Classic Margaritas on the Rocks

Southern Living
These are potent, yet amazingly smooth-tasting when you use good-quality tequila and orange liqueur and thoroughly shake the mixture with ice before pouring over ice cubes to serve.
Makes 1 1/2 cups


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Lime wedge
Margarita salt
3/4 cup tequila
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/2 cup fresh lime juice (about 3 limes)
1/4 cup orange liqueur
Garnish: lime wedges


Prep: 10 Minutes

1. Rub rims of 4 chilled glasses with lime wedge; dip rims in salt to coat. Fill glasses with ice.

2. Stir together tequila and next 3 ingredients in a small pitcher, stirring until sugar is dissolved.

3. Fill a cocktail shaker half full with ice. Add desired amount of margarita mixture, cover with lid, and shake until thoroughly chilled. Strain into prepared glasses. Garnish, if desired. Serve immediately.

Note: We tested with Jose Cuervo Especial for tequila and Triple Sec for orange liqueur.

Try these twists!

Pomegranate Margaritas: Decrease lime juice to 1/4 cup. Stir 1/2 cup pomegranate juice into tequila mixture in Step 2. Makes about 2 cups.

Strawberry Margaritas: Substitute red decorator sugar crystals for margarita salt. Reduce powdered sugar to 1/4 to 1/3 cup and lime juice to 1/4 cup. Process 1 (10-oz.) package frozen strawberries in light syrup, thawed, in blender 30 seconds or until smooth. Stir strawberry puree into tequila mixture in Step 2. Makes 2 1/2 cups.

Created date

June 2010