RECIPE: Salt & Lime’s original margarita |

RECIPE: Salt & Lime’s original margarita

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — It’s about time margarita season arrived.

Late summer nights when the light lingers after an adventure, there’s something about this particular cocktail that quenches the thirst.

Some like it salty, some like it sweet. But where does that base recipe start?

Salt & Lime had a few seasonal varieties of margaritas – caliente, strawberry and cucumber – it can be overwhelming to decide which to try first.

Luckily, the Original Margarita was the answer to the cocktail conundrum.

“A simple margarita recipe like The Original Margarita really just focuses on the flavor of the tequila,” said Danielle Garcia, bartender at Salt & Lime. “And the Cointreau in the recipe makes it smoother and gives that balance to the cocktail.”

The recipe, created by Ted “J.J” Johnson, of The Laundry, has three simple ingredients. No fancy fixings here to deter those at home mixing up the cocktail for the evening.

All it takes is Dulce Vida Tequila silver, Cointreau, which is an orange liqueur – basically a higher end version of triple sec – and of course, lime juice.

“That’s why it’s such a good recipe because it has those staples for your base recipe then you can add whatever you want to make it your own and whatever you’re in the mood for,” said Taylor Hebel, bartender at Salt & Lime.

For those who like it a little sweeter, mix in Grand Marnier to make it into a Cadillac Margarita or even Chambord black raspberry liqueur for more of a fruity variation.

On the spicier side, add some jalapeño to the baked agave flavors by muddling them at the bottom of the cocktail shaker.

Don’t forget the presentation — flaked sea salt and lime on the rim of the glass — to complete the refreshing summer cocktail.


Salt & Lime’s The Original Margarita recipe



  • 2 ounces Dulce Vida Tequila silver
  • 1 1/2 ounce Cointreau
  • 1 1/2 ounce lime juice


How it’s made

Fill the cocktail shaker half full of ice. Add the tequila, then add equal amounts of Cointreau and lime juice.

Shake it up. Make sure all ingredients are mixed evenly.

Strain it and pour the concoction over a salt-rimmed glass, filled with ice.

Add a lime wedge for garnish.

To reach Audrey Dwyer, call 970-871-4229, email or follow her on Twitter @Audrey_Dwyer1.

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