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How to Make a Margarita Drink

Updated on September 29, 2010

Margarita Drink

Learning how to make a Margarita isn't difficult at all. A Margarita mixed drink recipe is a basic staple in any bartender's arsenal. Margarita mixed drinks are tequila cocktail drinks. Triple sec is also used in Margarita drink recipes. Triple sec is an orange-flavored liqueur.

Margarita means daisy in Spanish. No one knows the exact location or time that the Margarita drink was invented. But Margarita cocktail drinks started becoming popular sometime during the 1930s or 1940s.

Margarita drinks are often associated with tropical breezes and relaxing holiday vacations. Whether you are on vacation or at home with friends, Margarita cocktail drinks are delicious and easy to make.

How to Make a Margarita

The basic Margarita ingredients consist of just three liquids- tequila, triple sec, and lime juice.

To learn how to make a Margarita cocktail drink, just use 3 parts tequila, 2 parts triple sec, and 1 part lime juice. This is the ratio for a perfect Margarita recipe. Shake all of these Margarita ingredients together with ice cubes to chill well.

A cocktail shaker works best, but if you don't have a cocktail shaker, just shake your Margarita ingredients in a covered pitcher or simply cover a tumbler glass tightly with the palm of your hand.

Strain the Margarita ingredients into a Margarita cocktail glass that has been rubbed with lime juice and dipped in salt along the rim. An old-fashioned glass or a cocktail glass can be substituted if a Margarita glass isn't available. Garnish with a lime wedge, if desired.

Additional Tips for How to Make a Margarita

  • Use the best top shelf Tequila and premium triple sec that you can afford for the best Margarita recipe. Cointreau is highly recommended for the triple sec. Patron silver would be my suggestion for the tequila.
  • Use fresh lime juice, if possible.

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      8 years ago

      I find Cointreau to be a little heavy and too sweet for my taste - and hangover inducing to boot. Another alternative is Patron Orange Liqueur.

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      8 years ago

      To avoid a headache I always use 100% agave tequila!

    • corbycat profile image


      9 years ago from earth

      can u recommend a brand for the contrieu? if there is? or do i have to make it. can u teach me how??

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      Kavita Parasramsingh Ramdeen 

      9 years ago

      I absolutely love is my favourite drink especially the emerald margarita!!!

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      10 years ago

      The margarita was invented in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico at Cantina Hussong...

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      11 years ago from Ireland

      Hi Angela

      i love your margarita .

      sorry im new in this site- still kind of browsing other member


      Bali Girl

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      mike king 

      11 years ago from california

      that's a good recipe. do they put a worm in the glass in mexico? It seems to me I have seen the worm in a mexican bar. when they mix a drink down there you know ou have had a drink.

      Thanks for the recipe.

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      Stacie Naczelnik 

      12 years ago from Seattle

      Lovely. These are one of my favorite drinks.

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      12 years ago from North Carolina

      I bookmarked it, would love to make a good margarita.

    • solarshingles profile image


      12 years ago from london

      Very nice and very tempting. My favorite in the past was strawberry one, but this could change, soon...


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