Grand Marnier Margarita

By: Cassy Joy Garcia
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Swapping Grand Marnier for the traditional triple sec, this margarita puts a spicier spin on the classic margarita with a more complex depth of flavor. 

Two cocktail glasses with Grand Marnier margaritas on the rocks with salt on a gold and white circle plate with a bottle of Grand Marnier behind them surrounded by lime wedges and ice cubes on a rose pink surface.

Margarita Recipe with Grand Marnier 

Y'all. This margarita is special. We’ve taken out the more traditional triple sec and replaced it with Grand Marnier which adds a deep complexity of flavor to the margarita. The spices from the brandy warm your taste buds and the vanilla notes really work in true harmony with the tang of the lime juice. It’s a must-try! 

What is Grand Marnier?

If you aren’t familiar with Grand Marnier, it is a French liqueur that is made from Cognac brandy and distilled essence of bitter orange. So, it is essentially triple sec blended with cognac, which results in a warm, spiced liqueur.  

Grand Marnier Margarita Ingredients 

Grand Marnier margarita ingredients on a gray and white marble surface.

For two servings of this Grand Marnier margarita, you’ll need:

  • ½ cup of tequila
  • ⅓ cup of Grand Marnier
  • ¼ cup of lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon of agave

To scale up to make a pitcher (8 servings) of this Grand Marnier margarita, you'll need:

  • 2 cups of tequila
  • 1⅓ cups of Grand Marnier
  • 1 cup of lime juice
  • 4 tablespoons of agave

What is a good substitute for Grand Marnier in Margarita?

While Grand Marnier is what really makes this Grand Marnier margarita, you can certainly substitute another liqueur. If you don’t have Grand Marnier on hand, you can substitute with ¼ cup of triple sec. 

How to Make a Margarita with Grand Marnier

Grand Marnier being poured out of a copper measuring cup into a mason jar.
Metal spiral spoon stirrer mixing ingredients in a mason jar.
Lime juice being poured out of a copper measuring cup into a mason jar.
Hand pouring Grand Marnier margarita into a cocktail glass with ice lined with flaky sea salt on a tray with another margarita and a bottle of Grand Marnier with a red and white thin striped towel in the background,

The process of mixing up this delightful beverage is so easy. Here’s what you’ll do:

  1. Combine ingredients – add all of the ingredients to a mason jar or shaker and stir or shake to combine.
  2. Chill – chill the mixture in the fridge (if you’re making it ahead of time) for 2 hours.
  3. Serve and enjoy – garnish your glass with a slice of lime and a salted rim, serve over ice, and enjoy!

How to Serve the Best Margarita with Grand Marnier

This margarita is delicious alongside classic chips, guacamole, and barbacoa tacos. I know this sounds a little less obvious, but because of the rich spices and warm notes of flavor Grand Marnier brings to the mix, it is also super tasty with a slice of strawberry yogurt pie or chocolate strawberry truffles

Grand Marnier margarita on the rocks in a cocktail glass with flake sea salt rim garnished with 2 slices of lime on a rose pink surface with a plate of margs and Grand Marnier bottle in the background.

How do you store the best margarita with Grand Marnier?

To store your Grand Marnier margarita, pour it into a covered container and place it in the fridge for up to 5 days. 

How long will Grand Marnier margaritas last?

Grand Marnier margaritas will have the brightest flavor from the fresh lime juice the day they are prepared but are good for up to 5 days in the fridge. 

Top down view of Grand Marnier margaritas garnished with 2 slices of limes, a Grand Marnier Bottle, and a saucer with sea salt with a copper spoon on a pink blush surface with squeezed lime wedges, sea salt flakes, and ice cubes on the table.

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Margarita with Grand Marnier

Swapping Grand Marnier for the traditional triple sec, this margarita puts a spicier spin on the classic margarita with a more complex depth of flavor.

  • Author: Cassy Joy Garcia
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x
  • Category: Cocktail Recipe
  • Cuisine: Mexican

Ingredients

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  • ½ cup tequila
  • ⅓ cup Grand Marnier
  • ¼ cup lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon agave

Instructions

  1. Add all of the ingredients in a mason jar or shaker and stir or shake to combine.
  2. Chill the mixture in the fridge (if you’re making ahead of time) for 2 hours
  3. Garnish your glass with a slice of lime and a salted rim, serve over ice, and enjoy!

Notes

To scale up to make a pitcher:

  • 2 cups tequila
  • 1 ⅓ cups Grand Marnier
  • 1 cup lime juice
  • 4 tablespoons agave

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