Top Shelf Margarita

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The top Shelf Margarita eschews the usual sour mix in favor of lime juice, and that’s a delicious move. To that, it adds Grand Marnier (I also recommend Patron Citronge) and the top shelf tequila of your choice. The flavors of lime and orange seem fresher and more complex in this recipe compared to the ones that rely on sour mix.

Top Shelf Margarita with lime wheel and salt rim

Pour yourself one of these whenever you’re in the mood for a margarita that’s a cut above ordinary.

Recipe

  • 1 1⁄2 ounces lime juice (about 2 limes)
  • 2 ounces tequila (top shelf)
  • 1 ounce Grand Marnier or Patron Citronge
  • 1 1⁄2 cup ice cubes
  • Lime slice
  • Coarse kosher salt
  • Optional: simple syrup to taste

Run a lime slice around the rim of a margarita glass and them press the rim into a saucer of kosher salt to create the salt rim. Put the ice in a cocktail shaker along with all other ingredients. Shake until beads form on the outside of the shaker. Strain the mixture into the glass, garnish with a lime wedge and serve.

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