We’ve gotta say, a good, old-fashioned cocktail really hits the spot every once in a while and we’re here to share one of our favorites with you. Considering how much we love Mexican food, we find ourselves indulging in a classic margarita at least once every few weeks. While we love a lot of the fun and fruity variations, the standard original is what we keep turning back to, specifically, the 3-2-1 original.
3-2-1 just refers to the proportions of this drink, so you’ll always remember how to make a great one; 3 parts tequila, 2 parts lime juice, 1 part orange liqueur (triple sec or Cointreau), and you’re good to go! It’s no problem if margaritas or alcoholic beverages aren’t your thing – you could always make a non-alcoholic version – but if they are, dive right in and enjoy!
Classic 3-2-1 Margarita
- 1 1/2 oz. blanco tequila (100% agave, optional)
- 1 oz. freshly squeezed lime juice
- 1/2 oz. orange liqueur (we used Cointreau)
- 2 slices lime, garnish
- kosher salt
- cocktail shaker
- Pour a thick, even layer of salt out onto a small plate and take 1 lime slice and rub it around the rim of a cocktail or margarita glass.
- Hold glass at an angle and roll the rim in salt so you’ve got a ring of salt that goes around the outside of the rim.
- Place glass in freezer until chilled.
- Fill a cocktail shaker halfway with ice, then pour in tequila, lime juice and orange liqueur. Shake for 30 seconds, or until shaker is frosty and liquid is thoroughly chilled.
- Strain margarita into chilled, salt-rimmed glass and enjoy!
Recipe adapted from Chow