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The Perfect Margarita

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A good margarita depends on the quality of its ingredients; always use the best tequila you can find. You'll get excellent results using a citrus reamer, a small, fluted cylindrical wooden tool, to extract every last drop of juice from the limes.

  • Yield: Makes 4

Source: The Martha Stewart Show, Episode 1035

Ingredients

  • 1 lime, cut into wedges
  • Coarse salt
  • Ice cubes
  • 1 1/4 cups freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 cup best-quality white tequila
  • 1/3 cup Cointreau
  • 1/3 cup sugar, plus more if desired

Directions

  1. To salt-rim the glasses, rub a cut lime around the rim of each of 4 stemmed goblets. Fill a saucer with salt. Dip goblet, upside down, into salt. Refrigerate goblets until ready to use.

  2. Fill blender three-quarters full of ice cubes. Pour lime juice, tequila, and Cointreau over ice. Add sugar; blend, starting slowly, and then increasing to high speed, until ice is very finely chopped and mixture is frothy. Taste for sweetness; add more sugar if desired. Blend a few seconds more; pour into salt-rimmed glasses. Serve immediately.

Reviews Add a comment

  • Christian UK
    3 JUL, 2013
    I first reviewed this in 2007 and am still making this (strong) drink ! It's a winner.
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  • ronts
    26 MAR, 2013
    great post.thanks for sharing .couple 4 by anastasya font
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  • Tom18
    30 MAY, 2010
    I make the on-the-rocks (unshaken) version of Rick Bayless' "Pure-and-Simple Shaken Margarita". http://www.fronterakitchens.com/cooking/recipes/margarita.html
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  • Sillys
    14 FEB, 2009
    Someone please tell me all about the "tequila worm". I hope it's just a fairy tale.
    Reply
  • tsrobin
    9 AUG, 2008
    My friends always request this drink....it is worth squeezing the limes!!!
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  • kimwylie0523
    6 JUN, 2008
    Mmmm...homemade is always better. Same for Whiskey Sours. In restaurants they use that sweet and sour mix for these drinks. Fresh lime juice and simple syrup tastes FAAAAR better!
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  • evan2
    14 APR, 2008
    these are great for party
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  • Raquel08
    17 JAN, 2008
    A little too strong for my taste. I did like the overall flavor but it requires quite bit of ingredients. Would love a more simplified version.
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  • vfbr2001
    30 NOV, 2007
    This is my favourite Martha drink recipe - though I am sure it is wrong as 1 3/4 cups of tequilla makes a very strong drink indeed. My friends can all drink and they thought it was strong. BUT - just add a little more fresh lime juice and go with it and you will soon have a great party! Enjoy this one a lot. Make your own pinata for added fun! from Christian, London
    Reply
  • vfbr2001
    30 NOV, 2007
    This is my favourite Martha drink recipe - though I am sure it is wrong as 1 3/4 cups of tequilla makes a very strong drink indeed. My friends can all drink and they thought it was strong. BUT - just add a little more fresh lime juice and go with it and you will soon have a great party! Enjoy this one a lot. Make your own pinata for added fun! from Christian, London
    Reply