Gather all your ingredients. On a flat plate combine coarse salt, sugar, and lime zest. Mix together.
Moisten the rim of serving glass with lime wedge.
Invert glass on lime zest-salt mixture. Twist glass to ensure it is thoroughly coated.
Turn glass right side-up. Pour in 1 1/2 oz tequila, followed by 1 oz freshly squeezed lime juice. Add 1/2 oz orange liqueur.
Sweeten with 1 1/2 Tbsp simple syrup. Stir to combine.
Add ice. Garnish with lime wedge. If desired, sprinkle a little lime zest on top of drink.
To make simple syrup: combine 1 cup water and 1 cup granulated sugar in a small sauce pot. Set over medium heat and cook until sugar has dissolved. Remove from heat and cool to room temperature.
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