Makeshift Margaritas

I love a Margarita. I think it goes perfectly with fatty foods, and it's just the thing on a hot summer night. Unfortunately, I don't always have Sweet & Sour Mix or Triple Sec handy (Ina would be so disappointed). This is the recipe for when you have tequila, a couple lemons, a few limes, a craving for Margaritas, and nothing else. I always make this as a double, so that's the measurement in parentheses. Enjoy responsibly! Yields 1 serving.

Margarita ingredients:

  • 2 parts tequila (4 fl. oz.)
  • 1 part lemon juice (2 fl. oz.)
  • 1 part lime juice (2 fl. oz.)
  • 1 part simple syrup or agave nectar (2 fl. oz.)
  • ½ part triple sec, optional (1 fl. oz.)
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt for coating the rim
  • Lemon juice for coating the rim


  • Two small plates for coating the rim
  • Ice for shaking and serving
  • Cocktail shaker and strainer
  • A large glass


  1. Onto one small plate, squeeze about a teaspoon of lemon juice. Spread the salt on the other plate.
  2. Lightly swirl the glass in the plate of lemon juice, then in the plate of salt. Just lightly dip if you like light salt, or swirl for max salt. Add a handful of ice cubes, smashed or not.
  3. Fill the cocktail shaker halfway with ice. Add the tequila, lemon juice, lime juice, and sweetener.
  4. Cover and shake vigorously until the shaker is well frosted. Strain into the glass. If you must, garnish with a slice of lime.