My good friends Teresa and Challey are the master margarita makers of our group. They keep it simple with good, fresh ingredients. I asked if I could share how they do it. This recipe makes three or four drinks, depending on the size of the glass.


  • 4 fresh limes, juiced
  • 1/4 cup Cointreau
  • 1/4 cup triple sec
  • 2/3 to 1 cup tequila (depending on how strong you want it)
  • simple syrup for the rim of the glass
  • salt for the rim of the glass
  1. Pour simple syrup onto a small plate, one that’s slightly larger than the rim of your margarita glass
  2. Pour salt onto a second small plate
  3. Dip rim of the margarita glasses into the simple syrup and then into the salt
  4. Add ice, or not, to the margarita glasses; it’s your call
  5. Fill a shaker with ice
  6. Add lime juice, Cointreau, triple sec, and tequila to the shaker. Shake until nice and cold.
  7. Pour into glasses.

If you want to get fancy with your margaritas, try one of these variations.

Or, if you prefer frozen margaritas, I’m sure you can trust Jamie Oliver and his brilliant, brilliant cocktail recipe:

Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.

A tried-and-true margarita recipe
Break out fresh limes and tequila for National Margarita Day — or any time you want one.