It’s almost Cinco de Mayo—time for chips, fresh salsa and the Best Ever Lime Margarita.
With just 5 ingredients, this recipe is easy to make. In fact, if I’d known how easy it was to make this delicious beverage, I would have spared my guests all of those premixed blends I’ve been serving over the years.
I’ve been known to double or even triple the ingredients in this recipe. The results–perfection!
What’s in The Best Ever Lime Margarita
- Tequila A good quality tequila makes a better margarita. I use el Jimador tequila. It’s mellower than some of the other tequila brands in my affordable price range. But you can use your preferred brand. Remember to look for “100% agave” printed somewhere on the label. If not, you might end up with lots of cane sugar filling in for the real stuff. It’s worth spending a couple extra bucks for good tequila. But that’s just my opinion.
- Triple sec These margos require an orange-flavored liqueur. Cointreau is a great choice. But Triple Sec is less expensive and easier for me to find locally. So, that’s what I use.
- Lemons and Limes Fresh lemons and limes not only make margaritas super fresh tasting, but they add some vitamin C—the perfect immune-system booster—to the mix. Make sure to use only FRESHLY SQUEEZED juice. Nothing else is going to work! I love using my Citrus Juicer to make the squeezing easy.
- Superfine Sugar I like my margaritas a little bit sweet and a little bit tart. I use “superfine” sugar to get them to taste “just right.” Superfine sugar is almost powder like, and dissolves quicker than granulated sugar–perfect for margaritas. It’s a cinch to make at home. I whip up a cup or so at a time and keep what I don’t use it in an airtight container on the pantry shelf. I use 3 Tablespoons of superfine sugar in this recipe, but start with 2 Tablespoons and taste as I go.
How to make Superfine Sugar in 5 minutes or less
- Measure out the needed amount of granulated sugar plus a little extra (some turns to dust in the blending process).
- Pour the sugar into the blender or food processor fitted with a metal blade.
- Cover the top of the blender or food processor’s lid with kitchen towel (helps keep the sugar dust inside).
- Blend/process the sugar on high speed for about 1-2 minutes until the sugar crystals turn to powder.
- When the dust settles, remove the lid and it’s ready to use.
I usually wet the rim of my glass using a lime wedge and salt the rims of my margarita glasses. Lately, though, I’ve been rimming glasses with Tajin seasoning that I found at Aldi. Mexican Tajin is a blend of not-too-hot chili peppers with a touch of lime that gives the margarita just a bit of a spicy kick.
How to make the Best Ever Lime Margarita
- To prep glasses, run a lime wedge around the rim of a margarita glass.
- Sprinkle Tajin or salt on a plate.
- Dip the rim of the glasses in Tajin or salt.
- Fill glasses with crushed ice.
- In a medium size pitcher, add tequila, triple sec, lemon juice, lime juice, and sugar.
- Stir until sugar has dissolved.
- Pour into salt-rimmed margarita glasses.
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Best Ever Lime Margarita
- 1/2 cup tequila
- 1/4 cup Triple Sec
- 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
- 2-3 Tablespoons superfine sugar
- 2 lime wedges
- 1 Tablespoon Tajin or kosher salt
- To prep glasses, RUN a lime wedge around the margarita glass.
- SPRINKLE Tajin or salt on a plate.
- DIP rim of glasses in Tajin or salt.
- FILL glasses with crushed ice.
- In a medium size pitcher, ADD tequila, triple sec, lemon juice, lime juice, and sugar.
- STIR until sugar has dissolved.
- POUR into prepped margarita glasses