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The Perfect Margarita

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

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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. Step 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. Step 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.

Source
The Martha Stewart Show, November 2005

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Reviews (12)

  • 3 Jul, 2013

    I first reviewed this in 2007 and am still making this (strong) drink ! It's a winner.

  • 26 Mar, 2013

    great post.thanks for sharing .couple 4 by anastasya font

  • 8 Jan, 2013

    A good drink.I like.Do you want to meet thai women?

  • 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

  • 14 Feb, 2009

    Someone please tell me all about the "tequila worm". I hope it's just a fairy tale.

  • 9 Aug, 2008

    My friends always request this drink....it is worth squeezing the limes!!!

  • 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!

  • 14 Apr, 2008

    these are great for party

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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