I tried Jennifer Aniston’s ‘clean’ margarita recipe and now I’m saying goodbye to sugary mixes forever

The recipe only has three to four ingredients.

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The recipe only has three to four ingredients.
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Arielle Tschinkel

  • Back in 2015, Jennifer Aniston revealed that then-husband Justin Theroux had the perfect hack to a healthier margarita – ditching the sugary syrups, mixes, and sweeteners altogether.
  • Aniston is known for leading a healthy lifestyle, so even though she and Theroux have since split, she still makes his version of a margarita.
  • I tried it out and will never buy pre-made mixes or syrups again.

Jennifer Aniston is open about the fact that she leads a very healthy lifestyle – she adheres to a pretty strict diet and workout routine, constantly switching up her workouts and eating a surprisingly simple diet, with the occasional splurge on pasta and Mexican food.

But Aniston loves to enjoy a good drink, and she revealed that her favorite cocktail was actually mixed up by her ex-husband, Justin Theroux, first sharing his healthier margarita recipe in a 2015 interview with Yahoo.

Even though they’ve since split, it seems Aniston still loves to whip up his go-to margarita, telling InStyle in 2018 that she still makes it.

I tried it out at home and it’s the only way I’ll make margaritas ever again.

In 2015, Yahoo asked Aniston about her favorite tequila, and she shared Theroux’s recipe. She said, “I love Patrón. I also love Don Julio 1942 as a nice sipping tequila. It’s so yummy, it has a little sweetness to it, which I usually don’t like.”

Limes, Patron, and Cointreau.

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Limes, Patron, and Cointreau.
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She added, “Justin actually makes the perfect margarita with it because there’s no agave, no sugar, no mix. It’s pure tequila, lime juice, a squinch of Cointreau. It’s delicious.”

Then, in a 2018 interview with InStyle, she told her friend Molly McNearney that she was still making his lightened up margarita, saying, “Oh, lord, it’s barely a recipe. It’s basically silver tequila with lime juice shaken and over rocks. And some people like a little Cointreau, some don’t. It’s a cleaner margarita. No sugar, no mixes, no agave. I don’t like sweet drinks.”

I opted for Aniston’s pick of Patrón Silver and a splash of Cointreau, a French orange liqueur.

Both of these spirits are pricey (Patrón retails from about $23 to $46 and Cointreau is about $35 for a 750 ML bottle depending on where you live), but they simply don’t compare to cheaper options at the liquor store, surpassing them in taste by far.

I added one shot of tequila, a splash of Cointreau, ice cubes, and the juice of half a lime to my shaker, garnishing the drink with a slice of lime.

You put the ice in the shaker.

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You put the ice in the shaker.
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Arielle Tschinkel

It was easy to make and very tasty … but dangerously strong.

Like Aniston, I also don’t like sugary cocktails – I’m not a fan of pre-made mixes or syrups in my drinks, and I typically opt for a clear liquor and sparkling water with fresh lemon or lime juice, so her margarita recipe certainly appealed to me.

Shake it all up.

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Shake it all up.
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Arielle Tschinkel

My new house has a full wet bar, and I was excited to craft a fancy cocktail inspired by the “Friends” star in the comfort of my kitchen, without paying premium prices for a drink out at a bar or restaurant.

It was incredibly easy to make and super tasty, but very strong. In fact, my husband thought that if he’d tried more than one, he would end up with a serious hangover the next day.

Serve it with a lime.

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Serve it with a lime.
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Arielle Tschinkel

It also seems easily adaptable depending on your preferences for tequila, fresh juices, or other add-ins, making it a fresh, healthier alternative to the traditional margarita. It’s the perfect drink for a special occasion, and I’ll never make margaritas any other way again.