As Will points out, a true classic Margarita won’t taste like what you get in the average bar, because they often use sour mix or even Margarita mix to save time. And those mixes, among other differences, are sweeter than the straight ingredients.
Here is how you actually make a Margarita.
Prep by putting a coupe glass in the freezer, and pour some flake salt into a flat plate. Juice one lime and retain the rind. Pour the tequila, Cointreau, and lime juice into a shaker filled with ice; I like the shake-stir here. Shake or stir until very cold.
Retrieve the glass, and rub the the rim with the lime rind (inside or out). Dip the glass rim in the salt and spin. Pour the mixed ingredients into the glass and cut off a piece of the lime rind for a garnish.
- 1 1/2 oz 100% agave tequila
- 1 oz fresh lime juice
- 1/2 oz Cointreau
As you drink, turn the glass to get some fresh salt with each sip!