This isn't just the restaurant's popular drink, it's also a "perfect" margarita recipe. It has just the right proportions of tequila, Cointreau, Grand Marnier, sour mix and lime juice. Hint: use a homemade sour mix instead of the bottled kind.
Valerie's Review REVIEW: May 3, 2013 This margarita has a really good balance of flavors. Definitely use a good brand of tequila, that makes all the difference!
PerfectBloggerita January 26, 2015 REVIEW:
Cant seem to get it to taste like applebee's.
Did anyone figure it out yet?
guess who December 15, 2014 REVIEW:
Actually, for those if you posting that this recipe is incorrect, our incomplete, you are mistaken. I am currently an Applebee's bartender, and this is our EXACT recipe.
kuroigirl68 April 12, 2014 REVIEW:
I think it's very close, but I made my own sweet and sour mix from scratch and it's a little too sweet, my fault! Added a little more regular lime juice (I did use Rose's in the drink but didn't want to sweeten it more) and a splash of olive juice to tone down the sweet. I think next time I'll check my sweet and sour mix and it will be perfect!
Guest Foodie December 23, 2013 REVIEW:
Yep! This is the one from Applebee's. It really is the perfect margarita!
Thanks, I've been trying different concoctions for some time now, and couldn't quite get it. (Had fun trying though)
Guest Foodie October 29, 2013 COMMENT: I was a bartender at Applebee's and I agree that it's the sour mix that will throw this off. Make your own and you'll do better as the bottled stuff just doesn't cut it. Otherwise this recipe is quite close.
Lively1 October 18, 2013 REVIEW:
Been rainy and cold here this week so we had a little "tropical" party one night and made margaritas with this recipe.
boozer July 15, 2013 REVIEW:
My favorite margarita - both at Applebee's and now at home! I buy the bottle of simple syrup at the grocery store so I don't have to make it myself each time but if you can't buy it it's super simple to make just mix equal parts water and sugar in a saucepan and let simmer until it gets a little syrupy. Don't let it crystalize.
jacquie July 3, 2013 REVIEW:
I've made this several times but will be making it in a big batch for the 4th of july fireworks tomorrow. It's perfect and everyone thinks I make the best margaritas!
MrsJ May 5, 2013 REVIEW:
This is the PERFECT copy of the Perfect Margarita! I have a new favorite go to drink!
LFairbanks October 20, 2012 COMMENT: Can anybody tell me how to make sweet & sour mix from scratch?
Guest Foodie January 6, 2012 REVIEW:
Make sure you use fresh squeezed lime juice. The stuff you buy is NOT the same. Was a bartender at applebee's in college...
Member since: Jul 18, 2011
bexhack July 18, 2011 REVIEW:
I just made this and am drinking it now. It is so good and I think it tastes just like the one from Applebee's. I made sweet and sour mix and simple syrup from scratch, mixed it with Cointreau, Grand Marnier and 1800 Resposido Agave Tequila. I didn't have any extra limes from the sweet and sour mix so I used Rose's brand sweetened lime juice. I measured the amounts perfectly, added 3 olives and a tsp of olive juice. PERFECT!
sarah February 9, 2010 COMMENT: how do you make it a strawberry margarita?
Jack February 2, 2010 COMMENT: Can anyone tell me what "Simple Syrup" is?
CDKitchen Staff Reply: Simple Syrup is one part sugar and one part water, boiled until "syrupy". I believe you can also buy pre-made simple syrup (some grocery stores and/or liquor stores may carry it)
Guest Foodie October 14, 2009 REVIEW:
only thing missing is .5 oz simple syrup
Guest Foodie June 28, 2008 REVIEW:
This was absolutely PERFECT!!!!! Tastes just like Apple Bee's!
Apple Girl October 30, 2007 REVIEW:
The liquor in this recipe is right, but the reason it doesn't taste the same as when made at the store is because Applebee's uses a signature sweet 'n sour mix that you can't get anywhere else. Unless you work at an Applebee's and your management allows you to buy a case of it. Really nothing compares to their sweet n sour, so no matter how hard you try with this maragarita it without it, it will never taste as good!
Me October 13, 2007 REVIEW:
I worked at Applebee's for 5 years as a bartender. This recipe is close. To the reviewers that did not like this recipe I suspect you are using a bottled sweet and sour mix. Bottled sweet and sour is very strong and otherwise not good. Try making your own.
Guest Foodie July 19, 2007 REVIEW:
This recipe is nowhere near Applebee's Perfect Margarita. Not sweet, like Applebee's, and the alcohol:mixer ratio is ridiculous.
ragtag July 1, 2006 REVIEW:
this recipe works best frozen..... delicious!
Southern Belle February 4, 2006 REVIEW:
I have tried Prefect Margaritas at every place in town and none can touch Applebee's. They sre absolutely delish!!!!
Member since: Oct 30, 2005
rporter October 30, 2005 REVIEW:
This may tast close but I make them at home EXACTLY the way applebees makes them.there is a lot of things missing from this. I may add my recipe soon.
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