Drinks, like food, can be wonderful with the simplest ingredients, which is why I prefer to make margaritas at home instead of ordering them out. I am not a fan of mixes or any unnecessary additives. The reason: you only need three items (not counting ice or salt, which are optional - seen below on the right) to make the perfect margarita. Those ingredients are (as in the photograph on the left below): Tequila (a blanco), lime, and cointreau.
Not only are the ingredients simple, but you can make one in a matter of minutes.
First, if you prefer salt, you need to wet the rim of your glass with water and then dip the rim in salt (I sprinkle sea salt on a plate and this works well). If you prefer on the rocks, then fill up the glass with ice.
Next, mix up your ingredients: 2 ounces of tequila (adjust to 1.5 ounces if you prefer and it will still work), 1 ounce of lime juice, and 0.5 ounces of Cointreau (per drink). I prefer to mix them up a bit in a shaker (with ice) and then pour into your prepared glass.
Serve cold. It is that easy.