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Classic Lime Margaritas

Updated: Aug 7, 2021

This classic version of the margarita is absolutely perfect. It is made with only 4 simple ingredients: freshly-squeezed lime, tequila, orange liqueur, simple syrup. Sometimes, my friends, it's just best not to mess with perfection!

Recipe adapted from the Food Network Kitchen.

I am a cocktail loving girl. I get super excited to try a new cocktail recipe. Through the years, I have made many different versions and flavors of the margarita. But a classic margarita is by far my all-time favorite. This version is perfect served alongside your favorite Tex-Mex dishes or on its own. It's light and fresh with just the right amount of tartness and sweetness. It's so refreshing on a hot summer day. So, go ahead and celebrate Cinco de Mayo every month. I won't judge.

This recipe makes 1 serving.

Let’s get cooking!



  • Ice cubes

  • 3 ounces of tequila

  • 2 ounces of freshly squeezed lime juice

  • 1 ounce of simple syrup, recipe follows

  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon orange liqueur

  • 1 tablespoon lime sugar, recipe follows

Simple syrup:

  • 1 cup of sugar

  • 1 cup of water

Lime sugar:
  • Zest of one lime

  • 2 tablespoons of sugar


How to make

Please be sure to visit Food Network Kitchen for the source recipe and original instructions.

  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add the tequila, lime juice, simple syrup, and orange liqueur. Cover and shake until mixed and chilled, about 30 seconds.

  2. Place the lime sugar on a plate. Press the rim of a chilled margarita glass into the mixture to rim the edge.

  3. Strain margarita into the glass. 

  4. Enjoy!

  5. Please scroll to the bottom to share your comments and feedback.

Simple syrup:

  1. Put the sugar and water in a small saucepan.

  2. Cook over low heat, stirring, until the sugar dissolves. (Alternatively, you can heat in the microwave.)

  3. Store in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to a month. 


  1. Blend together the lime zest and sugar in a small blender or mini food chopper. 

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