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The Original Cointreau Margarita
The Original Margarita with Cointreau

Ah, the margarita. The cocktail is not only delish but also deceptively simple to make. So why not create your own glassful of sunshine with Cointreau, the distinctive French liqueur made from a unique blend of sweet and bitter orange peels. The margarita—which was invented in 1948 by Dallas socialite Margarita Sames for guests at her Acapulco vacation home—has just three ingredients. Use the recipe below and see how quick and easy it is to shake, strain and, finally, sip.

Makes one cocktail

2 ounces blanco tequila

1 ounce Cointreau

1 ounce fresh lime juice

Salt and lime wheel, for garnish

1. Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass and add ice.

2. Shake and strain into a margarita glass.

3. Garnish with salt and a lime wheel.

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