Magnificent Margaritas

The brand of triple sec you choose does make a difference in a margarita’s flavor. Cointreau is a good choice because the subtle orange flavor won’t overpower the fresh lime.

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Lime-infused simple syrup

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • Strips of peel from 1 lime


  • 1 1/3 cups fresh lime juice (7 to 8 limes), 2 lime halves and 8 strips of peel reserved
  • 1 cup (8 oz./8 shots) tequila
  • 1/2 cup Cointreau orange liqueur or other brand of triple sec
  • Ice, in small cocktail cubes
  • Kosher salt, for glass rims


1.  To make Lime-Infused Simple Syrup: Bring sugar and  1⁄2  cup water to a boil in small saucepan. Boil 1 minute. Remove from heat, and add lime-peel strips. Cover, and cool. Remove and discard lime strips.

2.  To make Margaritas: Stir or shake together lime juice, tequila, triple sec, 1⁄4 to  1⁄2  cup Lime-Infused Simple Syrup, and plenty of ice. 

3  Pour Kosher salt into small saucer. Rub each glass rim with reserved lime half (switch halves after 4 glasses), and dip in salt, if desired. Pour Margaritas into glasses, and garnish each glass with strip of lime peel.

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size per 2-tbs serving
  • Calories 53
  • Carbohydrate Content 3 g
  • Cholesterol Content 0 mg
  • Fat Content 5 g
  • Fiber Content 2 g
  • Protein Content 1 g
  • Saturated Fat Content 1 g
  • Sodium Content 3 mg
  • Sugar Content 1 g