Traditional Margaritas

Traditional Margaritas – A classic margarita recipe that’s fresh and tart and perfect all year long. Serve this tequila cocktail with your favorite Mexican dishes!

I’ll admit that I’m a bit partial to “anything Rick Bayless”.

If you’re ever in Chicago and get the chance to visit any of this amazing chef’s restaurants (Xoco, Frontera Grill, and Topolobampo), I do believe you’ll agree that his authentic Mexican food and drinks ROCK!

It’s quite the scene as hungry Bayless fans flood into Frontera Grill, often after standing in line for hours. The noise level picks up as their excellent wait staff starts shaking their drink shakers high and low from all over the lobby/bar area.

Then the margaritas start flowing.  It was here that I tasted the best margarita ever. And, no, it’s not just because I’m partial to “anything Rick Bayless”.

You’re gonna love this simple recipe for Traditional Margaritas. Promise!

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Traditional Margaritas, plus a few more!

Our Minnesota kitchen has seen much experimentation when it comes to margaritas. If you’re looking for one that swerves a bit from the traditional, try an orange one, a rhubarb one, or one that’s spicy plus smoky with mezcal. And this recipe for Prosecco Margaritas is made in big-batch form, always a hit when hosting a gathering!

What to serve with margaritas:

The lime tartness of this traditional margarita recipe makes the perfect thirst-quenching drink for any Mexican meal. Of course, I have a few recipe suggestions for you!

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Traditional Margaritas

Traditional Margaritas

A traditional margarita recipe that's fresh and tart and perfect all year long!

Yield: Makes 1 margarita
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes


  • 2 oz. tequila, preferably a silver or blanco 100% agave tequila
  • 1 oz. Cointreau
  • 1 oz. fresh squeezed lime juice
  • a little simple syrup, if desired
  • lime wedge
  • coarse salt for crusting the rim of the glass, if desired
  • ice cubes


  1. Prepare your glass by first spreading salt onto a small plate. Moisten the rim of your glass with the lime wedge. Turn the glass over and dip into the salt, creating a thin, even crust all around the rim.
  2. In a drink shaker, combine the tequila, Cointreau, and lime juice. If you want it tangier, add more lime juice. If you want it sweeter, add a bit more simple syrup. Add a few ice cubes to the shaker and shake vigorously for 15 seconds. The melting ice will give your margarita the perfect strength and thirst quenching frostiness. Strain into your prepared glass, squeeze a lime wedge over the top, and then add the lime wedge to the drink.
  3. Now sit back, relax, and enjoy!


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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 210Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgCarbohydrates: 167gFiber: 2gSugar: 158gProtein: 1g
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This post was originally published May 2014. Some of the photos and text were updated in 2019.

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