Joe’s Secret Margarita

This is my Margarita mix - purists will use real lemons and limes although I find Nellie and Joe’s to be a more than adequate substitute.


  • ¾ cup Nellie & Joe’s fresh lime juice
  • ¼ cup Nellie & Joe’s fresh lemon juice
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 8 lime wedges
  • ½ cup coarse salt
  • 1 cup ice
  • 1 cup premium 100 percent agave tequila - lately I’ve been enjoying Hornitos Plata
  • ¾ cup Grand Marnier - it’s way better than Triple Sec

In a medium saucepan, combine the lime juice, lemon juice, water, ¼ c sugar. Bring to a boil over medium heat, and cook, stirring, until the sugar dissolves. Remove from the heat. Cool to room temperature.(Can be made in advance and keep in a covered container in the refrigerator.)Chill the margarita glasses in the freezer for 30 minutes. Place the coarse salt and remaining sugar in a shall dish or saucer. Wet the rim of each with a lime wedge and dip the glass into the salt to coat.

In a cocktail shaker, 2 shots cooled syrup, 1 shot tequila and 1 shot orange-flavored liqueur per glass. Shake until frothy and well chilled, at least 1 minute. Strain into the prepared glasses and garnish each with a lime wedge.

A little too sweet? Add an extra splash of tequila.