The Only Margarita Recipe You’ll Ever Need.

By: Jen Shoop

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It’s a bold headline, but I’m willing to risk my reputation on this: below, the only margarita recipe you’ll ever need. I think this at-home marg is better than about 90% of the margs you’ll find out on the town, and at least in the same register as the elite, top 10% percentile. I’ve had friends write to me out of the blue saying “just thinking about one of your margs,” and once, we had friends over for a taco dinner, and one of them asked me to demonstrate how to make it twice in a row, mainly because he wanted seconds, and then thirds.

Magpie Margarita

2 oz blanco tequila (I like G4, but Espolon is another favorite, and less expensive — has a vegetal pepperiness I like)

3/4 oz Cointreau

1 oz fresh-squeezed lime juice (non-negotiable, must be fresh squeezed; for best results, strain the lime juice through a fine mesh sieve to remove all pulp)

1/4 oz agave (I go a hair over the 1/4 oz line when measuring because it’s difficult to get every last drip of agave out of the jigger)

1/8 cup salt mixed with a pinch of sugar

Pour the salt-sugar mixture onto a small, flat plate. While squeezing the limes, reserve one juiced lime and rub it around the rim of your rocks glasses. Then invert the glass onto the salt-sugar plate to rim it. Fill with ice and place glasses in the freezer.

Pour tequila, cointreau, lime juice, and agave into a cocktail shaker and fill with ice. Shake vigorously for 13-15 seconds. The shaker should be frosty on the outside, and your hands should be very cold. Strain into frosted, salt-rimmed glasses.


*Note: A standard set of cocktail tins can easily make these in batches of two at a time. Just double all ingredients. I shared all my favorite cocktail gear here, but we like the weighted cocktail tins from Koriko (large, small); the angled jigger from OXO; and the OXO strainer.

**Above, I’m serving our margaritas in Half Past Seven’s starry night rocks glasses. They just released in a bunch of fun colors. These are the perfect marg class IMO — I love the heft and the thick lip!


+More great cocktail recipes here, here, here, here.

+Kitchen gadgets and gizmos we love.

+The stove works for you, and other lessons learned from cooking and entertaining.

Shopping Break.

+Have been wearing these woven dad sandals a lot this week. So fun and surprisingly comfortable. Upgrade picks: these LRs, these Pradas, these Sandros. If you’re over dad sandals and are intrigued by the fisherman sandal trend, DV has you covered there, too. (Upgrade pick: Prada.). Final note on DV: love their platform sandals, which remind me of the Chloe Namas (<<somehow 30% off when added to bag, as are their popular sneakers!)

+OK, I ordered both the VB shorts and the Agolde ones I was talking about here and loved them both! I sized up one size in both for a looser fit and would advise doing the same. I am definitely keeping the Agolde ones (tags are already off and I wore them out and about this week), but also love the VBs…just don’t know that I need two pairs of white/off-white jean shorts and think the Agoldes are more versatile. The fit is SO GOOD. I swear I tried these on a few years ago and hated the way they looked on me. I love them now! Strongly rec you add to your summer wardrobe.

+I wore my Agolde shorts this week with my denim Ferazia VB blazer (available on TRR here, or in a chic black lace on sale here; similar denim collarless blazer option here) and my Margo tee. I meant to update you on the COS tee everyone has raved about — it runs SO short. And I am short! Would not advise for anyone taller than me — I find I’m just tucking and re-tucking all day long, and it’s already been demoted in my t-shirt drawer. I prefer my Margo day in and day out!

+Speaking of the Margo, Leset released this tee in a maxi tee dress format!

+The Agolde shorts would be so cute styled with this just-launched textured lady jacket from J. Crew. (I’m kind of dying over the idea of pairing it with the matching skirt?! Also love in red?! AHHH.)

+Which brings me to: J. Crew’s new arrivals are incroyable. LOVE the aforementioned textured lady jacket, this gorgeous linen midi, these pants in the stripe, this puff-sleeved top, and this cap-sleeve top, which feels like such a clever twist on the basic white tank we’re all reaching for when styling statement pants / skirt!

