September 15, 2011

Margarita Francesa, por favor!

Today kicks off the 25th Anniversary of National Hispanic Heritage Month so naturally that means we need to get a buzz on with some signature Hispanic cocktails. Margarita anyone?

Grand Marnier and Rosa Mexicano created this de-lush-ious Margarita Francesa to toast the occasion whether at home or at the restaurant. A traditional margarita mixes together the spirit of Mexico (hola, tequila!), orange liqueur and fresh lime juice and is actually the #1 selling cocktail in the United States. But, over the years its popularity has sparked unique twists on the classic recipe (hell, it’s how Bethenny made her fortune!)

I love this variation because it simply reverses the amount of spirit ingredients from a traditional margarita to give it a more vibrant taste. The result? A smoother profile that is balanced with the enticement of citrus notes and the complexity of cognac.

Go on, mix it up!

Margarita Francesa

  • 1.5 oz Grand Marnier

  • 1 oz Alma Tequila

  • 1 oz Lime Juice

  • 1/2 oz Orange Juice

  • 1/2 oz Simple Syrup
Preparation: Combine Grand Marnier, tequila, lime juice, orange juice and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Strain into a tall glass with ice and garnish with an orange wheel and lime wedge.