by Kathy Strahs on May 4, 2009 · 8 comments

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Around here, in San Diego, the margaritas will be flowing in a big way on Cinco de Mayo. Everyone has their preference when it comes to the refreshing cocktail: frozen or on the rocks. I tried a margarita recipe I found on a bottle of Triple Sec both frozen and on the rocks (yes, I am willing to sample multiple drinks for your benefit) and I determined my true margarita preference: sweet.

The recipe calls for a 2:1:1 ratio of tequila, triple sec and fresh lime juice. No sugar or other sweetener. Blech! Way too bitter for me. I understand that this the more traditional approach, and hopefully someday my taste buds will come to appreciate it. For now, however, I’m conditioned to enjoy my margaritas a bit on the sweet side. I added a teaspoon of sugar and it was just right.


Margarita on the rocks

Adapted from the back of a bottle of Hiram Walker Triple-Sec Liqueur


2 parts premium tequila
1 part triple sec
1 part fresh lime juice
Sliced limes for garnish
OPTIONAL: 1 teaspoon sugar per 4-oz serving (if you prefer your margaritas sweet!)
OPTIONAL: 1 cup ice per 4-oz serving (if you are making the frozen version)


On the Rocks
Shake all ingredients together in a cocktail shaker (if you’re using sugar, first stir to dissolve). Strain into a salt-rimmed glass with ice.

Blend all ingredients in a blender until slushy (if you’re using sugar, first stir to dissolve). Pour into a salt-rimmed glass.

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Mindy May 4, 2009 at 6:33 AM

I’ve always been partial to the fruitier margaritas myself, but I wonder if it’s because I prefer the sweetness too? Hmmm…I may have to test this theory out–it might take some time, but I’m up for the challenge! 😉


Esi May 4, 2009 at 11:02 AM

I’m a fan of tart margaritas, but really, I wouldn’t turn down a slightly sweet one too.

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marguerite May 4, 2009 at 11:16 AM

YUM! Extra lime for me!

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Lori @ RecipeGirl May 4, 2009 at 5:50 PM

I think you should test a few other kinds LOL! I’m not huge on margaritas personally unless they have a really nice flavor added in w/ fruit or something. Midori margaritas or mango margaritas… love those!

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maris May 4, 2009 at 10:32 PM

Mmmm…let me know if you need me to test a few for you 🙂

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Dani May 5, 2009 at 12:48 PM

very “cinco de mayo”

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