The Perfect Margarita Recipe

The Perfect Margarita


  • 3 counts (1 1/2 oz) of Jose Cuervo Especial
  • 2 counts (1 1/2 oz) of Cointreau
  • 2 counts (1 oz) of fresh lime juice
  • 1 count of Gran Gala
  • 14 medium ice cubes (yes these are counted, and they were the size of bar ice cubes, not the ones in your fridge!)
  • lime wedge for garnish
  • salt for rim

How to make The Perfect Margarita

You'll need a big shaker. When I learned how to make this margarita, the bartender used the liquor pourers for easy pouring. Each "count" is about equal to a second on the clock.

In a shaker, in order as listed, pour the ingredients.

Shake vigorously until you hear the ice sounds change. The shake makes all the difference. (Yes, he told us this.) Pour into your favorite margarita glass! Makes one serving.

I happen to like mine frozen, so this went in the blender. But, this recipe makes one kick-ass margarita on-the-rocks.

I had some mint leaves (no lime), so that was my garnish! Perfect for an evening snack, I had mine with some tortilla chips and guacamole topped with crumbled queso fresco.
Question from the Chef

“What's your favorite way to cook with salt?”

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