One of my guilty pleasures is watching Bar Rescue on SpikeTV. The host, a loud and in-your-face nightlife expert, goes into failing bars, points out all the obvious problems, and revamps them to be profitable again, mainly by retraining the kitchen and bar staff with expert chefs and bartenders, rehabbing the interior and exterior, and re-working the concept of the bar. Think “Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares” for bars.
Anyway, one failing bar was redone into a sports bar featuring Grand Marnier drinks, including this “Grand Margarita”. According to the Grand Marnier site, the Grand Margarita has no orange juice and ups the amount of Grand Marnier. However, the one taught on the show includes orange juice, which is the version I made here. It’s extremely tasty and mellows you enough to laugh at all the idiotic problems with the bars on Bar Rescue.
(as featured on Bar Rescue)
.5 oz. Grand Marnier
1.5 oz. premium tequila (I used PATRÓN REPOSADO)
.75 oz. fresh lime juice
.75 oz. orange juice
Combine and serve over crushed or cubed ice. Garnish with lime wedge. Salt-rimmed glass optional.