MARGARITA RECIPE Plus Essential Cinco De Mayo Food

07/05/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

A well-made margarita is probably the best way to use your tequila. Varieties, flavors and ratios for margaritas abound, but the International Bartenders Association (IBA)-certified ratio is a 7:4:3 ratio of 50% tequila, 29% Triple Sec or Cointreau, 21% fresh lime or lemon juice.

Essential Margarita Recipe

Seven parts tequila
Four parts Cointreau or Triple Sec
Three parts lemon or lime juice
Lime wedge or slice for garnish
Salt for rim of glass


  1. Rub the rim of the glass with the lime slice to make the salt stick to it. Shake the other ingredients with ice, then carefully pour into the glass (taking care not to dislodge any salt).
  2. Garnish with lime and serve.

Modify the proportions to your liking, adding any fresh fruits -- or even herbs -- you desire, but whatever you do, don't use sour mix. For a discussion on orange liqueurs (triple sec, cointreau, curucao, grand marnier read this article on

More information on the margarita here. For some other Cinco de Mayo recommendations, check out the slideshow below.

Cinco de Mayo Food: What To Eat & Drink(CLONED)