This is one of those recipes that I never really intended on posting, but then I realized that holymoly these margaritas are good and - hey! - the recipe is wayyyy easy. There are times for fancy schmancy drinks with a little more going on, and then there are times for I'd-like-a-drink-I-can-make-in-my-sleep drinks, and this is the second one. If you ask me (which maybe you didn't, but let's pretend you did), this is the P E R F E C T margarita recipe - and it's literally as easy as 3-2-1. Happy day.
When it comes to cocktails, I'm sorta picky and I have a few pet peeves: I don't want something watery, I don't want something super sweet, and I definitely don't want something that tastes like juice. I'm also a weirdo who doesn't like slushies, popsicles, or anything remotely icey, so even though I'll drink a blended cocktail every now and then, I'd much rather have mine on the rocks. I totally realize that everyone has their own preferences when it comes to cocktails and mixed drinks, but now you know where I'm coming from when I rave about how much I love these. I'm not one to call a recipe perfect on a whim, but I've made these so many times now, for all the margarita lovers I know, and I really don't see myself ever needing another margarita recipe again.
So here's the breakdown: 3 ounces of tequila, 2 ounces of freshly squeezed lime juice, and 1 ounce of simple syrup. Shake it up til it's chilly, pour it over ice, and you have a margarita that's strong, tart - in a refreshing way, versus a mouth-puckering way - and perfect for sipping with chips and homemade salsa on a weekend afternoon. You see what I'm doing here, right? It's the weekend, you have a quick blender salsa recipe at your fingertips, and fresh margaritas are a few seconds away. Do it!
The 3-2-1 Margarita
A margarita recipe that's as easy to make (and remember) as counting to 3. This drink packs a punch and plenty of tart lime flavor.
- Yield: 1 margarita 1x
- 3 ounces tequila
- 2 ounces freshly squeezed lime juice, plus extra for glass rims
- 1 ounce simple syrup*
- salt, for glass rims (optional)
- lime wedge or slice, for garnish (optional)
- Combine tequila, lime juice, and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well for about 30 seconds, or until well mixed and chilled.
- Dip the rim of a highball glass into lime juice and then salt, if desired. Fill with ice. Strain margarita into glass and garnish with a wedge/slice of lime. Serve immediately.
*To make simple syrup, stir together 8 ounces (1 cup) water with 7 ounces (1 cup) granulated sugar in a saucepan set over medium heat. Heat, stirring occasionally, just until the sugar has dissolved into the water. Store in a jar or other airtight container in the refrigerator. This will make enough for several drinks.