Best Margarita Recipe with Fresh Citrus
We were out of tequila for the longest time, and that’s about to happen again. We bought this tequila and ventured out to make the best margarita we could find. We bought mixers, even expensive ones, and, while they weren’t bad, we decided we needed to make our own.
What’s the secret to a good margarita? Is it the tequila? Yes. Is it the orange liquor? Yes. Is it the salt? A little bit. Is it the lemon lime mix? Of course.
Best Margarita Recipe starts with good tequila and an orange liqueur.
Tequila: We love Còa de Jima Reposado, good enough to be a sipping tequila, priced low enough to make several batches for parties.
Orange Liqueur: We love Gran Gala, an Italian brandy based triple orange liqueur, which I wrote about here.
We have a friend who hosts the wine tastings at our neighborhood wine and liquor store, and he said “if you want to make the very best margarita, use fresh citrus only, lemons, lime, and orange.
We couldn’t agree more.
I most recently had a very orange-centric margarita at a place called Fisher’s in Orange Beach, Alabama.
It has to win “best restaurant margarita” as it was topped with a saltwater foam. I have the recipe, but doubt I’ll ever manage that part of it. They used homemade orange bitters, another ingredient making its way into margaritas lately.
This recipe is very similar (minus the bitters) and sea salt foam. We used fresh squeezes of orange; you could use a splash of orange juice. We think the best margarita recipe is served on the rocks with big piece of ice, which melts slowly and is poured into a salt rimmed glass.
Below you’ll find the best margarita recipe for one, but in the notes, I’ve made a batch for eight. Taste your margarita and make adjustments. You may want it less sweet, so add sweetener a little at a time. You may want more or less orange, as different orange liqueurs have their own flavor.
These would go so well with Doug’s famous guacamole, or our pork carnitas.
So tell me, how do you like your margarita? Do you have a favorite tequila? Follow me on instagram where all my kitchen and dining out pictures appear. I’d love to connect with you.
- 2 ounces Tequilla
- 1 ounce Orange Liqueur
- 1 teaspoon simple syrup or agave nectar
- juice of one lime
- juice of half lemon
- 1 squeeze fresh orange or splash orange juice
- salt for rim
- lime for garnish
- Makes one margarita. See notes for making a batch.
- Mix all liquids together in cocktail shaker with ice.
- Use lime wedge to wet rim of glass.
- Salt Glass.
- Pour into glass
16 ounces tequila (2 cups)
8 ounces orange liqueur (1 cup)
juice of 8 limes
juice of 4 lemons
juice of two oranges (or ½ glass orange juice, or more to taste)
3 tablespoons agave nectar or simple syrup