Frontera Grill Margarita Recipe

We developed a lot of early spring traditions after many years in Chicago, one of which was to drink a pitcher of margaritas to chase away the winter blues. We would get to a point in the winter where we were so tired of it being dark and cold that a little fiesta would really lift our spirits.

We like Rick Bayless’ Topolo Margarita recipe served with a bowl of hot salsa and chips. Since moving to San Francisco, we haven’t worried much about winter, but we did revive this tradition a few weeks ago during our week of straight rain.

We used colorful bowls to brighten up our table and recommend bringing this cocktail right into the new season with these handmade margarita glasses and picking up a copy of Rick Bayless’ Frontera Margaritas and Guacamoles book.

Rick Bayless Margarita Master Class

Topolo Margarita 🔗

This is the famous margarita recipe made in a shaker and served tableside in Rick Bayless’s restaurants.


  • 3/4 c. fresh lime juice (about 3 large limes)
  • 6 tbsp. sugar
  • 1 c. water
  • 1 c. blanco tequila
  • 2 tbsp. blanco tequila, combined with above tequila
  • 1/4 c. Gran Torres orange liqueur
  • Lime wedges, for garnish
  • Coarse salt, for garnish
  • 1 1/2 c. small (or coarsely broken) ice cubes


  1. Make limeade: Combine the lime juice, sugar, and water in a glass or plastic pitcher. Cover and refrigerate if not using right away (but no longer than 24 hours).
  2. Finish and serve margaritas: Add the tequila and orange liqueur to the pitcher of limeade. Rub the rims of 6 martini glasses with a lime wedge, then dip them in a dish of coarse salt. In a large shaker, combine half of the margarita mixture with half of the ice and shake 10 to 15 seconds, then strain into the prepared glasses. Repeat with the rest of the mixture.


How does on the border make their margaritas?

Salt the rim of a 12-ounce glass and fill it with cubed ice. In a shaker, combine 1 12 oz. Tequila, 1/2 oz. Triple Sec, and 4 oz. Sweet & Sour. Stir the ingredients together (or cap the shaker and shake the ingredients), then pour over the ice. Garnish with a wedge of fresh lime.

How does Jennifer Aniston make her margaritas?

Some people like a little Cointreau, some don’t. It’s a cleaner margarita. No sugar, no mixes, no agave. Basically, it’s silver tequila with lime juice shaken and over rocks,” Aniston explains.

What is the best tasting premixed margarita?

In a shaker with ice, combine the margarita mix and tequila; shake well.Pour into the prepared glass; garnish with lime.DirectionsRim your glass with lime and dip it gently into the salt or Margarita Rimmer.

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