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The Perfect Margarita

How to make the perfect margarita
Maureen Petrosky / TODAY

Chef notes

Mastering how to make the perfect margarita is easier than you think! You only need three ingredients to make a perfect margarita.

To make a salted rim: Run a wedge of lime along the lip of your glass and lightly dip into coarse salt. 

To make it spicy: Add 4 thin slices of jalapeño, seeds removed. 

To make it fruity: Muddle one hulled, ripe, sliced strawberry in the glass before adding the ice. 

To make it fizzy: Add a splash of club soda. 

To make it fizzy and spicy: Top with a splash of ginger beer.


  • 2 ounces silver tequila
  • 1 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 ounce triple sec, like Cointreau
  • Ice


In an ice filled shaker, add the tequila, fresh squeezed lime juice and triple sec. Shake until combined and chilled. Strain into a glass rimmed filled with ice. Garnish with a lime wedge.