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Classic 3-2-1 Margarita.
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How To Make A Classic 3-2-1 Margarita

A classic margarita, served on the rocks. Recipe slightly adapted from Chow.com. Recipe in parenthesis is for 4 drinks.
Prep Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Alcohol
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 4
Author: Cynthia


  • 3 parts tequila 6 ounces
  • 2 parts orange liqueur triple sec, Grand Marnier or Cointreau (4 ounces)
  • 1 part fresh lime juice 2 ounces
  • Simple syrup or agave nectar to taste (4 Tablespoons)
  • Kosher salt for rims of glasses
  • Fresh lime slices for garnish
  • Optional: zest of lime


  • Into a cocktail shaker, mix 3 parts good quality tequila, 2 parts orange liqueur and 1 part lime juice, simple syrup and zest of one lime, if desired.
  • Rub a wedge of lime around the rim of a rocks glass. Coat rim with kosher salt. Fill with ice.
  • Pour margaritas into glasses and garnish with lime slices.