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This Is Paul McCartney’s Margarita Recipe

Turns Out, Sir Paul Really Loves Tequila

By Hadley Tomicki ·

February 22 is National Margarita Day.

Which, ordinarily, is difficult to care about.

Because you're an adult, and no one day defines when you do or do not drink Margaritas.

That said, it's infinitely easier to care about such things when you're sitting on a recipe from Sir Paul McCartney.

Yes, the same man who gave us “The Fool on the Hill” and “I Want You” has a very particular Margarita recipe.

And now we have it. 

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Is Paul's teacup holding an ice-cold Margarita? Probably not, but who's to say?

See, I recently fell in with a cadre of private pilots, hardworking aviators who maintain clear eyes and sensible altitudes while jetting people like the Rock, Justin Bieber and Black Sabbath around the world. 

Over a few off-duty beers on a recent night in LA, talk turned to privileged information about Paul McCartney’s favorite drink, a little gem of insider knowledge bouncing around the private airline industry. Intrigued about what a living Beatle might drink and always game for talking tequila, I pushed one of my pilot allies for details and the recipe. 

“I’ve flown McCartney a few times into Van Nuys Airport, which is a common stop,” he told us. “He always has this same Margarita in his rider as a standard request.” He passed the recipe on to me via text that night, just as it had been relayed to him from the flight attendant who’s been flying with Sir Paul for more than a decade. 

It’s a relatively standard recipe, though it does employ two kinds of citrus. It also contains a mighty three shots of tequila. Combine that with the duo of orange liqueurs, and Paul’s got himself a hefty in-flight cocktail. So that’s something. But the key takeaway here: It’s a Margarita from the man who gave us “Let It Be.” 

So let’s not look gift Margaritas in the mouth.

Paul McCartney’s Margarita


  • 3 shots white tequila
  • 1 shot Cointreau
  • 1 shot triple sec
  • Juice from one lime
  • Juice from one orange


1. Add all ingredients into a shaker with two or three small ice cubes.
2. Shake until the ice cubes melt and the drink turns frothy.
3. Pour into a glass with a salted rim.

Hadley Tomicki

Hadley Tomicki lives in Los Angeles. He is probably going nowhere on the 10 Freeway this very second.

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