The Perfect Margarita


With the right margarita ingredients (fresh limes and high-quality tequila and triple sec) and the right ratios, you can easily master the best margarita! The classic recipe is 3 parts tequila, 2 parts triple sec, and 1 part freshly squeezed lime juice (3:2:1), and you should probably start off pretty close to that. My favorite ratio for a perfect margarita is 4:3:2.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
10 mins
1 margarita

What's Taco Tuesday without a delicious and fresh margarita? There's no need to go out to enjoy a tasty margarita when you have this recipe in your repertoire.

Chef John's margarita is created with the perfect ratio of ingredients that will give you the best-tasting margarita every single time.

mid angle looking at a glass of margarita garnished with lime slices
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Margarita Ingredients

Margaritas are incredibly simple to make with just a few ingredients:

Chef John recommends a good quality 100% agave white tequila.

Triple Sec
Use a high-quality triple sec for the best results.

You'll need freshly squeezed lime juice, plus lime slices for garnishing.

Use coarse salt for the rim of the glass.

How to Make a Margarita

When you make a margarita you'll want to follow Chef John's 4:3:2 ratio — which is different from the classic 3:2:1 ratio for a margarita. Here's how to make the perfect margarita:

Prepare the Glass

Moisten the rim of the glass with a lime wedge, then dip the glass in coarse salt. Add ice cubes to the glass and chill the glass in the freezer until ready to serve.

Make the Margarita

Combine tequila, triple sec, and lime juice in a shaker with ice. Shake until the outside of the shaker is frosted.


Strain the margarita into the prepared glass and serve with a lime wedge.

Learn more: How to Make a Margarita

Editorial contributions by Bailey Fink


  • 1 wedge lime

  • 1 teaspoon coarse sea salt, or as needed

  • 1 large ice cube

  • 1 cup ice cubes, or as needed

  • 2 fluid ounces white tequila

  • 1 ½ fluid ounces triple sec

  • 1 fluid ounce freshly squeezed lime juice

  • 1 slice lime


  1. Moisten the rim of a glass with a lime wedge. Sprinkle salt onto a plate. Lightly dip the moistened rim into the salt. Place a large ice cube in the glass and freeze the prepared glass until ready to serve.

  2. Fill a cocktail shaker with fresh ice. Add tequila, triple sec, and lime juice. Cover and shake vigorously until the outside of the shaker has frosted.

  3. Strain margarita into the chilled glass and garnish with a slice of lime.

    mid angle looking at a glass of margarita garnished with lime slices
    Dotdash Meredith Food Studios


For the best results, be sure to use fresh ice, fresh limes, and a nice bottle of triple sec, like Cointreau. You'll also want to use a decent 100% agave white tequila, like the Don Abraham's Single Estate Blanco Tequila I enjoyed, but having said that, feel free to use one with a shorter name.

Some like to add a dash of agave nectar for a little extra sweetness, but I do not.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

321 Calories
0g Fat
30g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 1
Calories 321
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 0g 0%
Sodium 331mg 14%
Total Carbohydrate 30g 11%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Total Sugars 20g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 31mg 156%
Calcium 34mg 3%
Iron 4mg 24%
Potassium 125mg 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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