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MargaritaWhat to buy: All self-respecting margaritas are made with only 100 percent agave tequila (we like to use the high-quality Cuervo 1800, Patrón Silver, Herradura, or Don Julio) and Cointreau.

INGREDIENTS

    Salt, for rimming the glass (optional)
    Ice
    1 1/2 ounces tequila (blanco, 100 percent agave)
    1 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
    1/2 ounce Cointreau (not Triple Sec)

INSTRUCTIONS

    If using salt, place in a shallow dish. Moisten the rim of a rocks glass with a dampened paper towel, then dip in salt.
    Fill the glass with ice; add tequila, lime juice, and Cointreau; and stir a few times until chilled. Serve it with either Cumin Salt or Cayenne Salt and your next party will be a big hit.

Thanks to Lessley Anderson of Chow.com for this recipe.