Mexico’s Margarita

What comes to your mind when you think of Mexico? This is the question I often like to ask my non-Mexican friends, and the answer almost always includes: vacations, good food, friendly people, fiestas and siestas, cervezas and tequilas.  But the number one answer?  Margaritas!

Margaritas are indeed one of the most iconic elements associated with Mexico. Legend has it that this delicious drink has its origins in Acapulco. Socialite Margarita Sames was experimenting in her hacienda’s bar for a drink that would refresh her guests on a hot summer eve. She ended up mixing limejuice with tequila and triple sec, served the concoction over ice in a salt-rimed glass and the rest is history.  This is of course the classic margarita, but there are a multitude of variations on the beverage today.

I decided to ask Carlos Ambrosi (Tequila Master & Restaurant Manager at Capella Ixtapa) about his favorite margarita recipe.  The answer “Beautiful Basil,” is a margarita he designed specifically for Capella Ixtapa.  And as luck would have it, I got him to share the recipe here!


  • 1.5 oz Tequila Tradicional Reposado
  • 1.5 oz Grapefruit Juice
  • 1 oz Cointreau
  • Agave nectar to taste
  • 5 basil leaves
  • Salt (for glass’ rim)
  • Grapefruit wedge (optional)
  • 2 Additional Basil leaves (optional)


  • Rim glass with salt and fill with ice.
  • Add tequila, juice, Cointreau, agave and basil to a shaker & shake vigorously.
  • Strain the contents over ice.
  • Garnish with Grapefruit and additional Basil (optional)


Do you have a favorite margarita? Share your recipe with me!


(En Español)

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