A classic margarita on a wooden board with limes.

Classic Margarita

  • Author: Amanda McGrory-Dixon
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 1 drink 1x


This classic margarita uses no mix and only the freshest ingredients. It’s super easy and the tastiest way to make a margarita.



For Simple Syrup
1 cup sugar
1 cup water

For Margarita
2 ounces tequila
1 ounce triple sec or Grand Marnier
1 lime, juiced
1 ounce simple syrup, optional
1 tablespoon sea salt, optional
1 lime slice, optional


  1. If using the simple syrup, simmer the sugar and water in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Stir frequently to dissolve the sugar. As soon as the sugar dissolves, remove from heat.
  2. Pour tequila, triple sec, lime juice and simple syrup if desired in a cocktail shaker. Add a handful of ice. Put the top on the shaker and shake for about 15 seconds.
  3. Spread sea salt on a plate. Run the lime slice around the rim of a glass and dip the glass in the salt. Add more ice to the glass and strain the shaken margarita into the glass. Garnish with a lime slice.

  • Category: Cocktail
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: Mexican

Keywords: margarita, classic margarita, margarita on the rocks, fresh margarita