Margaritas are often made with an orange liqueur like Cointreau, which can make them very sweet. In this version, though, freshly squeezed lime juice—never bottled—has plenty of citrus flavor, and agave syrup sweetens and complements the agave flavors in the tequila. A salted rim is not necessary, but many people like it because it takes the burn out of the alcohol.
For a salted rim (optional), run the slit of the lime wheel around the rim of a chilled rocks glass (or a chilled martini glass if you prefer no ice) to moisten, then dip the rim into a small dish of kosher salt.
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add the tequila, lime juice, agave nectar, and 3/4 fl. oz (1-1/2 Tbs.) water. Put the lid on the shaker and make sure it has a good seal.
Shake vigorously until the outside of the shaker is frosty, 10 to 15 seconds. Strain into the prepared glass over fresh ice (if desired). Garnish with the lime wheel and serve.
nutrition information (per serving):
0, Fat Calories
0, Saturated Fat
0, Monounsaturated Fat
28, Polyunsaturated Fat
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