One More Margarita


I happen to like the taste of tequila, which is odd because I dislike strong cocktails. But margaritas, made with tequila, can be really tasty. The ones I like are also refreshing.

On this blog I’ve posted on my friends’ real margarita, and also my own watermelon margarita. None of that disgusting sweet and sour mix in these recipes, just real ingredients.

Recently I visited an old friend out of town, and on our first night she made margaritas to celebrate. And I was blown away by them.

Gabriella went to visit my friend Stéphane with me in France a few years back. Here we are trying not to giggle about something.

Gabriella has given me permission to share her recipe, which includes expected ingredients, plus a few unexpected ones.

So, one more margarita recipe!

Gabriella’s Margarita
makes one drink

Lime and salt if desired
2 ounces tequila
3 ounces freshly squeezed lime juice
2 ounces Grand Marnier or Cointreau
1 tablespoon agave nectar
2-3 ounces club soda
Twist of freshly ground pepper

Lime and salt a tall glass, and fill with ice cubes.

Mix the tequila, lime juice, and Grand Marnier together in a pourable pitcher. In this photo I hadn’t added the lime juice yet.

Add the agave nectar and stir well.

Pour the margarita over the ice cubes, not filling the glass by more than 2/3 full.

Add club soda and stir to combine.

Then top the margarita with a twist of black pepper.

And that’s it!

It’s more refreshing than a 3-ingredient margarita, what I call a real margarita, because it’s smoother and doesn’t have that bite. But I love both.

The other evening I made myself a real margarita, mostly because it’s the easiest to remember – 1 part tequila, 1 part Cointreau, and 1 part fresh lime juice.

And out of curiosity and for the sake of culinary research, I added Fresca to my margarita. People, I swear Fresca is magical. It lightened and fizzed up the margarita, but also blended all of the flavors.

So however you make your favorite margaritas, try topping them off with chilled club soda or Fresca, and see what you think!

40 thoughts on “One More Margarita

  1. There’s nothing like a ‘real margarita’ to dive into. So many of them are made out of mixes which really put me right off. Both the recipes you’ve shared sound so simple and good. Cheers!

    • Exactly. Next time you make one, try adding club soda or something fizzy like Fresca – you’ll be amazed at what it does for the margarita!

  2. I’m with you – that sweet and sour mix is nasty! We also use agave nectar in ours but I can’t wait to try Gabriella’s proportions! Salut!

    • Yes, her ratios are different. The other night i made a pitcher of margaritas, had friends taste them as is, then added the Fresca. The reaction was overwhelming – every one loved the addition of it. Even though one drinks margaritas for the “bite” the Fresca smoothed everything over. So odd, but it was a fun experiment!

  3. This sounds SO interesting — a fun variation. And tequila, lime, and Fresca is actually a thing — it’s the Paloma Cocktail (which I happen to be discussing this week). Anyway, fun post — thanks.

    • No kidding! I thought that was grapefruit juice for some reason. But I’m no bartender. But the next time you make any kind of margarita (everyone’s ratios are so different) try the Fresca trick. It’s truly magical!!

    • The pepper didn’t do much for me, so i could take it or leave it. But the club soda and Fresca addition is really wonderful.

    • I really dislike cloyingly sweet margaritas – which is what they’re like if that mix is used. It’s just nasty! A summer cocktail should be refreshing!

  4. I had to look up Fresca…I haven’t seen it ‘down under’ but then again I am not across all the soft drinks. I can see why it made a real difference – sounds delicious Mimi 🍸🍹💙

    • It’s hard for me to remember who’s in the other hemisphere! I have no idea if Fresca is available worldwide. And I’m sure you’re not making margaritas this time of year!

  5. Gorgeous tumblers! I love the twist of pepper. I recently had a pear margarita that was dusted with the finest dusting pepper – delicious! The agave is certainly interesting, as also is the touch of carbonation. Very interesting!

    • The agave compensates for the lower volume of orange liqueur, which also makes the drink less strong. The pepper I could take or leave. I don’t think I’m hip enough for pepper. (My friend is younger than I am!) But the bubbly truly adds something – that you should try.

    • Oh nice – your own bartender! Do try topping off with something fizzy. So far, everyone has embraced it!

    • I always though an orange liqueur was part of margaritas, but, I’m no mixologist. But if you like them, do try adding something bubbly.

    • Haven’t tested this on one person who doesn’t agree it improves the drinkability of a margarita. And smooths it out somehow…

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