The Grand Margarita, a stylish and delicious Grand Marnier holiday cocktail

by W. Andrew Powell
The Grand Margarita with Grand Marnier

Grand Marnier is a classic liqueur for the holidays. The rich, orange flavour, tart sweetness, and incredible aroma makes it perfect for sipping, and it’s a show stopper in cocktails.

Grand Marnier Cordon Rouge? mixes beautifully with premium ingredients to make a number of great winter cocktails, from a Blueberry tea, Mai Tai, to that classic, the margarita.

Here’s one of my favourite recipes for a margarita that’s delicious for hosting, parties, events, or just casual evenings in this holiday season.

The Grand Margarita with Grand Marnier

The Grand Margarita

Serves: 1 Prep Time:
Nutrition facts: 200 calories 20 grams fat
Rating: 5.0/5
( 1 voted )


  • 1 oz Grand Marnier Cordon Rouge
  • 1.5 oz Espolon Tequila
  • 0.75 oz freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 0.5 oz Agave nectar or simple syrup (optional)
  • Ice cubes
  • Lime garnish


  1. Fill a wide, shallow dish with 2-3 mm of fine salt.
  2. Cut a lime in half at the width and rub around half of the rim of a margarita glass.
  3. Cut a thin, crosswise slice from one of the lime halves for garnish.
  4. Holding glass upside down, dip wet half delicately into the salt.
  5. Shake Grand Marnier, Espolon Tequila and lime juice with ice in a cocktail shaker.
  6. Strain into glass and apply lime garnish to rim.
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