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Handmade fresh margarita

A handmade fresh margarita is so much better than most of the margaritas in this world that are made with premixed sweet and sour. In my opinion, sugar and additive-dense commercial sweet and sour mix is the reason for most margarita hangovers. Or at least hangovers that result from a margarita or two. If you have three or more, you are on your own.

A little bit of orange juice

I did a lot of reading, talking and tasting to figure out this margarita. I am not sure if that is a perk or a penalty of the food-blogging trade, but I happily rose to the occasion. The secret is a splash of fresh orange juice. This seemingly small addition really smoothes out a margarita.

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Up or on the rocks

Serve this margarita up like a martini, or on the rocks.

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Margarita made with Grand Marnier, fresh squeezed lemon, lime & orange juice, and a splash of agave nectar.


  • 1 lime wedges
  • Margarita salt
  • Ice
  • 1 1/2 ounces blanco or reposado tequila
  • 1 ounce fresh squeezed lime juice
  • 1/2 ounce meyer lemon juice
  • 1/2 ounce orange juice
  • 1 ounce Grand Marnier or Cointreau
  • 1/2 to 1 ounce agave nectar, to taste
  • 1 slice of lime


  1. Run a lime around the rim of a rocks glass or a martini glass. Dip the edges of the glass in a platter of margarita salt.
  2. Put a handful of ice in a cocktail shaker and add tequila, lime juice, lemon juice, orange juice, Grand Marnier and a agave nectar.If serving into a highball glass put ice in the glass before pouring. If serving in a martini glass pour straight up with no ice. Shake vigorously and strain into glass. Serve with a slice of lime.







  1. Tinko says:

    Your food recipes are quite nice, but the cocktails are off. This is way too sweet and weak. The balance is horrible: you can’t taste the alcohol and there’s too much orange. Agave is unnecessary as Gran Marnier is already sweet enough, as is orange juice (which has no place in a margarita ).

    Stick to the food.

    1. Kim Pawell says:

      Hi Tinko, I totally respect your opinion on what makes the perfect margarita. In fact I wrote a post on just this topic: What Makes a Perfect Margarita. To figure out what makes a perfect margarita, I did a lot of research and rounded up 10 people to try a variety of ingredient combinations, liquor to non-liquor ratios, shaken vs, stirred, neats vs, rocks, etc… The result was that everyone has their own preferences. Some like tasting the alcohol, some like masking the tequila. Some like a bracing tequila flavor with a high ratio of tequila and others like their margarita sweeter and less potent. Some like their margarita neat or on the rocks. In the end, the perfect margarita is very personal. I also understand your comment about orange juice has no place in a margarita. It certainly is not traditional. It was something I discovered in doing my research. I was pleasantly surprised at how it smoothed out a margarita, as were many of the people in our 10-person experiment. Orange juice in a margarita is not for everyone. I personally like it. I would love it if you would share your recipe for the perfect margarita with Something New For Dinner readers. Thank you for writing in!

  2. Raul says:


    We loved the margarita. All the ingredients mix great together. Like you said everybody has a different preference. I love tasting the the tequila more so I add more oz of tequila. My girlfriend prefers masking the tequila and loves the sweet buzz she gets while not overpowering her taste buds.
    Thanks for the recipes!

    1. Kim Pawell says:

      Thanks Raul, We had a lot of fun researching this, and the bottom line is no one recipe works for everyone. Once you know the key ingredients you can perfect the recipe to your personal taste. I’m glad you were able to find a formula for both you and your girlfriend’s different tastes! half the fun is figuring it out!

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