“Real Deal Margaritas”


I always liked the name “real deal.” Maybe it’s because I’m a Texan by birth. It’s a term that means something.

The first recipe that jumped out at me in Dotty Griffith’s book, The Contemporary Cowboy Cookbook, was this margarita recipe.

I’ve met Dotty, and I think she’s the real deal, too.

Not everyone agrees with her opinion, but she calls them as she sees them.

Here’s her recipe for honest-to-goodness margaritas… tequila-shy need not apply.

If you are so inclined, substitute mezcal for a smoke version. And use chile powder instead of salt to rim the glass.



“Real Deal Margaritas”

This margarita recipe comes from Dotty Griffith’s “The Contemporary Cowboy Cookbook.” Dotty was a journalist for nearly 30 years for The Dallas Morning News, most of that time spent as the food editor and later, restaurant critic.

  • Author: Dotty Griffith
  • Yield: 10 cocktails 1x



5 cups fresh lime juice or lime juice from frozen concentrate (not margarita mix or limeade), chilled
1 1/3 cups sugar
5 cups tequila, chilled
1/3 cup Triple Sec (orange liqueur)
Ice cubes
Coarse bar salt
Thin slices of lime


In a large pitcher, combine lime juice and sugar, stirring to dissolve sugar.

Add tequila, Triple Sec, and ice cubes. Stir until well-chilled.

If desired, place salt around the rim of the glass. Moisten edges of small cocktail tumblers, Margarita or martini glasses. Dip rims in salt to coat.

Strain Margarita cocktail into salt-rimmed glass over ice or straight up.

Serve immediately. Garish, if desired, with thin slice of lime.


Substitute mezcal for a smoky version.

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