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Margarita on the rocks

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  • Dairy free
  • Egg free
  • Gluten free
  • Lactose free
  • Nut free
  • Peanut free
  • Sesame free
  • Soy free
  • Wheat free
  • Shellfish free
  • Seafood free
  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian

Shake yourself up a margarita whenever you’re craving a fresh, citrusy cocktail. This recipe shows you how easy it is.

  • Serves1
  • Cook time10 minutes
  • Prep time5 minutes, + cooling time
2 glasses of margarita garnished with limes


  • 2 tsp cooking salt
  • 1 lime, cut into wedges
  • Ice cubes, to serve
  • 2 tbs tequila
  • 1 tbs Cointreau or orange-flavoured liqueur
  • 1 1/2 tbs lime juice

Simple sugar syrup

  • 1 cup (250ml) water
  • 1 cup (220g) caster sugar

Nutritional information

Per serve: Energy: 742kJ/178 Cals (9%), Protein: 1g (2%), Fat: 0.2g (0%), Sat Fat: 0g (0%), Carb: 9g (3%), Sugar: 9g (10%), Dietary Fibre: 3g (10%), Sodium: 4584mg (229%).

Check ingredient labels to make sure they meet your specific dietary requirements and always consult a health professional before changing your diet. View dietary information here.

Percentage Daily Intake information on our recipes is calculated using the nutrition reference values for an average Australian adult.


  1. Step 1

    To make the simple sugar syrup, bring 1 cup (250ml) water to the boil in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add the sugar. Cook, stirring, for 1 min or until the sugar dissolves. Bring to the boil. Reduce to a simmer. Cover and cook for 5-7 mins or until the syrup thickens slightly. Remove from heat and set aside to cool completely.
  2. Step 2

    Place the salt on a small plate. Run 1 lime wedge around the rim of the glass, then dip in the salt to coat. Fill the glass with ice.
  3. Step 3

    Add the tequila, Cointreau or orange-flavoured liqueur, lime juice and 2 tsp sugar syrup to a cocktail shaker with more ice. Shake for 15 secs. Strain the mixture into the glass. Add the remaining lime wedges. Serve immediately.

Recipe tip

Use it up:
Use any leftover lime to make speedy salmon tacos with lime cream, which will also go well with a margarita.

How to make the perfect summer cocktail: classic margaritas

If you’re after a fun cocktail that has the fresh flavour of citrus and is sour, sweet and salty all at once, then a margarita is the perfect choice. This popular cocktail originated in Mexico, and the classic margarita ingredients include tequila, of course, and a simple sugar syrup. Often, you’ll find a margarita served in a glass that has a rim of salt. It’s a simple drink to make at home, especially if you have a cocktail shaker, and will taste 10 times nicer than a store-bought mix. Once you’ve mastered the basic recipe, try a jalapeño margarita or strawberry margarita, too.

Tips for how to make a margarita

Don’t be tempted to substitute the tequila in this margarita cocktail recipe – no other alcoholic beverage will do and it won’t taste the same. If you can, get good-quality silver or reposado tequila. To achieve the margarita’s characteristic flavour, you need to use lime, not lemon, and the lime needs to be fresh because you want the aroma of the lime and not its tangy, sour taste. While you can use store-bought lime juice, it doesn’t tend to have the same fresh fragrance, so fresh is best in this margarita recipe. You need an orange liqueur. To get a traditional flavour, go for Cointreau orange liqueur or Grand Marnier. 

To know when you have combined your ingredients enough, shake until the bottom of the shaker is frosty. You can use a mason jar to shake the ingredients together if you don’t have a cocktail shaker. Finally, it’s important to strain your drink as you pour it into a glass to get rid of any lime pulp. Add a few small ice cubes or a larger ice cube, which will not melt as quickly.

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Now the fun part: serving your margaritas

Serve this easy margarita recipe on the rocks, poured over ice; frozen – blended with ice so it becomes slushy; or straight up, which means shaken or stirred with ice to chill it in the shaker, then served without ice. When choosing a glass, you can use a margarita glass, cocktail glass or an old fashioned glass. A simple margarita recipe is great paired with dishes that also use lime juice, like prawn tacos with lime avocado salsa or spicy lime beef skewers with pickled onions.


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