The Story Behind The Simple Margarita

The Margarita is a universally beloved cocktail — it’s not only America’s top cocktail, but the most favored tequila cocktail in the world. Despite its international acclaim, it’s often thought of as a traditional Mexican drink. It might not be as Mexican as you think, though. The origins of this citrusy concoction are actually quite contested, with a slew of people — from Tijuanan restaurant owners to Texan socialites — asserting that they created it.

The recipe is simple enough for any one of their claims to be believable. It’s also undoubtedly delicious — earning it a spot on the menu of just about every bar in America. If you want to whip up a Marg at home, however, look no further. This simplified recipe calls for simple syrup or agave as a replacement for triple sec, offering an extra bit of sweetness to cut through the cocktail’s tart flavor profile.

The Best Margarita Ingredients:

Read on for the Simple Margarita Recipe!


  • 2 ounces blanco tequila
  • 1 ounce fresh lime juice
  • ½ ounce simple syrup or agave syrup
  • Salted rim optional
  • Garnish: Lime wheel


  1. Take a lime wedge and slide it along the outside rim of your rocks glass. 
  2. Gently dip the edge of the glass into coarse sea salt, then set aside.
  3. Combine tequila, lime juice, and syrup in a cocktail shaker with ice.
  4. Shake and strain into your prepared rocks glass filled with fresh ice.
  5. Garnish with a lime wheel.

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Calories: 194
Updated: 2022-12-07

The Simple Margarita Recipe