The Perfect Margarita Recipe

The Perfect Margarita Recipe
perfect margarita

Maryse Chevriere

perfect margarita

What makes this rendition perfect, you might ask? "The secret is to use fresh juice," reveals Alex Alejandro of El Parador Café, New York City's longest living Mexican restaurant. Fresh lemon juice, that is.

Alex explains that lemon juice is used instead of lime because it is less tart and doesn't mask the flavor of the tequila. Other tips? There should be equal parts tequila and triple sec, and always serve it straight up and with salt. If it's on the rocks, he says, the flavor of the margarita gets too diluted by the time you reach the bottom of the glass.

"Once you taste a perfect margarita, you can't go back."


Use the lemon wedge to wet the rim of the cocktail glass then coat the rim in a thin layer of salt.

Combine the tequila, triple sec, and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker with ice and give it an "energetic shake" to ensure you get a good head of foam. To serve, strain into the prepared cocktail glass.  


Calories per serving:

333 calories

Dietary restrictions:

Low Fat, Low Sodium Fat Free, Low Fat Abs, Low Potassium, Kidney Friendly, Vegan, Vegetarian, Paleo, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Egg Free, Milk Free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Pork Free, No Oil Added, Kosher

Daily value:



  • Fat 0g 1%
  • Carbs 27g 9%
  • Saturated 0g 1%
  • Fiber 1g 2%
  • Sugars 21g
  • Monounsaturated 0g
  • Polyunsaturated 0g
  • Protein 1g 1%
  • Sodium 7mg 0%
  • Calcium 9mg 1%
  • Magnesium 9mg 2%
  • Potassium 145mg 4%
  • Iron 0mg 1%
  • Zinc 0mg 1%
  • Phosphorus 16mg 2%
  • Vitamin A 0µg 0%
  • Vitamin C 48mg 79%
  • Thiamin (B1) 0mg 2%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 0mg 2%
  • Niacin (B3) 0mg 1%
  • Vitamin B6 0mg 3%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 23µg 6%
  • Vitamin E 0mg 1%
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