2ouncesorange liqueurCointreau, Triple Sec, or Grand Marnier
1.5ouncesfresh lime juiceabout 1.5 limes
Coarse sea salt
Cut a lime wheel from the center of the lime and reserve for garnish. Squeeze the juice from the two ends. You may need an additional lime half, depending on the size of your limes.
Add a layer of sea salt to a small plate.
Use the squeezed end of a lime to rub the entire rim of the glass. The squeezed end should still have enough moisture left in it to do this.
Gently dip the rim of the glass into the salt to coat.
Fill your cocktail shaker with ice cubes.
Add tequila and orange liqueur (and simple syrup if using) and shake vigorously for about 20 seconds.
Strain tequila mixture over ice and garnish with lime wheel.
Lime juice that comes in a bottle will likely have sulfites. Sulfites are used as a preservative, but can cause headaches for some people. There are those that have an allergy to sulfites too, so be sure to check with your guests, or use real limes.
Also, please note that the simply syrup is OPTIONAL and therefore is not included in the calorie count and nutritional info. I do use it in my own margaritas!
If you prefer, you can substitute 2 ounces of sweet and sour mix for the lime juice and simple syrup.