We are less than a week from Cinco de Mayo and around here that is pretty exciting stuff.  My Darb and I officially/unofficially started dating 6 years ago on May 5th and so I like to celebrate.  This year I decided to start with an adult beverage because…why not.  At our local Mexican restaurant they have what I consider to be the best margarita around.  They call it the Bonita Margarita and it comes in shaker with a salt rimmed glass.  Nothing really ever compares to them and until now I have never been able to come close to recreating them at home.  I decided to call this recipe The Perfect Margarita because in my opinion, it is.  Simple, straight forward, sweet, sour, salty and perfect.

Here are some perfect dinner options to serve with your Perfect Margarita…Korean Pork Street Tacos, Chicken Enchilada Soup, and Tamale Pie.

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In the past when I made margaritas I have always tried to make large quantities…without much luck.  This time I decided I wanted to get the ratio of ingredients perfect per drink and then you can take it from there.  Start by making a simple syrup, which is equal amounts of sugar and water that you boil until the sugar dissolves.  You want to be sure to let it cool completely.  You can even make this part ahead of time and keep in your fridge for a couple of days. 

Then you need lime juice…LOTS of lime juice.  You will need a total of about 5 tablespoons per drink and that ended up being 3 limes when I juiced them.  Tequila {I used Jose Cuervo} and Cointreau {orange liquor} round out the rest of the ingredients.

I began by adding all of the ingredients to my shaker and then turned my attention to the cup.

To get the kosher salt to attach to the glass, I ran a wedge of lime around the rim.

Then I immediately dipped the rim in kosher salt {but coarse sugar would work too}.

I love a cold margarita but don’t exactly want to deal with the ice, so I added a couple of pieces to the shaker.  Then I added the top of the shaker and shook…shook…shook.  If you don’t have a shaker than a mason jar with a lid works great too.

Pour the chilled mixture into your glass and add round of lime for garnish.

Perfect and ready to celebrate!  Cheers to 6 years with my favorite!

Perfect Margarita

Perfect combination of ingredients to create the best margarita on the planet.

Course Drinks
Prep Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 drink


  • 1.5 oz Tequila
  • 1.25 oz Cointreau {orange liquor}
  • 2.25 oz Lime juice
  • .75-1 oz Simple syrup
  • Lime Slices & wedges {garnish & for rim}
  • 1/4 cup Kosher Salt {to rim glass}


  1. In a shaker combine tequila, cointreau, lime juice and simple syrup.  Take a lime wedge and run it along the edge of your glass, immediately roll into kosher salt and turn to coat.  Once the glass in ready, add a couple pieces of ice to the shaker and shake for about 20 seconds.  Pour into glass and garnish with a lime slice.

Recipe Notes

  • I used .75 oz. of simple syrup but if you prefer a sweeter margarita than 1 oz. might be right for you.
  • If you do not have a shaker, than use a mason jar.
  • Coarse sugar can be used in place of the kosher salt.