Grand Margarita

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.

Grand Margarita
(as featured on Bar Rescue)

.5 oz. Grand Marnier
1.5 oz. premium tequila (I used PATRΓ“N 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.

56 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Barbara Bamber | justasmidgen
    Oct 16, 2012 @ 10:58:04

    This looks like my kind of Margarita and my kind of show!! I’d love to watch that!

  2. Smart Food and Fit (@LisaNutrition)
    Oct 16, 2012 @ 11:03:33

    Holy Margarita! I could use one of these just about now!

  3. Sprout Health Lifestyle
    Oct 16, 2012 @ 11:14:02

    This is great because I am on my way out to Mexico in a week! I am not a tequila drinker usually but I better gear up huh? yum!

  4. Adriana
    Oct 16, 2012 @ 11:17:38

    Yum! It’s refreshing (pun intended) to find a margarita recipe not loaded with extra sugar. I’m pulling limes out of the tree for this one tonight!

  5. Food,Photography & France
    Oct 16, 2012 @ 11:39:22

    Very delicious drink – nice pic:)

  6. 21stcenturyhousewife
    Oct 16, 2012 @ 11:56:22

    I love margarita and I love Grand Mariner – what a fabulous cocktail!

  7. cecilia
    Oct 16, 2012 @ 12:17:24

    RIGHT, when next i am in the windy city I want one of these as i step off the train! Perfect.. c

  8. Geraldine Saucier
    Oct 16, 2012 @ 12:25:24

    Sounds wonderful. The way the day is going I am going to make one tonight:)

  9. Tracy
    Oct 16, 2012 @ 12:46:37

    That looks completely delicious and by the way my day is going I will be needing one of those tonight.

    Tracy @ Sunny Days and Starry Nights

  10. albertocook
    Oct 16, 2012 @ 12:49:03

    i think is delicious. its very maxican

  11. The Squishy Monster
    Oct 16, 2012 @ 13:23:36

    Upping the alcohol sounds like such a good idea to so many people! =)

  12. Choc Chip Uru
    Oct 16, 2012 @ 14:14:08

    What a gorgeous looking drink πŸ™‚

    Choc Chip Uru

  13. hotlyspiced
    Oct 16, 2012 @ 14:48:29

    I haven’t heard of that TV show before but it does sound a lot like Gordon Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares. I love a salted glass for a margarita xx

  14. TrafficDiva
    Oct 16, 2012 @ 16:22:53

    How AWESOME to include fun, tasty, YUMMY cocktails into your blog!!! Thanks for the receipe and let me say (along with everyone else) that I, too, could use several of those. Right. Now. LOL!!!!

  15. Parsley Sage
    Oct 16, 2012 @ 17:02:54

    Ha! I’d need one of those to make it through an episode of reality TV…although, having said that if you can find a show that offers up a yummy recipe like this it can’t ALL be bad πŸ˜‰

  16. Ronda
    Oct 16, 2012 @ 18:13:11

    I could use one of those right now!

  17. spicegirlfla
    Oct 16, 2012 @ 19:17:20

    I’ve not seen that show, but when I do, I’ll have to make your cocktail! But since I have all these ingredients on hand now, maybe I should test it out sooner than later πŸ™‚

  18. rebecca
    Oct 16, 2012 @ 19:18:22

    fun drink and that show sounds good

  19. Bam's Kitchen
    Oct 16, 2012 @ 19:54:46

    Is it the weekend yet? Can’t wait to give this one a try…

  20. Baking is my Zen
    Oct 16, 2012 @ 20:10:42

    It’s 5 O’clock somewhere…time for a cocktail! πŸ™‚
    Nice angle on the photo…


  21. Juliana
    Oct 16, 2012 @ 20:48:25

    Looks and sounds delicious your Grand Margarita…like the fresh orange juice in it…perfect at anytime πŸ™‚
    Hope you are having a fantastic week!

  22. thatskinnychickcanbake
    Oct 16, 2012 @ 20:55:01

    Margaritas are one of my favorite cocktails…and this version looks terrific πŸ™‚

  23. Elaine
    Oct 16, 2012 @ 21:52:39

    After watching the debate, I could certainly use of these right about now. I love Margaritas, but I have never had one of these. It looks wonderful.

  24. Jenn@slim-shoppin
    Oct 16, 2012 @ 22:31:03

    I haven’t heard of that show – but I love shows similar – I’ll have to check it out

  25. eatinglikeahorse
    Oct 17, 2012 @ 01:20:59

    That programme sounds really good – and I love the way you drink this while watching it! I’d have the orange juice in it too and it looks so refreshing πŸ™‚

    Oct 17, 2012 @ 05:46:31

    Wow, these sound wonderful. Being here in Florida seems like the perfect place to enjoy one!

