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A glass of margarita with a salted rim.

Classic Margarita with Tequila & Grand Marnier


  • Author: Alexandra Stafford
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 drinks, generously

Description

Adapted from Jessica Merchant’s How Sweet It Is.

To make simple syrup: combine equal parts sugar and water in a small saucepan, and heat until sugar dissolves. Let cool. For this recipe, I’ve been doing about 1/2 cup sugar and 1/2 cup water. There will be a little bit leftover, which you can save for future margaritas or add to your mixture to taste.

** Update 7/2019: ** The original recipe calls for 1 cup Grand Marnier and 3/4 cup Tequila, which is how I made it for years. Most recently, I’ve switched to using 1 cup Tequila and 3/4 cup Grand Marnier. 


Ingredients

  • 8 ounces  (1 cup) Tequila, see notes above
  • 6 ounces (3/4 cup) Grand Marnier
  • 8 ounces (1 cup) lime juice, plus more to taste
  • 6 ounces (3/4 cup) simple syrup, see notes above
  • salt for the rim, I’ve been using Maldon sea salt
  • lime wedges for salt rim and garnish

Instructions

  1. In 4-cup liquid measure, stir together the the grand marnier, tequila, lime juice, and simple syrup.
  2. Pour salt onto a shallow plate. Rim the ridge of each glass with a lime wedge, and dip in salt. Fill the glass with ice. Pour margarita mixture into each glass. Squeeze in a wedge of lime.

  • Category: Drinks
  • Method: Stir
  • Cuisine: Mexican

Keywords: margarita, tequila, lime, grand marnier