Let’s establish the fact that I have tried and experimented with making just about every classic margarita recipe imaginable. From jalapeño to skinny to frozen mango… we’ve shaken, stirred, and blended them all over the years. And had a really good time doing it, I might add.

But these days when I find myself craving that unmistakeable combination of good tequila and lime juice, I usually turn to the classic version that’s become our go-to.

There’s nothing fancy about it — it’s just a simple ratio of tequila, fresh-squeezed lime juice, Cointreau, and agave syrup that we’ve always got on hand. No matter how many times we make this recipe, the first sip never fails to leave us saying, “Wow, that is really damn good.”

A few notes for ultimate margarita-making success:

  • Chill your glasses in the freezer for 30 minutes before making them.
  • You must, I repeat must use fresh-squeezed lime juice.
  • Shake it up for longer than you think you need to. I’d say a very enthusiastic shake for 30 seconds is sufficient to get that icy, frothy consistency.
  • You can totally add a couple of jalapeño slices to the shaker for a spicy kick—I won’t tell the purists.

Scroll on for the recipe to my classic margarita, and also check out our spicy grapefruit margarita recipe we are loving right now!

This post was originally published on May 3, 2020, and has since been updated.

Camille's Classic Margarita

Serves 1

This Classic Margarita Recipe Never Fails Me

By Camille Styles

5 minutes


dairy-free, gluten-free, nut-free, vegan, vegetarian


  • 2 oz. silver tequila 
  • 2 oz. fresh lime juice
  • 1 oz. agave 
  • 1/2 oz. cointreau


  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
  2. Add the tequila, lime juice and agave nectar.
  3. Shake well and strain into the glass.

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  1. 1
    Mike May 6, 2020 at 10:01 am

    Forgot to add the Cointreau to the shaker