My Favorite Margarita


Source: Micki Seibel, July 2012

Everyone has their own personal preference for the ratio and strength of their favorite margarita. Since this site started out as a way for me to keep my recipes for lookup later, this is mine.

The usual ratio for a margarita is 3 parts tequila to 1 part cointreau. However, that ratio is too bitter for me and tastes too much like straight-up tequila, which I dislike. In my version, the result is a lot less bitter, but to each her own, right?

The important thing for you is that this is a true margarita. It’s not something concocted from a sugar-added, artificial “margarita mix.”  Why do you need a mix for something that only has 3 ingredients anyway? Experiment with your own ratios and enjoy the process (as we did).


  • 2 parts lime juice
  • 1 part tequila
  • 3 parts cointreau
  • kosher salt


  1. To put the salt on the glass, take a wet cloth and wipe around the edge of the glass. Be sure to get wetness on both the inside and outside lip of the glass.
  2. Place the salt on a plate in a diameter equivalent to the widget of your glass. Press the lip of the glass into the salt.
  3. In a drink mixer, combine the lime, tequila, and cointreau and shake.
  4. Add ice to the salted glasses, pour the margaritas, and serve.