Mix-free Margaritas

mix-free margaritas

I’m sure that the last thing anyone needs this time of year is another recipe for margaritas. Alas, here I am tossing my hat in the ring. Not to toot my own horn — I believe most of the credit for these must go to the “premium spirits” used — but this cocktail has become somewhat notorious in the Sage family’s circle. Let’s just say these can go down all too easily and the ratio of liquor to juice is three to one. So yeah, they’re pretty potent.

I’m very much of the opinion that margarita mixes are best avoided and absolutely unnecessary — especially if you’re using good-quality tequila and orange liquor. By no means do you need to throw down cash for Patrón — though, if we’re celebrating Cinco de Mayo, why not go for something top-shelf? — but at the very least, make sure your tequila is 100% Agave … you’ll thank me the morning after!

Mix-free Margaritas

Preparation Time: 2 minutes

Makes: 1 cocktail

Make sure the lime juice through tequila are at room temperature to ensure the proper dilution! For a larger batch, just keep in mind the following ratio (and don’t skip the cocktail shaker!): 1 part Lime Juice : 1 part Cointreau : 2 parts Tequila


  • 1 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 ounce Cointreau
  • 2 ounces 100% agave tequila¹
  • Ice
  • Sparkling water (optional)


Combine lime juice through tequila in a cocktail shaker (or Mason jar) with plenty of ice. Shake until thoroughly mixed and chilled. Strain into a lowball glass, add a few fresh cubes of ice and, if desired, top with a splash (1 – 2 tablespoons) of sparkling water. Serve immediately!


¹ I use Patrón (silver or reposado), 1800 (silver) or El Jimador (blanco).

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    May 5, 2012 at 4:30 am

    Mmmmmm….my favorite cocktail! Happy Cinco de Mayo!

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