Agave Margarita

Southern Kitchen

Serves: 1

Hands On Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes


2 lime wedges, plus the juice of 1 lime

Kosher salt

Ice cubes, for shaking and serving

2 ounces silver tequila

1 ounce triple sec

1/4 ounce light agave nectar, or to taste


Run one of the lime wedges around the rim of a rocks glass.

Place about 1 tablespoon of kosher salt into a plate. Dip the rim of the glass in the salt. Fill the glass with ice cubes.

In a cocktail shaker filled halfway with ice cubes, combine the tequila, triple sec, lime juice and agave. Shake until well-chilled, 15 to 20 seconds. Strain the cocktail mixture into the prepared glass. Garnish with the second lime wedge and serve immediately.

About the recipe

Here’s our take on a classic margarita, no sour mix needed. The bright tartness from the lime plus the sweetness of the agave nectar blend to make a perfectly-balanced cocktail. The best thing about this margarita -- aside from its simplicity -- is that you can riff off of this basic formula. If you want to make a strawberry margarita, puree up some fresh strawberries and try various measurements to get your desired sweetness. Swap in some mezcal for a smokier taste. The possibilites are endless! 

This recipe was submitted by Ashley Twist Cole, Editor-in-Chief, and is borrowed from a family friend, Tommy West.