The Perfect Margarita for the Summertime

summertime margarita

The margarita: a summer cocktail favorite. There are oh so many recipes out there for the margarita, but I stand by this one.

This particular margarita recipe was introduced to me by a bartender¬† years ago, and it’s still written on a post-it note conveniently located in my silverware drawer.

One summer while visiting my parents’ lake house, I made several batches of these bad boys and brought them out for an evening “booze cruise” boat ride with my parents. My parents jovially approved…however it was a bit of a bicep workout squeezing all of the limes for increased demand throughout the weekend.

Margarita Recipe

Margarita Recipe


  • 2 oz Tequila (Corazon Tequila recommended, but whatever "better than Cuervo" option you have should be fine)
  • Juice from 2-3 limes
  • 1/2 oz Grand Marnier
  • 1/2 oz Triple Sec
  • Lime for garnish


  1. Coat your glass rim with sea salt (optional)
  2. Pour margarita ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice
  3. Shake then pour into margarita glass or rocks glass with a single large ice cube

This margarita recipe does not skimp on quality ingredients. That weekend cost me a pretty penny entertaining my family. In that situation, it was totally worth it. However, f you’re just sitting on your back porch reading through your summertime reading list (hint, hint), you can easily substitute Cointreau for Grand Marnier and even use 1 oz. lime juice from a supermarket to avoid spending the time (and energy) going the fresh-squeezed route.

As my spice drawer can attest, I’m not above cutting corners.

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I'm a writer, reader and dreamer. I'm proud to be the editor and creator of Lit with a Twist. My co-editors, Ella and Fitzgerald, can't be trusted. Probably because they're cats.