The classic margarita is made up of tequila, lime juice and triple sec. But what if you don't have any triple sec or just came back from the store without a bottle of the orange-flavored liqueur? No problem. The triple sec can be replaced with a variety of other orange-flavored liqueurs or you can add an entirely different fruit flavor.
While any brand and quality of tequila will do, some purists believe that the better the tequila, the better the margarita. Bottles are labeled as premium or super premium. The mark of premium is given to those tequilas that are made up of less than 100 percent agave, the plant from which tequila is distilled. The super premium label is reserved for bottles made from 100 percent agave.
Triple sec normally adds a citrus-flavored balance to the margarita. Alternatives include Cointreau, Grand Marnier, Clement Creole Shrubb liqueur and St. Teresa Orange liqueur.
Squeeze fresh limes for optimum tartness.
Mix ingredients in a blender or cocktail shaker. Add 1 1/2 oz. of tequila, 1/2 oz. of orange-flavored liqueur, 1 oz. of fresh lime juice and ice. Shake or blend. Moisten the rim of a glass with a dampened paper towel then dip in salt. Pour margarita into glass and enjoy. Vary the quantities of the ingredients to suit your taste.