Food and Recipes

the perfect margarita

Since I was 21 years old, I shied away from margaritas. I think it stems from a couple experiences. I remember trying a margarita at a party in college and was not impressed with the flavors: overly sweet, overly sour, overly artifical. At the time, it didn’t dawn on me that college kids make the cheapest possible drinks with the lowest-end ingredients. Also, I remember reading the label of one of those big tubs of margarita mix about 8 years ago and saw that there were 53 grams of sugar per serving!

After those two experiences, I decided to steer clear of margaritas. But within the past couple years, margaritas are making a big comeback. Many taquerias are now serving “skinny” versions without all the sugary mix. I’ve tried them a handful of times in restaurants, and they’re refreshing, a little strong (since only a couple ingredients are used) and a lot overpriced. Most skinny margaritas I’ve had set me back around $10.

Over the past couple years, an unsung hero has perfected the margarita. I wish I could take credit, but I’m the first to admit I’m a horrible mixologist.

The recipe is simple, but I’d venture it’s one of the tastiest versions out there. I think the true success of this recipe is in the proportions, since most people use the same ingredients for maragaritas.

On a scale from healthiest to guiltiest, it teeters right in the middle. I figure that if I’m only having one margarita every week or two, then right in the middle is ok 🙂

The Perfect Margarita


  • 1 shot tequila
  • 1/2 shot triple sec or grand marnier
  • 1/2 shot margarita mix (not a sugar-free mix)
  • 1/2 fresh lime (juice)
  • Fresca

Basically, it’s quite simple. Fill a glass with ice, add first four ingredients, then top with Fresca until glass is full and gently stir.

If you’ve got a Tervis Tumbler, I’d suggest using it. It keeps your drink cooler, plus, no sweat.

Now, I know many of you think I’m crazy for sharing this recipe after I recently kicked off a breastfeeding series. Have no fear for James Michael 🙂 I have my one margarita after he goes to bed, when I know it will be 7 or 8 hours before I’ll nurse him again.

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I'm a full-time wife and semi-stay-at-home mom to four young kids. Day to day, I help my husband with his small business, but when I have any extra time, you can find me cooking or being active outdoors with my family. We live at the foothills of the North Georgia mountains and are embracing modern homesteading month by month.


  1. Breastfeeding and having an occasional drink are totally fine! I would nurse my girls and then have a drink. Usually my girls went 3 hours between sessions, so I was perfectly comfortable with my decision.

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