Sonora Margarita

The best margaritas use tequila made with 100% blue agave; all of your headaches, hangovers, and tequila horror stories come from cocktails made with inferior spirits.  Fresh-squeezed juices also make a big difference, even though fresh-squeezed lime juice can have a pretty good bite.

The secret to Sonora Grill’s signature margarita (and perhaps one reason why it was named a Top 10 Margarita by CityPages in 2014) is their house-made sour mix.  While a normal sour would be equal parts lime and lemon juices, they replace the lime with orange juice.  Oranges are naturally sweeter, and actually work to take the edges off of the tequila.  The resulting is an cocktail of a different color, but a smoother flavor.


  • 1 ½ oz silver Tequila
  • 2 oz house-made sweet/sour mix *
  • 1 oz Cointreau
  • Top with carbonated soda

*To make sweet/sour mix combine equal parts orange and lemon juices


Begin by rimming a lowball glass with lime juice and kosher salt, and filling with ice.  Then, combine all ingredients, except carbonated soda, over ice; shake and strain into the rimmed lowball glass.  Garnish with a lime wheel.


Sonora Grill brings a Spanish & South American infusion of fresh flavors and news dishes to Minneapolis. After years in the Midtown Global Market, Sonora Grill has permanently moved to the Longfellow neighborhood.

3300 E Lake St.
Minneapolis, MN 55406
(612) 722-2500