This is my husband's secret recipe from Austin Texas. We always serve this to our favorite friends. A very straightforward margarita with no added sugar.

Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
total:
10 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 servings
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Combine the water, lime juice, tequila, and cointreau in a half-gallon pitcher. Stir to mix.

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  • To serve, rub the rim of a margarita glass with lime, and dip in salt. Fill the glass with ice, and top with the tequila mixture. Garnish with a slice of lime.

Nutrition Facts

359 calories; protein 0.4g 1% DV; carbohydrates 32.5g 11% DV; fat 0.2g; cholesterolmg; sodium 9.4mg. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
04/23/2007
Fresh lime juice is the secret. I disagree with the bartender who recommends Cuervo -- I've slowly come to believe that the people who order Patron silver margaritas are not idiots wasting fine tequila. It's great for margaritas. A cheaper alternative might be Sauva Hornitos. My personal favorite is Herradura but like the reviewer who is a restaurant owner and bartender it can be a waste. Good tequila is like good wine and you don't have to slam it like a college kid to enjoy it. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
04/22/2014
I did not care for this recipe. Read More
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22 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 14
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
04/23/2007
Fresh lime juice is the secret. I disagree with the bartender who recommends Cuervo -- I've slowly come to believe that the people who order Patron silver margaritas are not idiots wasting fine tequila. It's great for margaritas. A cheaper alternative might be Sauva Hornitos. My personal favorite is Herradura but like the reviewer who is a restaurant owner and bartender it can be a waste. Good tequila is like good wine and you don't have to slam it like a college kid to enjoy it. Read More
(68)
Rating: 5 stars
02/23/2007
As a restaurant owner and bartender I find that using good tequila (over 20) in a margarita is a waste. Any standard Cuervo will do. The key is to use fresh and top shelf ingredients along with it. Fresh lime juice lime zest Grand Marnier and Cointreau. Remember....you wouldn't make a Bellini or Champagne cocktail with Dom Perignon! Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
04/22/2014
I did not care for this recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/21/2009
This is my understanding of the classic recipe - and it is wonderful. The tequila MUST be 100% agave (Patron is) and I personally prefer anejo with it's additional flavor. Another note to soften a little replace some of the freshly squeezed lime juice with freshly squeezed lemon juice - but no more that 1/2... Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/16/2004
Definite keeper. The absolute key is good tequila. I added a little bit of sugar or splenda but otherwise a great margarita! Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
04/22/2014
I did not care for this recipe. I though it was too sour and diluted. While tequila LOVES sour and Cointreau adds sweetness I highly recommend cutting out the water cutting way down on the Cointreau and adding some agave nectar or simple syrup to taste. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/31/2007
This is the second time I make this drink and I definetely love it specially since there is not additional sugar other than the one that the tequila and the cointreau already have which means to me "pure flavor". Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
08/05/2008
I never thought of a margarita as having a complex flavor...but lime juice and water isn't (to me) a margarita. We tried these because of the fresh ingredients but something is missing here. (We're 'on-the-rocks' folks; no frozen for us.) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/16/2010
This happends to be the original Margarita Cocktail recipe. Combine lime cointreau and tequila with ice in a shaker shake for 1 mintute serve up with salt required. Its ridiculously good nothing like you'll ever have at any bar. Read More
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