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bonnie's: the ultimate blue ribbon margarita

(49 ratings)
Blue Ribbon Recipe by
BonniE !
Cottonwood, CA

This is the best margarita you will ever drink! It took a while to fine-tune this recipe, but when you taste it, you will see why I call it The Ultimate Margarita. I am so happy to share this recipe with my friends. Enjoy! The ingredients listed all work together to create the ultimate margarita. Don't make any substitutions and you will not be disappointed.

Blue Ribbon Recipe

This is a classic, smooth margarita. But watch out ... this is the kind of drink that will sneak up on you before you know it. It's sweet with just the right balance of tartness. There's no harsh alcohol flavor. Great for your next fiesta!

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
(49 ratings)
yield 4 serving(s)
prep time 10 Min
method Blend

Ingredients For bonnie's: the ultimate blue ribbon margarita

  • 1 oz
    Bols brand triple sec
  • 1/3 c
  • 2/3 c
    Jose Cuervo tequila
  • 2 c
    Mr. and Mrs. T's sweet and sour mix
  • 3-4 c
  • 1 md
    lime, sliced
  • margarita salt for rims of glasses (not table salt)

How To Make bonnie's: the ultimate blue ribbon margarita

  • 1
    PREP WORK: Give your margarita glasses a quick rinse and set them in the freezer for an hour or so, and they will have a beautiful rim of frost on them when you take them out. (If you are making margaritas for 30 or 40 people, you can use small martini glasses, set them on a tray and put the tray in the freezer.)
  • Cut limes and pour margarita salt into a bowl.
    Slice the lime into wedges and cut the center of each with a sharp knife so it rests on the rim of the glass. Have your margarita salt poured into a saucer ready to use.
  • Add liquors, sweet and sour sauce, and ice to a blender.
    MAKE THE MARGARITAS: Add 1 oz triple cec, 1/3 c Cointreau, 2/3 c tequila, and 2 c sweet and sour mix. Add about 3-4 cups of ice.
  • Blend ingredients.
    Blend until slushie.
  • Run lime around the edge of a frozen glass.
    Take your frosty glasses and a piece of sliced lime. Run the lime around the rim.
  • Dip the glass in the bowl of salt.
    Immediately roll the rim in the margarita salt.
  • Pour the margarita into the prepared glass.
    Pour the frozen margarita mixture into the glasses. Add a slice of lime to the rim. This makes 3 old-fashioned bowl-shaped margarita glasses or three of today's tapered glasses. Just before drinking, squeeze your lime into your drink, drop it into your margarita, stir, and enjoy.
  • 8
    Trivia: Did you know that the old-fashioned bowl-shaped margarita glasses are hard to find anymore. If you run across any at flea markets, they are good to collect. I have about 30 and they are beautiful.