Classic Margarita

Although the origins of this refreshing drink are hotly disputed, it has become deeply entrenched in our national cocktail culture and even celebrated in popular song. Infinite variations are served in all manner of glassware, but the classic is served on the rocks with my Citrus Salt rim and a lime garnish.

Classic Margarita recipe | Cocktail Chameleon Blog


  • 16-oz. tumbler

bar tools

  • Small plate
  • Cocktail shaker


8 oz., serves 1; or scale up for a pitcher



  • Kosher salt
  • 1 lime wedge
  • 2 oz. blanco tequila
  • 1 oz. orange liqueur
  • 2 oz. fresh lime juice
  • 2 oz. fresh lemon juice
  • 1 oz. agave nectar


On the small plate, spread a thin layer of Citrus Salt. Coat the outer rim of the chilled glass with juice from the lime wedge and roll in the salt. Fill the shaker with ice and add remaining ingredients, shaking until well chilled. Fill the prepared glass half-full of crushed ice and strain the contents of the shaker into the glass. Garnish with the lime wheel.