Padrino Ken’s Famous Margarita Recipe: Happy Cinco de Mayo!

May 5, 2015

Photo by Karen Walrond

This is the margarita recipe you’ve been looking for. The Padrino Ken has perfected it through the years…and he even published it in the very famous book Kirtsy Takes A Bow. Which I edited. (And it’s totally cute. And you can totally still buy it! Crazy.)  But here is The Famous Marg Recipe. For you. Today.

Happy Cinco de Mayo from Texas. And Washington DC.


Kalorama Ken’s Famous Marg Recipe

I’ve had so many people ask me for the marg recipe that I’ll just put it out there. It’s actually my mom Lisa’s recipe, but we are generous folk.

  • 1 can Minute Maid Limeade
  • 1 can Montezuma or Sauza silver tequila (don’t waste the good tequila)
  • 1/2 can good Triple Sec, or if the girl’s real purdy, use Grand Mariner
  • 1 can water
  • Juice of 1 lime

Mix all ingredients in a pitcher. Done.

Actually, this recipe is the concentrate for frozen margs in a blender with ice. If you drink them on the rocks…like any decent person should…you are supposed to add 1 or 2 more cans of water. You can garnish with lime wedges and salt if you want, but I prefer mine unfancy-like, served in a plastic SOLO cup. Do not, and I mean it, insult this sacred marg recipe by serving them in those cactus-shaped margarita glasses. My stepmom, Lisa, did this when she still had all that Wisconsin in ‘er, but now that she is a blended Texan, she knows better.


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  • Reply Ken May 5, 2015 at 1:03 pm

    Ah, this is a good one. Tasty indeed. Lisa has now added olive juice to make it more of a Mexican Martini. The site looks great Laura and Karen!

  • Reply Vikki May 5, 2015 at 4:51 pm

    I want one of these right now!

  • Reply Barchbo May 6, 2015 at 12:20 pm

    I like the addition of olive juice that Ken mentions – I like Mexican Martinis!

  • Reply hello haha narf May 8, 2015 at 10:51 am

    i make a similar margarita. minor changes like half of the triple sec you mentioned. and i use a decent tequila because the cheap stuff gives me hangovers like nobody’s business. but…BUT…the main difference is the addition of using that empty limeaid can to measure out one half can (trust me) of dark beer. (fine, a not dark beer will work, but something like dos equis dark makes it taste even better.) seriously, try the addition of a good dark beer to your limeaid margarita. yum!

    • Reply Padrino May 12, 2015 at 8:14 am

      HHN – I love the beer idea. I’m going to try it this week.

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