A Classic Margarita

A Classic Margarita

Here’s a no-fuss way to entertain. Purchase ready-made salsa and chips chips, place chips in basket and salsa in colorful bowl, make blender margaritas, and serve. (Then, go out for Fish Tacos at the Black Pearl on Main Street.)

And that’s just what Richard and I did when we invited Trish and Andrew over for dinner. Of course, like every ubiquitous cocktail, there are hundreds of ways to make this drink — straight up, on the rocks, blended, with various fruit concoctions — you name it.

Many concur it’s the choice of citrus that differentiates a margarita. I prefer using key limes, perhaps with the addition of a bit of lemon juice, but some margarita buffs swear by Persian limes. Liqueurs such as Triple sec are commonly used to give the signature hint of orange, but I’ve always selected the orange murmur of Grand Marnier.

The original intention was to make my own fish tacos from scratch. I’ve linked to my favorite recipe, which is perfect for casual dinners and entertaining.Sometimes life gets the better of you. The Black Pearl on Main Street is famous for their fish tacos, and they were much enjoyed. The appetizer “shark bites” with grilled bread were a fun nosh passed around the table, as well.

(Note: Richard, as always, was the designated driver. He was able to enjoy his blender margarita after we returned from dinner when we were safely cocooned on the back porch, tucked in for the evening.)

Recipe: A Classic Margarita


  • Zest and juice from 2 juicy limes, plus 2-4 slices lime
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar (or more to taste)
  • 2 cups ice
  • 1 cup your favorite tequila
  • 2 tablespoons Grand Marnier
  • 1 lime, sliced
  • Coarse salt as needed to coat glass rims


  1. Place ice in blender. Add zest, juice, 1/2 cup sugar, tequila and Grand Marnier. Blend until smooth, then taste and adjust ingredients as desired.
  2. Run lime slice around rim of glass to moisten. Place salt on flat plate, large enough to accommodate rim of glass. Rub glass rim into salt. Pour margarita into glass and serve.

Number of servings (yield): 2-4 drinks

Time: 15 minutes

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