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Classic Margarita Cocktail recipe

Classic Margarita Recipe – Which Tequila should I use?

The Margarita is a beautiful classic cocktail -and it’s easy to make, too. The drink is already from the 40s although it’s really famous starting from the 70s. In the US there’s even a national Margarita day (22nd of February). That’s reason enough for looking into the creation of a nice, classic Margarita.

A Margarita is not the most complex of all cocktails, so there’s nowhere to hide regarding flavors. Therefore you should only use quality ingredients – especially for the Tequila. A Silver Tequila is the most classic choice but you can try out different ones to find out your favorite. One of our favorite twists is using a reposado Tequila, a barrel aged Tequila which gives your Margarita cocktail a smooth, a bit smoky touch.


    • 1/4 cup kosher salt
    • 1 wedge lime
    • 1 oz fresh lime juice
    • 2 heaping teaspoons superfine sugar
    • 1/2 oz Cointreau or other triple sec orange liqueur


Use lemon and rub around the rim of a glass and afterwards dip it in salt. Put Ice cubes in the glass to chill it. Finally add ingredients into a shaker with ice. Shake it and strain it in the prepared glass. If you want you can garnish it with a lime wedge.

Which Tequila should I use in a Margarita?

We told you already that a silver Tequila is a typical choice. But your can try and taste to find your personal favorite. In Mexico you often have the possibility to replace Tequila with Mezcal. That gives it an even smokier taste and you’ll end up having tons of options to find you perfect fit.

The only thing you should look at is quality. Don’t buy the cheapest Tequila available, as mentioned there’s not much besides the main ingredient. So taking a cheap Tequila can ruin your Margarita straight away. If you want some specific recommendations, start crating your Margarita with:

While our favorite Tequila for a classic Margarita is a good silver Tequila, like Patron silver Tequila, we definitely have some other suggestions as well: Our personal favorite is the Grand Mayan Ultra aged -though it’s absolutely not cheap and some may say you shouldn’t mix it in a Margarita, try it and you’ll not be disappointed. If you’re looking for a not-so-expensive  twist try El Jimador’s reposed Tequila or if you’re into smoky drinks, try to use a Mezcal based Margarita aswell. So go ahead mix & try and let us know which is your favorite.


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