Perfect Margarita

Muddled lemons and limes plus Grand Marnier make a perfect margarita


prep 0:30       total 0:30



Simple Syrup

1/2 cup sugar
1 cup water

One Margarita

1 shot simple syrup
1 shot Tequila
1 shot fresh-squeezed lemon/lime juice (see instructions)
1/2 shot Grand Marnier (or Gran Gala/Triple Sec)
Lemon and lime rind chunks
Margarita salt (if desired)


To make the simple syrup:
Mix sugar and water in a small sauce pan. Bring to a gentle boil, about 5-10 minutes. Once the sugar has dissolved in the water, turn off the heat and let the mixture cool.

To prepare citrus:
Squeeze the juice from 6 lemons and 6 limes into a container. Cut up rinds into small chunks (approximately 8 chunks to one lime and 16 chunks to one lemon).

To make one margarita:
Put a handful of ice and 3 lemon rind chunks and 3 lime rind chunks into a cocktail shaker or pint glass. Muddle using a muddler.

Pour in one shot each of simple syrup, Tequila, lemon/lime juice and 1/2 shot Grand Marnier. Stir well.

Wipe a lemon rind around the rim of a glass and dip it in salt. Put a handful of ice in the glass and pour in the margarita mixture.

Drink. Repeat.

Author's Comments

This recipe was inspired by Jay Azevedo and made repeatedly by Eric Eggers. Check out Jay's restaurant Blue Pig Cafe in Portland.

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2 Recipe Reviews


jslagle reviewed Perfect Margarita on April 21, 2010

This is a great recipe and happens to be virtually identical to how I've been making margaritas for years dating back to my bar-tending days as well. The only thing I would do differently is add just a splash of orange juice. It takes the edge off the tequila and mellows the drink to make it perfect.


ryansnyder reviewed Perfect Margarita on April 21, 2010

Pure deliciousness.