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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

Serves 1


  • 1 1/2 oz. blanco tequila (100% agave, optional)
  • 1 oz. freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1/2 oz. orange liqueur (we used Cointreau)
  • ice
  • 2 slices lime, garnish
  • kosher salt
  • cocktail shaker


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Place glass in freezer until chilled.
  4. 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.
  5. Strain margarita into chilled, salt-rimmed glass and enjoy!

Recipe adapted from Chow

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