Classic margarita in small tumbler, pink salt cocktail, cocktail with lime slices

Classic Margarita Recipe (it’s much easier than you think!)

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 1 1x


Classic margarita recipe, made with tequila, Cointreau and lime juice.



  • 50ml (2 fl oz/2 parts) tequila
  • 25ml (1 fl oz/1 part) Cointreau
  • 25ml (1 fl oz/1 part) lime juice (saved the spent lime for the glass rim)
  • simple sugar syrup, to taste (recipe below)
  • salt, sprinkled on a saucer
  • lime slices for decorating the glass/drink
  • 3 ice cubes

A cocktail shaker would be great, if not, just stir it all up well.

Simple Sugar Syrup

  • 200g/1 cup white sugar
  • 125ml/half cup water


  1. Run a lime slice all around the rim of your glass.
  2. Dip the glass rim into the salt, coating well.
  3. Add the required amounts of tequila, cointreau, lime juice and syrup into your shaker with about half a dozen ice cubes.
  4. Shake it all up really well.
  5. Taste, add more sugar if you think it needs it.
  6. Pour the margarita, minus the ice cubes, into your prepared glass, stick a lime slice on and sip away!

Sugar Syrup

  1. Place the water and sugar into a small pan and bring to a boil.
  2. Simmer for 10 minutes on the lowest heat to allow the flavours to develop and the syrup to thicken.
  3. Leave to cool, no need to place in the fridge.


Total time does not take into account the making of the simple syrup, which should be made, then cooled.

  • Category: Drinks
  • Cuisine: Mexican