Fresh Lime Margarita inspired by Mexico City

The other drink I indulged in while visiting Mexico City was the Margarita. There are tons of festive varieties in the States and I’ve been happy to sample a number of them but while in Mexico I wanted to stick with the old school style: on the rocks lime Margarita.

All the Margaritas I enjoyed in Mexico City were bursting with fresh lime flavor, slightly sweet but not coyly so. I think they were so much more refreshing than the ones I get at home because they made them with freshly squeezed limes instead of Margarita mix as most bars in the States do.

Also, the limes in Mexico are more like Key limes which are sweeter and less acidic than the Persian limes commonly found in American supermarkets.

Taking one for the team (the team being Spoons to Sporks; food blogging is tough…) I sampled a variety of Margaritas and I hate to admit this but I liked the one from the W Hotel bar the best (that hurts to type).

In order, I would rank them: #1: W Hotel Bar #2: Dulce Patria #3: Cantina LA No. 20.  Reed would rate the bars differently but he likes stronger drinks than I do and the W bar made a lovely light concoction that barely tasted like tequila. The other bars had more robust drinks which were good but slightly strong for me.

One oddity is that I don’t like salt on my Margarita which is odd because I have a major crush on salt. There’s a lovely blog, Not Without Salt, and I think that’s the perfect way to describe food, eating, and epicurean enjoyment but the name was already taken.

A confession: I took the pictures of the finished drinks with their pretty, little, salt halos and then promptly wiped off the salt on my one.  Salt or no; this is a great Margarita recipe. If you can find them use Key limes. Enjoy!

Margarita with Fresh Lime Juice (2-3 drinks)

(Total time 15 minutes)


  • 2/3 c gold tequila (makes a strong drink, next time I’d only add 1/2 c but I don’t like strong cocktails)
  • 1/3 c orange liquor such as Cointreau or Grand Marnier (My mini Cointreau only contained 1/4 c so I compensated by adding a little more lime to the margarita)
  • 1/3 c fresh lime juice
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • ice
  • 2 tbsp kosher or sea salt (optional)
  • 2-3 lime wedges (optional)

The Procedure:

Combine tequila, orange liquor, lime juice, and sugar in a pitcher or container; stir to dissolve the sugar.

Add ice to lime mixture.

Pour salt into a shallow bowl.

Moisten the rim of 4 glasses with the lime slice.

Hold each glass upside down and dip the rim into the salt.

Pour the mix into glasses. Garnish with lime wedges.

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