This is the signature drink at my in-law's home. My father-in-law developed a taste for margaritas made from scratch during the summer they spent in Zihuatanejo during the 1960s. After decades of tinkering he has arrived at this foolproof recipe for the ultimate Mexican cocktail.

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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Measure the tequila, lime juice, sweetened lime juice and triple sec into a cocktail shaker and add a generous scoop of ice. Cover and shake until the shaker is frosty, about 30 seconds.

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  • Rub a lime wedge around the rim of a margarita glass and dip in salt. Fill each glass with ice. Strain equal amounts of the cocktail into the glasses to serve. Garnish with a lime wedge.

Nutrition Facts

187.5 calories; 0.2 g protein; 16.7 g carbohydrates; 0 mg cholesterol; 85.1 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
04/24/2007
Finally an AUTHENTIC margarita recipe. If you think margarita mix or frozen limeade tequila is yummy or you like "blended" margaritas this might be more than you bargained for. If you like margaritas the way God intended them (on the rocks with salt made from scratch) you can't do better than this. Using fresh limes means you might taste some differences from batch to batch. Too sour? Add a dash more triple sec. If you don't have any Rose's Lime Juice you can just skip the "sweetened lime juice" part. I often make them with just 5 parts tequila 4 parts triple sec and 3 parts FRESH lime juice and they are fine. Just keep in mind this is a serious cocktail for people with grownup palates. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
05/01/2009
These were not bad but not the best I've had. I think its better to just stick with fresh limes and skip the sweetened lime juice. Read More
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  • 4 star values: 17
  • 3 star values: 5
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 4
Rating: 5 stars
04/24/2007
Finally an AUTHENTIC margarita recipe. If you think margarita mix or frozen limeade tequila is yummy or you like "blended" margaritas this might be more than you bargained for. If you like margaritas the way God intended them (on the rocks with salt made from scratch) you can't do better than this. Using fresh limes means you might taste some differences from batch to batch. Too sour? Add a dash more triple sec. If you don't have any Rose's Lime Juice you can just skip the "sweetened lime juice" part. I often make them with just 5 parts tequila 4 parts triple sec and 3 parts FRESH lime juice and they are fine. Just keep in mind this is a serious cocktail for people with grownup palates. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/09/2008
This was wonderful. For anyone who isn't armed with knowledge of Tequila. Try using Sauza Hornitos or El Tesoro. Cuervo is a no-no. Mexicans won't touch the stuff. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/08/2007
Best margarita I have ever personally made....I HIGHLY recommend. The secret is definitely in the fresh lime juice. Thanks! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
05/25/2008
I'm a big fan of fresh lime juice margaritas (I despise sour mix!!) but these were a little too strong and too tart for me. I added some sugar and that helped out a lot. VERY strong as written but on the plus side they were good for sipping as they still had kick even as the ice melted and they watered down. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/20/2008
If you're lookin' for "Knock You On Your Tail" Margaritas - Here ya go!! We used silver Petron (TALK ABOUT SMOOTH TEQUILA!). Which I would recommend but don't be heavy handed - take the time to measure out the ounces. (I made the foolish mistake of letting the husband prepare the second round...) Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/13/2008
We really liked this but after the first batch we cut the tequila down to 4 ounces - they were just a tad too strong as written (and we like to drink!). Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/18/2008
These were a big hit!!! I made jugs of them and used Raspberry Cordial instead of sweetened lime juice to make Pink Margaritas. Also made them in a blender with ice so I could make a larger amount in one go. Thanks for the fab recipe! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
05/01/2009
These were not bad but not the best I've had. I think its better to just stick with fresh limes and skip the sweetened lime juice. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/07/2008
I made this recipe for cinco de mayo and they were a hit. They taste just like the margaritas served in authentic mexican restaurants. I didn't have time to squeeze fresh lime juice so I bought a bottle of the pre squeezed and they were still excellent. This recipe is going into my family recipe book! Read More
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