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grand margarita

Makes 2 cocktails

This twist on the classic recipe is for when you’re making margaritas in small quantities, as the fresh lime juice is a bit more work. I’ve added a splash of orange juice to pick up on the orange liqueur, but you can omit that if you like. See page 191 for my Margaritas Más Grandes recipe if you need a whole batch.

  • 6 ounces tequila (use your favorite)
  • ¼ cup fresh lime juice (2 limes)
  • 2 ounces Simple Syrup (see below) or 2 tablespoons superfine sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Grand Marnier
  • Splash orange juice (optional)
  • Salt for glasses (optional)
  • 2 lime wedges, for garnish

In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine all the ingredients and shake. Strain and serve in salt-rimmed glasses garnished with lime wedges.

simple syrup

Makes about 1½ cups
Simple syrup is the bartender’s secret ingredient for many cocktails, such as the Sazerac. It’s so easy, and you can keep it in your refrigerator for about three weeks.

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water

In a saucepan, combine the sugar and water and cook over low heat till the sugar dissolves. Let the syrup cool before using.

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