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Bourbon Margarita Recipe | Gimme Some Oven

by Amelie Smith
Bourbon Margarita

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Bourbon requires the location of tequila in a classic margarita recipe…and it is surprisingly delightful.

Bourbon Margarita

Ever attempted swapping bourbon for tequila when creating a margarita?

I believe you could just really like it. ♡

Barclay and I have lengthy been fans of pairing bourbon and lemon collectively for a excellent whiskey sour or horsefeather. But a pal lately turned us onto the reality that bourbon also plays beautifully with lime and orange in a classic margarita. And soon after providing it a attempt, we couldn’t agree extra.

Turns out that bourbon, with its warming caramel and oaky notes, balances out the vibrant and tangy lime juice and bittersweet orange liqueur in a margarita just completely. And when sweetened with a tiny hint of maple syrup (optional, if you like a sweeter marg) and and served with a coarse salt rim, we located every sip of this margarita to be endlessly intriguing and so damn excellent. If you really like bourbon and margs as a great deal as we do, I extremely propose providing it a attempt!

Bourbon Margarita

Bourbon Margarita Components

Ahead of we get to the complete bourbon margarita recipe under, right here are a handful of notes about the components you will need…

  • Bourbon: Any excellent-excellent bourbon whiskey will function in this cocktail. (Or rye whiskey would be scrumptious also.)
  • Orange liqueur: I’m partial to Cointreau or Grand Marnier in margaritas, but a excellent-excellent Triple Sec would also function also.
  • Lime juice: Freshly-squeezed juice, as normally, plus really feel cost-free to use a slice as garnish. I’m a large fan of this citrus juicer, which tends to make juicing limes a breeze!
  • Sweetener: I commonly choose my margaritas devoid of additional sweetener. But maple syrup plays beautifully with the bourbon, if you would like to sweeten your cocktail a bit. Or you could go with the normal agave nectar (or easy syrup).
  • Ice: You will will need a handful of ice to shake the cocktail. Then I propose a big chunk of ice (such as a big cube or sphere) in the serving glass so that it will melt gradually.
  • Lime wedge and coarse salt: If you would like to rim the glass with salt, just run a lime wedge about the rim and dip it in a plate of coarse salt. (I propose Kosher salt, whose texture is excellent for a excellent salt rim.)

Steps for Mixing a Bourbon Margarita

Pouring a bourbon margarita into a salt-rimmed glass

Recipe Variations

Right here are a handful of more techniques that you can customize this bourbon margarita recipe…

  • Use fresh orange juice: To make a “skinny” margarita, substitute freshly-squeezed orange juice in location of the orange liqueur.
  • Use a various rim: I really like mixing Tajín with coarse salt to make a spicier chili-lime salted rim. Or if you want to go sweet and spicy, you can mix some turbinado sugar (or any kind of sugar) with the salt.
  • Add jalapeño: To make a spicy margarita, muddle a jalapeño slice or two in the cocktail.
  • Make a pitcher: To make a pitcher of bourbon margaritas (16 servings), stir bourbon, orange liqueur, lime juice and a handful of ice collectively in a big pitcher till combined. Add sweetener to taste, if preferred, till the margaritas attain your preferred level of sweetness. Serve more than ice, garnishing every glass with an additional lime slice if preferred.

Bourbon Margarita with a salt rim on a plate


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  • 1 1/two ounces bourbon
  • 1 ounce Cointreau (or Grand Marnier)
  • three/four ounce freshly-squeezed lime juice
  • optional sweetener: 1 to two teaspoons maple syrup (or agave nectar)
  • ice
  • lime wedge and coarse salt for rimming the glass

  1. Salt the rim (optional). Run a lime wedge (the juicy aspect) about the major rim of your serving glass. Fill a shallow bowl or plate with coarse salt, then dip the rim till it is covered with your preferred quantity of salt. Set aside.
  2. Make the margarita mix. Add bourbon, Cointreau, lime juice and a handful of ice cubes to a cocktail shaker. Shake or stir vigorously for about ten seconds to chill. Give the mix a speedy taste and stir in your preferred quantity of sweetener if preferred.
  3. