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: This margarita has a really good balance of flavors. Definitely use a good brand of tequila, that makes all the difference!
Apr 12, 2014
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!
Dec 23, 2013
Guest Foodie 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)
Oct 29, 2013
Guest Foodie 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.
Oct 18, 2013
Been rainy and cold here this week so we had a little "tropical" party one night and made margaritas with this recipe.
Jul 15, 2013
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.
Jul 3, 2013
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!
May 5, 2013
This is the PERFECT copy of the Perfect Margarita! I have a new favorite go to drink!
Oct 20, 2012
LFairbanks COMMENT: Can anybody tell me how to make sweet & sour mix from scratch?
Jan 6, 2012
Guest Foodie 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...
Jul 18, 2011
bexhack Member since: 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!
Feb 9, 2010
sarah COMMENT: how do you make it a strawberry margarita?
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