Michelle’s Marvelous Margaritas

I think I really discovered a love for margaritas while living out west near the Mexican border. Back in those days, you could cross the border with a Driver’s license. We spent many Sundays in a small border town having amazing margaritas. Here is my reconstruction of those sunny days. I am a purist, it is all about good tequila and fresh juice. No mixes here. Let me know what you think!


FOR A MARGARITA (who makes those):

  • 1 1/2 ounces good tequila
  • 1 ounce Grand Marnier orange liqueur
  • 3/4 ounce freshly-squeezed lime juice
  • Demarera Sugar for simple syrup
  • Ice
  • Lime wedges
  • Kosher salt for rimming the glass



  1. Simple Syrup Bring 3/4 cup of water to a boil. Turn off heat and stir in 1 cup of Demarera Sugar. Allow to cool.
  2. Salting the rim Run a lime wedge around the top rim of your glass. Fill a small plate with salt, then dip the rim until it is well coated. Set aside.
  3. Make the margarita  Combine tequila, orange liqueur, lime juice and ice in a cocktail shaker. Shake for about 30 seconds (always shake citrus). Add a touch of simple syrup if needed.
  4. Serve. Fill serving glass with ice and your marvelous margaritas. Garnish with a lime slice and enjoy!

Here are a few of my favorite things to make perfect margaritas, at the click of your fingers! A decent shaker is an essential part of any kitchen / home bar. I absolutely {HEART} this confetti pitcher set. It is so festive and fun. It reminds me of the colored tiles in the square we used to visit.

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