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the perfect margarita recipe

Cinco de Mayo is this next Monday, but I’ll be celebrating this weekend…with margaritas.  My favorite drink above all, bar none, is a marg. I drink red wine because it’s better for me and has less sugar, but if I could have a margarita, I’d take it.

This margarita recipe was created one night because my husband, Matt, wanted a liquor drink but said that margaritas were too sweet for him… enter my recipe.


It’s very simple, which means strong, so be careful, but it’s quite delicious. It has just enough sweet to balance the salted rim.

The Perfect Margarita

  • 1.5 oz regular tequila (I like patron)
  • 0.5 oz Patron Citronge (orange liqueur made in mexico)
  • juice of 2 very juicy limes (or 3 not-so-juicy limes)
  • 1 tsp Agave Nectar
  • Splash of orange juice

Mix all of the above in a carafe and pour over ice in a salt rimmed glass.  To professionally salt the glass, drag a wedge of lime around the rim of each glass, then dip in salt before adding ice and margarita.

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I usually double or quadruple this recipe in a carafe for mine and Matt’s ‘Tequila Tuesdays’. Its natural sugar, and tequila, so you know it’s good!

It’s simple, and the perfect mixture of salty and sweet.  Enjoy!

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  • Love Margaritas and love your shirt! Where is it from?

  • Gorgeous! I love a good margarita too… but I hate sour mix! Making your own is the best! This recipe looks simple & perfect.

  • I have to say, margaritas are my very favorite mixed drink, so I’m always looking for new recipes! We tend to use Cointreau, but the agave nectar and orange juice is always spot on. I’ll have to try it with the citronage next time, for sure!

  • Looks amazing! I made some patron and fresh lime margaritas last night and they were good, but not perfect. I went to KC’s Dining by Design a few weeks ago and Patron was a sponsor so they provided the drinks. Their margarita had a mix of regular and citronage and it was delightful!