El Catrin's classic margarita recipe

When it comes to margaritas, El Catrin Destileria keeps it classic — and that’s just how we like it. Try this margarita recipe tonight.

Serves 1

Preparation time 5 minutes

There’s no doubt that margaritas are ideal for summertime — but the origin of the famous tequila-based tipple is full of loose ends.

Was it created in 1938 by Tijuana restaurant owner Carlos Herrera to impress the beautiful showgirl Marjorie King? Or, was the citrusy, salt-rimmed sipper named after the Texan socialite Margarita Sames who would serve it to guests at her Acapulco villa? Or perhaps it’s a riff on the Prohibition-era daisy cocktails (after all ‘margarita’ means daisy in Spanish).

Here’s what we do know: A classic margarita is absolutely crushable — and that’s one delicious fact. Try El Catrin's margarita recipe below, and watch the video to see how it's done. 


  • 1 ½ oz El Jimador Blanco (or any blanco tequila)
  • ½ oz Pierre Ferrand Dry Curacao (triple sec)
  • 2 oz lime juice
  • 1 oz agave nectar


  1. Rim a glass with lime and then salt.
  2. In a shaker filled with ice, add the tequila, curacao, lime juice and agave syrup. Shake.
  3. Strain into the glass over fresh ice and garnish with a lime wedge.

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