How to make a margarita with Grand Marnier

A subtle twist on a classic marg that makes all the difference

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Move over triple sec, there's a much more delicious orange liqueur ready and waiting to be used at home.

While folks may not naturally reach for Grand Marnier to make a classic margarita, its blend of cognac and bitter oranges result in a flavour that's far superior to its category counterparts.


Most types of traditional triple secs use neutral alcohol as a base before adding orange flavouring while Grand Marnier is cognac-based, enhancing the orange aromas and flavours of the bitter orange it uses in its infusion processes.

With the margarita being one of Canada's most popular cocktails—and the country being the second biggest market for Grand Marnier—there's never really a bad day to enjoy a margarita in the most delicious way possible.

The Grand Margarita

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fine salt, enough for rimming
1 lime wedge
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
1 lime wheel, for garnish

Fill a wide, shallow dish with some fine salt.

Cut a lime in half at the width and rub around half of the rim of a margarita glass or rocks glass.

Cut a thin, crosswise slice from one of the lime halves for garnish.

Holding glass upside down, dip wet half delicately into the salt.

Place Grand Marnier, Espolon Tequila, lime juice and agave nectar (or simple syrup) in a cocktail shaker and fill with ice.

Cover, shake vigorously for 15 seconds and strain into glass.

Apply lime garnish to the rim of glass and serve.

1 cocktail
Prep Time:
5 minutes