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LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 26: Tequila Herradura Horseshoe Margarita at Casa Herradura Visits Los Angeles on April 26, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for Tequila Herradura)

It’s an easy, 3 ingredient margarita with basic ingredients. Perfect with a plate of nachos!

What goes into a classic margarita?

Before there were spicy jalapeno margaritas, there was the simple margarita, composed of three ingredients:

  • Tequila: you want a good quality tequila if you’re not adding any other sweeteners or jazzy things to the recipe. Etienne loves Casamigos, and I love it because it’s George Clooney’s brand…and I love George Clooney. You would preferably use a silver tequila, but it’s not a necessity. I didn’t use it here!
  • Cointreau: you can also use Grand Marnier or Triple Sec, but you want to use a good quality orange liqueur (again, GOOD quality is the key here).
  • Lime! Pretty self-explanatory, but please, please use fresh lime juice. The bottled stuff just isn’t the same!

A few other notes to make sure you get the best results:

  • Salt your rim! Use a lime slice to wet the rim of a short glass, then dip the glass upside down in some coarse sea salt. That saltiness when you take a drink of margarita is a must!!
  • Use a cocktail shaker, full of ice to mix all of the ingredients, before pouring it into your rimmed glass. The cocktail shaker will get the drink nice and cold before you strain it into a glass.
  • All of the ice! A perfect, simple margarita is nice and cold, so fill your glass with ice after pouring your drink. The bigger ice cubes the better, so they only keep the drink cold and not melt right away!

Happy Cinco De Mayo! Cheers