This margarita recipe comes from Mariano Martinez, and is used when he prepares margaritas in his own home. Mariano has been credited with being the man most responsible for making tequila the #1 drink in the United States. This and other recipes can also be found on On July 20th, Mariano was featured on ABC News Nightline. This motivational story is about the climb of a 25 year old Mexican-American and his numerous adversities while struggling to make his way to the top! Visit our websites, or, and our Facebook for all event information. Mariano is the founder of Mariano’s Mexican Cuisine and La Hacienda Ranch, all located in the DFW Metroplex.

  • Yield: 1
  • Difficulty: Easy

Ingredients (3)

  • 2 oz. Fresh, hand-squeezed Lime or Lemon Juice
  • 1 ½ oz. 100% Agave Tequila
  • 1 oz. Grand Marnier or Cointreau


  1. Salt rim of glass, if desired. Set aside.
  2. Fill pint shaker with ice and add all ingredients.
  3. Shake vigorously exactly 5 times and pour contents of shaker in glass.
  4. Lime wedge garnish optional.
  5. A great margarita must contain three primary ingredients: 100% agave tequila, real orange liqueur,and real, freshly squeezed lime or lemon juice. It must also be correctly hand-shaken with ice. Some 100% agave tequila recommendations are: Herradura Silver, el Jimador, Patrón Silver or Don Julio Blanco. Expensive aged tequila is not necessary for margaritas, but don’t buy by price alone. Cheap tequila can contain grain alcohol, so stick with 100% agave tequila for the best margaritas.