The Perfect Margarita Recipe for Cinco De Mayo

The PalomaCinco de Mayo is just around the corner, so there’s no better time to master the margarita. With a few tips from my friend Jeff Cleveland, bartender extraordinaire, and the help of designer Kellie, I’ll show you what makes for The Perfect Margarita and how to make a complimentary drink: The Paloma.


The Perfect Margarita

Margarita IngredientsIngredients:

  • 2 oz. tequila
  • 4-5 limes
  • ¾ oz. triple sec
  • Coarse salt
  • Crushed ice

When making this cocktail, remember fresh is best – no pre-made mix here! That’s why to start you’ll want to juice a handful of limes until you have produced 1 ounce of lime juice. (This usually takes 3-4 limes, depending on the size.)

Using fresh limes will really make this cocktail pop. You’ll also want to prepare your glasses by swiping a lime around the edge and rolling in your coarse salt.

Rimming Margarita Glass with Lime

Now measure out the tequila, lime juice and triple sec (we used the measuring glass from this cocktail set and just loved it – plus you get all the tools you need to start mixing at home).

Measuring for the Perfect Margarita

Combine these in a cocktail shaker with ice and get shaking! Pour over crushed ice in your prepped glasses, garnish with a lime wheel and cheers – or should I say ¡salud!

Margarita Cocktail Shaker

Perfect Margarita

blog-divider7The Paloma

Now if you want to take it a step further for your next fiesta, give Jeff’s recipe for “The Paloma” a try. This time you can take the shaker out of the equation and give the following a stir in your favorite ice-filled Collins glass (but a margarita glass will do just fine).


  • 2 oz. tequila
  • ½ oz. fresh lime juice
  • 2-3 oz. grapefruit soda – we used Jarritos
  • Pinch of salt

To finish, garnish with a lime wheel or a slice of grapefruit. I hope these cocktails have you inspired for your next fiesta!

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