MargaritaI Recipe Needed
Yes, stay away from mixes. Margaritas aren't green.
I would agree with everyone else the ratio is generally 2:1:1 - tequila, triple sec, lime juice. I like to use a little less lime in mine and prefer a blanco or cheaper reposado for a margarita. Cointreau is the origin orange liqueur used but Patron has come out with an orange liqueur which I think does a fine job (and costs half the price). And for the budget minded, Aeroplano reposado tequila does fine as well for a margarita (not sure on the availibilty, I'm in the midwest).
Robert Hess does a good demostration of a proper margarita over at Small Screen Network: http://www.smallscreennetwork.com/vid...
Proportions, which type of tequila (blanco/silver or reposado), which type of orange liqueur and even the juice are all matters of preference. I happen to like Cointreau and half lemon, half lime for the juice. And I'd say a silver/blanco tequila (they are the same thing, make sure 100% agave). But. We went through this recently. Depending upon how large a party, using Cointreau could be cost-prohibitive. I usually make 'em just a couple at a time, so not such a big deal.
I don't even know what my ratio was the last time I made them, probably roughly 2:1:1.