Margaritas are a refreshing treat, and are the perfect way to liven up warm Southern summers. Serve these ice-cold drinks at alfresco luncheons, casual gatherings, taco night... honestly, we welcome any occasion. And the best news? You don't need to purchase premade margarita mix. This simple tutorial shows how to make margaritas from scratch, and these are even better than the storebought kind. Beat the heat by mastering this classic recipe from our friends at Real Simple, then experiment with adding spices, fresh herbs, or even fresh fruit for a flavorful margarita makeover. MargaritasCoarse salt
2 lime wedges
2 ounces silver tequila
1 ounce Cointreau
1 ounce lime juice

Add ¼-inch coarse salt to a shallow dish. Moisten the rim of an old-fashioned glass with a lime wedge. Roll rim of glass in salt until the entire outer edge is covered. Fill glass with ice. Combine 1 oz. Cointreau, 2 oz. silver tequila, and 1 oz. lime juice in an ice-filled cocktail shaker. Shake well. Strain into salt-rimmed glass. Garnish with a lime wedge.

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