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Original Margarita Recipe

The Original Margarita Recipe is a classic cocktail recipe that is made with tequila, orange-flavored liqueur, lime juice, and syrup. Rim the glass with salt or sugar for your next happy hour at home.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time0 mins
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: margarita
Servings: 1
Calories: 255kcal


  • 2 ounces tequila
  • 1 ounce orange-flavored liqueur or orange juice
  • 1 ounce lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup
  • ice
  • salt or sugar to rim glass (optional)
  • 2 small lime wedges


  • Begin the recipe by using a cocktail shaker or jar with a lid to combine together 2 ounces of tequila, 1 ounce orange-flavored liqueur, 1 ounce lime juice, and 1 teaspoon maple syrup together. 
  • Place the top/lid on the shaker or jar and carefully shake for 10 to 15 seconds.
  • Grab your favorite glass and rub the rim with a slice of lime for the lime juice. Rub this part of the glass in salt or sugar until the rim of the glass is completely covered.
  • Add ice into the glass.
  • Pour the mixture from the shaker or jar into the glass. Top with a lime wedge for garnish. Serve and enjoy!


  • Be sure to use fresh lime juice for this recipe. For an ounce use approximately the juice of 1 ½ small limes. 
  • Rim the glass with salt or sugar. If you prefer to use salt, use coarse sea salt or kosher salt. For a sweet margarita, rim the glass with raw sugar. 
  • If this margarita is too strong in terms of alcohol, adjust to your preference or allow the ice to melt a little before drinking to dilute. 
  • You may substitute orange juice in the same unit of measure for the orange-flavored liqueur. 
  • Double or triple the recipe as needed. 


Calories: 255kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 5mg | Potassium: 37mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin C: 19mg | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 1mg