To salt or not salt, that is the question. The margarita is a drink that has spawned countless variations. From on the rocks or frozen to Cadillac or strawberry, this classic tequila and lime-based cocktail can sometimes be unrecognizable when you order it at an unfamiliar bar or restaurant. To avoid the disappointment of paying for a drink that falls short of your expectations, you can whip up your own traditional margarita at home with just a few basic ingredients — and treat yourself to a happy hour at home while saving a few dollars.

Things You'll Need

Fill the shaker tin with 1 cup ice, then add the tequila, triple sec, simple syrup, lime juice and a splash of orange juice.

Secure the lid and shake vigorously for about 15 seconds or until the surface of the tin begins to ice up.

Fill the glass with ice, then strain the drink into the glass, garnishing with a lime slice.


  • To make a frozen margarita, blend all the ingredients from step one in a blender for 10 to 15 seconds.

  • A moderately priced white or gold tequila will yield the best results.

  • To salt your glass, spread 1/4 cup of kosher salt onto a bread plate. Squeeze the lime onto the lip of the glass, circling the lip to wet all of it. Place the lip gently into the salt and rotate it completely around to cover the edge of the glass with salt.

  • Make your own simple syrup by combining an equal amount of sugar with boiling water, and allow the sugar to dissolve completely.