The Original Margarita

The Original Margarita

Freshly squeezed lime juice is mixed with a secret ingredient to deliver the world’s best and most delicious original margarita.


Let’s celebrate Cinco de Mayo the way it was supposed to be celebrated – with Margaritas!

Freshly squeezed limes mixed with a secret ingredient to deliver the world’s best Original Margarita. Arriba!

The secret to the best Margaritas in the world is … powdered sugar. That’s right, I said powered sugar. Also known as confectioner’s sugar.


It also helps to have good quality tequila – like Patron Silver or Jose Cuervo Silver. These brands won’t break the bank.

If you want the best I would recommend El Jimador or Herradura if available at your liquor store.

Skip the cheap bottle of triple sec and go for the addition of an orange flavored liqueur to bind all the flavors in this original margarita.

It’s a splurge you can’t afford to skip. It makes a huge difference in the flavor of this cocktail. While a bit on the pricey side for a bottle, I promise it will last for a long time.

Fresh squeezed lime juice is essential for this recipe.

We discovered these Margaritas through trial and error after always asking for the recipe from our favorite Mexican restaurant, yet being turned down every time.

Our creation is pretty close. Yum.



Be sure to try my other margarita recipe, the Silver Elderflower Margarita.  It features elderflower liqueur in place of powdered sugar.

The "Original" Margarita

Freshly squeezed lime juice is mixed with a secret ingredient to deliver the world's best and most delicious original margarita.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time0 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Original Margarita
Servings: 1
Author: Ali Randall


  • 9 shots freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 6 shots of quality top shelf silver tequila
  • 4 shots of Grand Marnier or Cointreau
  • 1.5 cups of powdered sugar
  • Crushed ice
  • Kosher salt to rim the glass
  • Lime slices or wedges


  • Run a wedge of lime around each glass and coat in kosher salt. In a pitcher, pour in the lime juice, tequila, orange liqueur and powdered sugar and mix the ingredients until the sugar has dissolved completely. Pour over ice in salt rimmed glasses.

9 thoughts on “The Original Margarita”

  • we have been making margaritas with both Grand Marnier and Cointreau lately (well, not together, separately – we are enjoying many margaritas lately). I definitely need to try the confectioner’s sugar!

  • Powdered sugar?!? I’ve never heard that, or tried it….but there’s still time until Cinco de Mayo!

  • Wow! I’m going to have to try this with powdered sugar! I had no idea! I would love it if you link this up to Tipsy Tuesday at Grey is the New Black!

  • I have been making margaritas with powdered sugar for years. It dissolves much better due to how fine it is. Margaritas made with either Cointreau or Grand Marnier are absolutely great, but keep in mind they will have different flavor profiles because Cointreau is a triple sec and Grand Marnier is brandy-based.

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