Achtung! New, better, cheaper recipe!
The FiveThirtyEight website used scientific data to find The Best Margarita. It is better than our previous recipe, but we made it even better by adding some lemon juice to smooth out the harshness of lime juice and tequila.
There is no need to use expensive tequila. Cointreau is also expensive, but any triple sec will do. You can make these Margaritas a little better with premium tequila, but that’s up to you.
- 1½ ounces Lunazul 100% Agave Blanco Tequila or other 100% agave blanco tequila
- ¼ ounce DeKuyper O3 Orange Liqueur or other triple sec
- ¾ ounce lemon/lime juice mix
- ¼ ounce blue agave nectar (do not dilute with water)
- 1 cup of ice
— Mix together equal parts of fresh lemon juice and fresh lime juice. Add the tequila, orange liqueur, and 3/4 ounce of the lemon/lime juice mix to a shaker with ice. Shake until chilled, and serve in a glass with ½ of the rim salted Garnish with a lime wheel on the rim of the glass.
This drink is good with the usual ¾ ounce of lime juice instead of the ¾ ounce lemon/lime mix.
For pitchers of frozen margaritas, pour 12 ounces of tequila, 2 ounces of triple sec, 3 ounces of fresh lemon juice, 3 ounces of fresh lime juice, and 2 ounces of agave nectar into a blender with 3 or 4 handfuls of ice, and blend on high speed.
Lunazul costs about $20 and deserves all of its prestigious awards. Olmeca Altos is also a good bargain. Agavales mixes very well and costs under $15. DeKuyper O3 Orange is half the price of Cointreau and works better than Cointreau with these Margaritas.
Other tequilas in the $20 range we’ve tested are Campo Azul Reposado (the gold one). Espolon makes a smooth, sweeter margarita with a milder taste. Other highly-rated tequilas in this price range include El Padrino and Pueblo Viejo. Sauza Hornitos Reposado (gold) is popular in Mexico, and will give you an enjoyable burn.
If you want a Premium Margarita, use a more expensive blanco Tequila like Milagro.
For Strawberry Margaritas, add 2 fresh or frozen strawberries per drink, before mixing.