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One story claims a wealthy American socialite invented the drink at one of her parties.

The Margarita is a South of the Border Delight

  • Author: Kevin Mayfield
  • Prep Time: 5 Minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 Cocktail 1x
  • Category: Classic Cocktails


This tangy south of the border classic is perfect for hot summer days and really quenches your thirst.



2 Ounces Tequila

1-1/2 Ounce Orange liqueur 

Generous measure course sea salt

1-1/2 Ounce fresh squeezed lime juice

Lime wheel for garnish


  1. Wet the rim of a glass, then dip into a plate of course sea salt to 'salt' the rim of the glass
  2. Add two scoops of ice to a cocktail shaker
  3. Pour in the liquid ingredients and shake for 20-30 seconds
  4. Carefully pour or strain into the center of a Margarita glass, taking care not to knock off the salt
  5. Add lime wheel for garnish


Salt the rim of the glass before mixing the drink to give it time to dry and stick to the rim better

You can use Cointreau orange liqueur instead of Orange Curacao

Add a shot of Grand Marnier orange liqueur to create a Cadillac Margarita--my personal favorite

Keywords: Margarita, Cinco de Mayo, Tequila, Cadillac Margarita, mid century cocktails, 1950's cocktails, 1960's cocktails, 1970's cocktails, madment cocktails