There’s no margarita like a margarita made with fresh-squeezed lime juice. Period. And once you try these, I can all but guarantee you’ll forever eschew margarita mix. There’s simply no comparison. Fresh lime margaritas are so, so good.

This classic margarita recipe combines fresh lime juice, tequila, orange liqueur, and sugar over crushed ice in a glass rimmed with equal parts sugar and coarse salt. They’re potent, no doubt about it, but the perfect ratio of lime to sugar to tequila to Triple Sec makes them go down easily – sometimes a little too easily – so watch yourself!

This recipe makes enough for six margaritas. They’re great to make ahead – perfect for entertaining. Just mix the tequila, Triple Sec, lime juice, and sugar in a pitcher and keep it in the fridge until it’s time to serve ’em.

Seriously though, watch yourself.

(Have I mentioned you should watch yourself?)

Cheers!

Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 5 mins
Total: 15 mins

Fresh Lime Margaritas

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This classic margarita recipe combines fresh lime juice, tequila, orange liqueur, and sugar over crushed ice in a glass rimmed with equal parts sugar and coarse salt. They're potent, no doubt about it, but the perfect ratio of lime to sugar to tequila to Triple Sec makes them go down easily - sometimes a little too easily - so watch yourself!
Yield: 6 drinks

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups gold tequila
  • 3/4 cup Triple Sec
  • 3/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 4 tablespoons sugar (divided (2 tablespoons for the margaritas and 2 tablespoons for the rims of the glasses))
  • 8 cups crushed ice
  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt

Instructions

  • Stir together the tequila, Triple Sec, lime juice, and 2 tablespoons sugar in a large pitcher. Stir until the sugar is dissolved.
  • Mix salt and remaining 2 tablespoons sugar on a small saucer. Rub a lime wedge around the rim of the glasses, then lightly dip the rims of the glasses into the saucer with sugar-salt mixture.
  • Carefully fill the glasses with crushed ice. Pour margarita into the glasses.
  • Garnish with lime slices, if desired.
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