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.
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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.
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
The process of mixing up this delightful beverage is so easy. Here’s what you’ll do:
- Combine ingredients – add all of the ingredients to a mason jar or shaker and stir or shake to combine.
- Chill – chill the mixture in the fridge (if you’re making it ahead of time) for 2 hours.
- Serve and enjoy – garnish your glass with a slice of lime and a salted rim, serve over ice, and enjoy!
How to Serve
This margarita is delicious alongside classic chips, homemade guacamole, and Instant Pot 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.
How to Store
To store your Grand Marnier margarita, pour it into a covered container and place it in the fridge for up to 5 days.
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.
Margarita with Grand Marnier
- 1/2 cup tequila
- 1/3 cup Grand Marnier
- 1/4 cup lime juice
- 1 tablespoon agave
- Add all of the ingredients in a mason jar or shaker and stir or shake to combine.
- Chill the mixture in the fridge (if you’re making ahead of time) for 2 hours
- Garnish your glass with a slice of lime and a salted rim, serve over ice, and enjoy!
- 2 cups tequila
- 1 ⅓ cups Grand Marnier
- 1 cup lime juice
- 4 tablespoons agave