A classic Margarita. Getty images photo

“Margarita” is Spanish for “daisy,” and this is likely a tequila-based 1930s variation on the even older drink of that name. This recipe is part of The Alchemist‘s series of cocktails you should know. 

• 2 oz blanco tequila
• 1 oz orange liqueur such as Cointreau
• 1 oz freshly squeezed lime juice
• Garnish: Salted rim, optional lime wedge

Rim a rocks glass with salt: Run a lime wedge around the rim of the glass, then dip into a sauce of salt, preferably coarse salt. Add ice to the glass. Place tequila, Cointreau and lime juice in a shaker with ice, shake well, and strain into the rocks glass. If you like, garnish with a wedge of lime. Serves 1.

Note: You can also serve this “up” in a stemmed glass or blended with ice. If you are blending it, add more sweetener otherwise it will taste too tart.

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