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Cocktail recipe: Espolon Grand Margarita

Margarita is one of the most popular tequila cocktails. Lime juice, tequila, orange liqueur, a salted rim glass … it doesn’t take more to imagine yourself on a terrace in the sun!

For Cinco de Mayo or to imagine you’re on vacation, here is the recipe for Espolon Grand Margarita, a version of this iconic cocktail with Epsolon tequila and Grand Marnier cognac.

The Espolon Grand Margarita cocktail

The Espolon Grand Margarita cocktail with Grand Marnier and tequila Epsolon

Originally from Mexico, sources differ as to the creation of this cocktail. Some believe it would be inspired by the Daisy cocktail, made with brandy, curacao and lemon juice.

In contrast, the margarita contains lime juice, tequila instead of brandy and an orange liqueur, such as Triple sec or Cointreau.

In this version, we elevate this cocktail by switching for Grand Marnier cognac with orange and using the excellent Espolon tequila.

A margarita can be served mixed with crushed ice, to obtain a frozen margarita, without ice or with ice, as we do for this recipe.

It’s served here in lowball glasses, but if you have margarita glasses, even better!

The essential step: the salted rim 

2 margaritas with salted rims

To make this cocktail perfect, don’t forget to salt the rim of your glass!

To do this, pour the salt into a plate or shallow bowl. Moisten the rim of the glass with a lime wedge, then set the glass upside down in the salt to form a beautiful wreath.

Tequila Espolon and Grand Marnier

tequila Espolon and cognac Grand Marnier

As in any recipe, the choice of ingredients and products makes all the difference.

Here we will use a good tequila, the Epsolon, which is really sweet and pleasant to drink (as a shooter, it would be perfect too!)

Part of the high quality of this tequila is that each bottle contains 100% hand-harvested Weber Blue Agave. This agave variety is said to be one of the sweetest, which gives it that very good taste.

And what about the label of the bottle! Very artistic, the illustrations are inspired by those of Mexican artist Jose Guadalupe Posada, who through his innovative and political art denounced social injustices and brought about new ways of thinking. (Available at the SAQ, $ 39.75)

The other alcohol used is Grand Marnier cognac. A timeless digestif that is always perfect with its flavors of orange combined with the warmth of cognac. It’s simply delicious on ice, but also in cocktails. (Available at the SAQ, $ 47.50)

Glasses of Espolon Grand Margarita
Verres de Espolon Grand Margarita

Espolon Grand Margarita

Yield: 1 glass
Temps de préparation: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

A very refreshing cocktail that combines tangy lime with the earthy notes of tequila, the warmth and orange flavors of Grand Marnier cognac.

Ingredients

  • 1.5 oz Tequila Espolon
  • 1 oz Grand Marnier®
  • 0.75 oz fresh lime juice
  • 0.5 oz agave nectar or simple syrup (optional)

Instructions

  1. Shake with ice.
  2. Pour into a flat-bottomed glass with cool ice and a salted rim.
  3. Garnish with lime and enjoy!

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