Golden Margarita

Cancun and Golden Margaritas from Garnish with Lemon

If you follow us on Instagram, you might have seen last week’s pictures of sun and sand and guessed correctly that I was NOT in snowy Minnesota. I just got back from a heavenly, sun-soaked week in Mexico. Which, of course, means mucho golden margaritas! My family has been going to Mexico for the past 20 years, and my dad was lucky enough to get his hands on the house margarita recipe. Today is National Margarita Day, a holiday that just begs to be celebrated, especially when we have 10 fresh inches of snow on the ground in this never ending winter. The Golden Margarita is a simple, tasty classic that needs to go to the top of your must make list. Once you have one of these, you’ll never go back to the bottled mix again.

Does anyone else have problems drinking out of a margarita glass? I spill without fail every time I try. And who wants to waste tequila? The Mexicans have a simply genius solution to tipsy, unbalanced margarita glasses: make them “vacation size”. I kid you not, that’s how you order a margarita in Mexico. Place your order, and the bartender will ask if you want small or vacation size, salt or no salt, on the rocks or frozen. Well, of course I want vacation size on the rocks with salt! (Who has time to wait for another small margarita to arrive?) Go big or go home, right?  Which of course brings up the big debate: salt or no salt on your margarita. Me? I’m a salt girl. Anna? No salt for her.

So in honor of National Margarita Day, I’m going to ignore the snow mounds outside my window and pretend that I’m still beachside drinking my vacation size margarita on the rocks with salt. Salud!

Golden Margarita

Golden Margarita
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Recipe type: Drinks
Serves: 1
  • 3 oz gold tequila
  • 3 oz Grand Marnier
  • 3 oz fresh lime juice
  • 3 oz simple syrup
  • Lime wedge for garnish
  • Kosher salt for rim (optional)
  1. Run lime wedge around rim of a high ball glass to moisten so salt will stick. Turn glass upside down in salt to coat the edges. Fill with ice.
  2. Pour tequila, Grand Marnier, lime juice and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously to mix and pour over ice in prepared glass. Serve immediately.
  3. Recipe makes 1 “Vacation Size” margarita.


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