+Speaking of basic white tanks: this one is a good one. It’s a good thickness with a nice, tight weave.

+I have a couple of items sitting in my cart at Vuori: this bra (love the neckline), another one of these Halo crews (I love this as a top layer over a tank top — perfect weight and shape), and maybe these bike shorts? Bike shorts look so cute on other women but I’ve never found a pair I really love. I’m guessing Lululemon would be a safe bet here — I noticed they have different lengths and great colors in their amazing Align material! Do you have any bike shorts you love?

+I did end up ordering a few of the Negative pieces in the fun maritime stripe. For context: I solicited Magpie input on the best undergarments, and the results are here. I included two of my favorites: Negative’s whipped boy shorts — spendy for underwear but I promise they’ll be the ones you reach for first after laundry day — and these inexpensive racerback bralettes, which work with so many necklines / armhole situations and are ultra-comfortable. Then Laura Reilly wrote about building a “no skips underwear drawer” and I decided I should just order myself more of the Negative underwear I love! I also ordered the scoopneck top and bra, all in the maritime stripe.

+The colors in this Zimmermann are beyond. Imagine with loose hair and a strappy flat sandal.

+Earlier this week, I raved about the Crown Affair mask and now I want to try more of their products, including this dry shampoo that several people I trust have been talking about enthusiastically. However (!!!), I just discovered Vegamour’s Dry Shampoo on the rec of Emese Gormley and I was totally blown away. It really, really, really works. I have been using everyone’s favorite Living Proof dry shampoo (I discovered this via the flood of recommendations that came from you Magpies!), but I have started to really hate its smell. I’m not normally sensitive to scent but I cannot STAND that one?! I even started looking into hair fragrance to mask it (this was sitting in my cart until I realized I was being kind of insane about the smell of the dry shampoo). Anyway, Vegamour’s works incredibly well — dare I say better than LP? — and the smell is more tolerable. It’s currently on sale for 25% off. Strongly rec!

+Metier’s tote bags are beyond gorgeous, and so unexpected. I’ve never seen one “out in the wild”!

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7 thoughts on “The Only Margarita Recipe You’ll Ever Need.

  1. So much to add here! First: don’t sleep on Dolce Vita for affordable, comfortable, and still trend-adjacent styles! I wore a pair of platforms from them for our wedding earlier this month (!) and they lasted all night with NO pain! The best part is that they were literally $75 from a small boutique in Alabama! The best EVER. I was so amused that my shoes were nearly $1K less than my husband’s wedding shoes

    Also — bike shorts! I love these (my main form of exercise is cycling) and my all-time favorites are from Beyond Yoga in their classic spacedye fabric. I love the softness of the fabric and while they are not proper compression shorts by any means, I like the feel of them more than my Aligns (though I also have found it tough to nail my size in the Aligns — I think I need to size down for the best fit.) I also have 3 pairs from Outdoor Voices in a spacedye fabric they probably don’t make anymore (I think I got mine in 2017 or so.)

    Finally! LOVE Crown Affair’s dry shampoo, which I originally picked for the format (I avoid aerosols because I travel so much and find that the powder format is much more easy for air travel.) I have the OG option which doesn’t have a cover for the powder — it’s a bit annoying because SO much product gets into the brush, and I feel like I’m wasting it — but I believe they have addressed this with recent batches of stock! Def worth a try if you want to test after Vegamour 🙂


    1. Oo thanks for all of these upvotes and detailed reviews! Definitely want to try Crown Affair next 🙂


  2. Totally agree – most margaritas out are just not worth it, and they’re pricey! The best I’ve had out in DC and am willing to pay for are at Amparo Fondita and Republic Cantina. Otherwise we make them at home!

    1. Agree, especially since they aren’t particularly complex to make and don’t require special infusions / difficult-to-procure ingredients!


  3. I love a margarita on a warm evening! Do any Magpies have recs for a good nonalcoholic tequila (or whiskey)?

    1. I haven’t ever used them at home, but I’ve had excellent mocktails at bars that used the brand Lyre’s. I think they make a tequila-ish NA spirit.

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