Stephen Karlisch
Yield
Serves 1 

An ice-cold cocktail is the perfect way to beat the late summer Southern heat, and these margaritas are a surefire way to get a good party going with lively conversation and great refreshments. Whether you're hoping to whip up a big batch to sip by the pool or planning for a girls' trip to the beach, these margaritas are a delicious excuse to enjoy an afternoon outside. This traditional mix of fresh lime juice, simple syrup, Triple Sec, and salt (for rimming the glasses) gives that refreshing sweet-and-tart blend everyone loves. And, of course, you can't forget to add in a hearty helping of tequila! In this recipe, the Tequila Ocho Plata has a clean, mild flavor perfect for a well-made, strong drink (as they should be!). This cocktail is also a great way to entertain a crowd at an outdoor party or fiesta-style get-together, complete with colorful placemats, wicker hurricanes and sombreros. You can even make them a few hours ahead of time and chill in decorative bottles or pitchers, ready to shake and serve when guests arrive. If you prefer a sugar rim instead of a salt rim, feel free to go for it. We prefer how salt cuts the sweetness and sourness of the margarita, but you can have both salt and sugar out ready for each person to choose from. And, be sure to top each margarita glass with an extra lime wedge before serving; some people like some extra juice for flavor! The only other tip we could give is to make sure you have plenty of supplies for more batches of this perfectly traditional margarita.

How to Make It

Fill a metal cocktail shake halfway with ice, and add the tequila, triple sec, lime juice, and simple syrup. Cover with lid, and shake until chilled. Strain and serve over crushed ice into a salt-rimmed glass.