The margarita is up there with the martini: a classic. But just like a martini, it's a classic that can go horribly wrong if the right ingredients aren't used. A good margarita should be the perfect balance we sweet and sour and salt. Go easy on the cointreau and sweet & sour, and avoid blending if you can. Here is our favorite recipe:
2 1/2 ounces silver tequilla
1 ounce sweet & sour
1/2 ounce triple sec, Cointreau, or Grande Marnier
Squeeze of 2 lime wedges
Squeeze of 2 lemon wedges
Shake together and strain into a chilled, ice-packed salt-rimmed glass.