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Applebee's Perfect Margarita

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Rating: 4/5 4 stars
17 reviews

ready in: under 30 minutes
serves/makes:   1

recipe id: 9953
Applebee's Perfect Margarita Recipe
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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.

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1 1/4 ounce Cuervo 1800 tequila
3/4 ounce cointreau
3/4 ounce grand marnier
1 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
4 ounces sweet and sour mix
1/2 ounce simple syrup


lime wedge


Chill glass well. Salt the rim if desired.

Mix all ingredients and pour into chilled glass. Garnish with lime wedge and olive.

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294 calories, 0 grams fat, 27 grams carbohydrates, 0 grams protein per serving. This recipe is low in sodium. This recipe is low in fat.
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This margarita has a really good balance of flavors. Definitely use a good brand of tequila, that makes all the difference!

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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!

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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)

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Oct 29, 2013

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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.

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Been rainy and cold here this week so we had a little "tropical" party one night and made margaritas with this recipe.

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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.

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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!

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This is the PERFECT copy of the Perfect Margarita! I have a new favorite go to drink!

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Oct 20, 2012

Can anybody tell me how to make sweet & sour mix from scratch?

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Make sure you use fresh squeezed lime juice. The stuff you buy is NOT the same. Was a bartender at applebee's in college...

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Member since: July 18, 2011
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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!

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Feb 9, 2010

how do you make it a strawberry margarita?

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