This Margarita on the Rocks recipe took me years of research and I have finally found the absolute best one ever! This simple and sensational from- scratch margarita has only 4 ingredients. You don’t need expensive liqueurs or mixes to make this ultimate tequila cocktail!
If you’ve been around ACT for a bit, you know that I LOVE Margaritas! Whether it’s this slightly exotic Tamarind Margarita or this gorgeously red Hibiscus Margarita, this is one tequila cocktail I never tire of.
So, for years I’ve searched for the perfect easy margarita recipe.
And I found it. Finally. And Yes, the search was worth it!
So what makes this margarita cocktail the BEST?
The tequila – and yes, I’m serious. But it isn’t about the brand! Read on to find out why the type of tequila used makes such a difference!
Ingredients for this Tequila Cocktail:
- Reposado tequila
- fresh limes
- chili lime salt
- agave nectar
Types of Tequila FAQ’s:
Tequila is a spirit made from the blue Agave plant native to Mexico.
There are 5 different types of tequila.
Tequila Gold, which has colorings and/or flavorings added,
Reposado, which is aged in wooden barrels from 2 to 11 months and is mellower and has more caramel notes than a Blanco tequila.
Anejo which is aged for 1 year in barrels that don’t exceed 600 liters. Has a mellower and more complex flavor than Reposado.
Extra Anejo which is aged for 3 years and, due to the concentration of alcohol, is diluted with water prior to bottling.
It really depends upon the cocktail! Blanco tequila works very well in mixed drinks with other strong flavors as does Reposado. The Anejo tequilas are more like aged whiskies and are really intended for straight sipping.
The key to this simple margarita recipe is using Reposado tequila versus Blanco, which is what most from scratch margaritas are made from!
Reposado is smoother than Blanco, with hints of vanilla and caramel, giving this tequila cocktail a much deeper flavor. Agave syrup makes the perfect sweetener and fresh lime juice always beats bottled! With a slightly salty and spicy rim, this Margarita on the rocks is everything a perfect margarita should be.
How to Make this Simple Margarita Recipe:
- Run a lime around the glass rim:
- Dip the glass in a chile and lime salt
- Combine the tequila, agave nectar and lime juice in a shaker tin and shake. Pour over ice into your rimmed glass and serve!
Margarita on the Rocks Recipe:
If you’re only gonna have one simple margarita recipe, this is the one! With only 4 ingredients, you can whip this tequila cocktail up anytime the mood strikes!
If you love this as much as I do, I’d love for you to give it a 5 star rating in the comments!
Margarita on the Rocks
- 2 oz. reposado tequila
- 1 oz fresh lime juice
- 3/4 oz. agave nectar
- 1 teaspoon chile lime salt I used Tanjin
- 1 lime wedge optional
- Reserve one of the juiced limes to rim the glass. Run the lime around the rim.
- Spread the chile lime salt on a small plate. Dip the rim into the chile salt, making sure to cover the entire rim.
- In a shaker, combine the tequila, lime juice and agave nectar.Add ice and shake for 45 seconds.
- Add ice to the rimmed cocktail glass and pour the cocktail over.
- Garnish with a lime wedge if desired.