Top Shelf Margaritas on the Rocks


  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2 cups ice cubes
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 2 cups premium tequila
  • 1 cup Cointreau
  • 2 1/4 cups water
  • 1/2 cup lime juice
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 16 lime wedges
  • 1 egg white
  • coarse kosher salt


Top Shelf Margaritas on the Rocks Glass

Preparation instructions:

  1. Make a simple syrup by stirring together and bringing 2/3 cup sugar and 1/3 cup water to a boil until the sugar dissolves; set aside to cool.
  2. Make the sour mix by briskly stirring together the 2 1/4 cups water, lemon juice, 1/4 cup sugar, and egg white; set aside.
  3. Combine the ice cubes, tequila, Cointreau, lime juice, 1 ounce of the simple syrup, and 1/2 cup of the sour mix in a pitcher; stir vigorously to infuse the ice, 8 to 15 seconds.
  4. Run a lime wedge along the rim of an 8-ounce glass. Spread the kosher salt onto a plate and dip the glass rims in the salt to coat; add ice if desired. Strain the mixture from the cocktail shaker into the glass to serve.

Original recipe makes 16 servings