August 5, 2015

The Classic Margarita

Recipe: Amy Rosen

Shaken, not frozen, our margarita cocktail benefits from lots of fresh lime juice, premium tequila and a dash of Grand Marnier — the perfect start to any summer fiesta.


  • 11⁄2 oz. top-shelf agave tequila
  • 1⁄2 oz. Grand Marnier or Cointreau
  • 1 oz. freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1⁄2 oz. simple syrup
  • Kosher salt for garnish (optional)


Yield: Serves 1

  1. In a cocktail shaker, shake all ingredients (except salt) with ice.
  2. Moisten glass rim with cut lime and dip edge in salt.
  3. Add ice to glass, and strain in margarita. Margaritas can be made ahead in batches, but taste much better when prepared à la minute.

To make simple syrup, combine 1⁄2 cup sugar with 1⁄2 cup water in a small saucepan and simmer until sugar melts, then allow to 
cool completely. Stores in the fridge for weeks for future cocktail needs.



Stacy Brandford


House & Home September 2010 Issue