  27. Audrey Allure
    Oct 17, 2012 @ 08:52:54

    That looks amazing!

  28. Katerina
    Oct 17, 2012 @ 08:55:28

    I would very much appreciate this margarita with a dish full of enchiladas and beans!

  29. Andrea
    Oct 17, 2012 @ 09:14:00

    Looks fabulous! (and I watch that show too!)

  30. Baker Street (@bakerstreet29)
    Oct 17, 2012 @ 10:02:52

    I love Grand Mariner and I love margarita – This is so good!

  31. Jasline
    Oct 17, 2012 @ 10:34:23

    Okay, this looks and sounds really perfect – refreshing, ice-cold and alcoholic! Mmmm!

  32. Nami | Just One Cookbook
    Oct 17, 2012 @ 10:43:42

    I’m immediately got thirsty~~! Perfect post for 80F fall weather here.

  33. Marta @ What should I eat for breakfast today
    Oct 17, 2012 @ 18:54:51

    Margaritas night!!! That was the first tough in my head πŸ™‚

  34. andi
    Oct 17, 2012 @ 20:35:03

    Looks and sounds delicious….I will have to try this for the hubby he likes margaritas….I made some frozen Jararita’s this summer and posted. Delicious andi

  35. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide
    Oct 17, 2012 @ 20:51:29


  36. Jessica
    Oct 17, 2012 @ 20:57:26

    Looks great!

    Jessica @ Sunny Days and Starry Nights

  37. Asmita (@FoodieAsmita)
    Oct 17, 2012 @ 21:26:02

    I could most certainly do with a glass of that gorgeous drink!

  38. FiSh
    Oct 18, 2012 @ 02:25:45

    refreshing! πŸ™‚ nice cocktail you have there

    Latest: CAUTION: It’s Flaming!

  39. Tandy
    Oct 18, 2012 @ 03:42:13

    This is my type of drink! Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

  40. libishski
    Oct 18, 2012 @ 03:50:17

    Man, I wouldn’t mind a magarita right now!

  41. Cakelaw
    Oct 18, 2012 @ 04:47:39

    Save one for me please!

  42. Jenny @ Ichigo Shortcake
    Oct 18, 2012 @ 05:56:35

    I’ve never watched this show before, now you’ve piqued my interest! Must go look for it. This margarita looks fantastic! I can do with one right now.

  43. Inger Wilkerson
    Oct 18, 2012 @ 07:11:35

    I am a big margarita fan and can’t wait to try this version too (okay it’s breakfast time, so I guess I’ll wait)–even have all the ingredients!!

  44. cooking varieties
    Oct 18, 2012 @ 08:02:10

    hi dear, your margarita looks so catchy and zesty too..i imagine it has the perfect chill. have a nice day

  45. Amy from A Couple in the Kitchen
    Oct 18, 2012 @ 08:10:40

    I love Grand Marnier, so this is calling my name. Is it wrong to want one at 9:00 a.m.? πŸ™‚

  46. Simply Life
    Oct 18, 2012 @ 08:13:08

    looks like a fun drink to have!

  47. JasmyneTea
    Oct 18, 2012 @ 10:15:01

    Looks good! I’ve got some Grand Marnier around here somewhere…

  48. Amanda chic
    Oct 18, 2012 @ 10:51:05

    Mmmmm! πŸ˜€ nice recipe

    A chic kiss πŸ˜‰

  49. Daniela
    Oct 18, 2012 @ 12:17:09

    What a treat! Looks delicious.

  50. Caroline
    Oct 18, 2012 @ 16:38:21

    Mmmm I could use one of these right now! It’s definitely 5 o’clock somewhere. πŸ™‚

  51. Profiteroles & Ponytails
    Oct 18, 2012 @ 21:00:31

    This looks super refreshing. Don’t they say have two margarita’s and you’ll feel better in the morning?

  52. tokyohamster
    Oct 18, 2012 @ 21:15:37

    mmm that looks perfect for this weekend!! i love myself a margarita!

  53. Akila
    Oct 19, 2012 @ 00:26:57

    Very interesting n new recipe to me

    Event: Dish name starts with P

  54. cquek
    Oct 19, 2012 @ 07:03:08

    Oh my goodness that sounds like heaven!

  55. Three Well Beings
    Oct 19, 2012 @ 23:06:57

    I’m not familiar with that show, but i think I would enjoy it. And I KNOW I would enjoy this drink! πŸ™‚

  56. Lilly Sue
    Oct 21, 2012 @ 10:21:48

    Yum, margaritas! I love them πŸ™‚ And I have been craving a GOOD one so bad. Thanks for sharing! πŸ™‚

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