While the Margarita is one of the most popular cocktails in North America, its origins are shrouded in mystery. There are almost as many stories about who invented the margarita as there are margarita recipes. Some like them blended, others with a sweetener, but many argue the best margarita recipe is this classic one. Memorize it and you’ll never fail to impress.
Add the ingredients to a shaker and fill with ice
Shake well and strain into a chilled cocktail glass or rocks glass filled with fresh ice
Garnish with a lime wheel. (For a slightly sweeter drink, add a dash of agave syrupone part water, two parts agave nectarbefore shaking.)
Watch top bartender Jacques Bezuidenhout make a twist on the classic Margarita in our How to Cocktail video.
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