There is nothing like sipping on a classic Margarita.

The mixture of salt and lime with the agave spirit is a match made in heaven  Because National Tequila Day is right around the corner, let’s talk about this classic tequila cocktail and what makes it so special.

On almost every bar menu, the Margarita has been a cocktail staple for years — usually consisting of tequila, orange liqueur, and lime juice — it’s often served in a rocks glass with a salt rim.

Like many classic cocktails, the Margarita doesn’t call for many ingredients, which is why it’s crucial to use quality ingredients. Using high-quality tequila will ensure this drink sips smoothly. You’ll want the flavor of the tequila to shine through but not to overpower the other flavors. Always opt for using fresh-pressed lime juice and quality ice. As any bartender worth their salt (pun intended) will tell you, the key to mixing a perfect Margarita is balance. As with any 3-ingredient cocktail, the simplicity requires a subtle mixture, with each part equally important — not too sweet and not too sour.

There are many variations of this cocktail. Tequilas bars often have different fruit-forward Margarita options like strawberry, mango, or passion fruit. Recently, spicy Margaritas have taken over the cocktail scene, adding muddled jalapenos to any Margarita will provide just the right amount of kick. Fresh herbs like cilantro or basil also play nicely in this classic cocktail. As a rule of thumb, stick to quality spirits, homemade and fresh juices, and use agave nectar if subtle sweetness is desired.

While there are many ways to make this cocktail, here is our favorite way to make a classic Margarita.

Classic Margarita

Classic Margarita

Margarita

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz. Blanco Tequila
  • 1 oz. Triple Sec
  • 1 oz. Lime Juice
  • Coarse Salt
  • Lime Wedge

Preparation: Run a lime wedge around a rocks glass and dip half the glass into the chunky salt. Add tequila, Triple Sec, and lime juice to a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake and pour into the glass. Garnish with a lime wedge and enjoy.

Fun Fact

Did you know that salting the entire rim of the Margarita glass can throw off balance in your cocktail? For this reason, many bartenders opt to only rim half the glass with salt.