An authentic margarita is a far cry from the sweet slushies that most are familiar with today.  It is fresh, vibrant and impossible to match with a bottled mix.  In Mexico, margaritas are usually made with key limes which give the drink a yellow color instead of the neon-green that people have grown accustomed to.

Quite possibly the ultimate summer cocktail.

Quite possibly the ultimate summer cocktail.

2 teaspoons coarse salt

1 lime wedge

2 ounces tequila

½ ounce Cointreau or triple sec

1½ ounces freshly squeezed lime juice (preferably key limes)

Place the salt in a saucer.  Rub the rim of a cocktail glass with the lime wedge and dip the glass into the salt to coat the rim thoroughly; reserve the lime wedge.  In a shaker half-filled with ice cubes, combine the tequila, Cointreau, and lime juice.  Shake well.  Strain into the cocktail glass.  Garnish with the reserved lime wedge.



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