There are many stories associated with the margarita's origins. The prevailing one credits Texas socialite Margaret Sames, who combined the ingredients in salt-rimmed glasses with the Spanish version of her name etched on them.

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  • 1 lime wedge and kosher salt
  • Ice
  • 2 ounces blanco tequila
  • 1/2 ounce Cointreau or other triple sec
  • 3/4 ounce fresh lime juice

How to make this recipe

  1. Moisten half of the outer rim of a chilled coupe with the lime wedge and coat lightly with salt. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add the tequila, Cointreau and lime juice and shake well. Strain the drink into the prepared glass.
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