton)
6 ounces of tequila
1/3 cup ruby red vodka
1/4 cup simple syrup
1/4 freshly squeezed lime juice
4 cups of ice
2 thinly sliced ruby red grapefruit pieces cut into quarters, for garnish
Margarita salt, or kosher salt


Use the wedge of grapefruit to rub the rims of six margarita glasses with grapefruit juice. 

Dip the rim of the glasses in the kosher salt to coat. 

Set aside as you prepare the margaritas. 

Place the tequila, vodka, simple syrup, grapefruit juice, lime juice and ice in a bar blender and puree until smooth. 

Divide the margarita between six glasses and garnish with the grapefruit quarters.

Read Also: Best Tequila

How To Make:  Watermelon Margaritas

How to Make Watermelon Margaritas
If sweet tickles your taste buds more than tart flavors, this summer sipper may be for you, and it's only 105 calories.

The recipe makes six servings, and is courtesy of Sue Spitler from Cooking Light magazine.

2 teaspoons of sugar
2 tablespoons of sugar
1 lime wedge
3 1/2 cups of cubed and seeded watermelon
1/2 cup tequila
3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 tablespoon of Triple Sec (orange flavored liqueur)
Lime wedges or watermelon balls (optional for garnish)


Place two teaspoons sugar in a saucer. 

Rub the rims of six glasses with one lime wedge and spin the rim of each glass in sugar to coat. Set prepared glasses aside.

Combine the watermelon, tequila, two table spoons of sugar, lime juice and triple sec in a blender, and process until smooth. 

Fill each prepared glass with 1/2 cup crushed ice. 

Add 1/2 cup margarita to each glass. 

Garnish with lime wedges or watermelon balls, if desired.

Read Also: Best Tequila

How To Make:  Chocolate Margaritas

How to Make Chocolate Margaritas
If you're a chocolate lover, this is the ultimate indulgence, courtesy of mixologist Colleen Graham, author of "Holy Tequila!"

Citrus is added to compliment the chocolate's sweetness.

2 ounces of white/blanco tequila
1 ounce chocolate liqueur such as Godiva
1 ounce of cream or half and half
1 ounce orange juice
1 ounce of fresh lime juice
1 cup of ice
Sugar or cocoa powder for rimming the glass
Shaved chocolate for garnish (optional)


Rim a chilled margarita glass with a one-to-one ratio mixture of sugar and cocoa powder.

Mix the liquors, juices, into a blender with the ice.

Blend until smooth.

Pour into the prepared glass, and top with chocolate shavings.

Read Also: Best Tequila

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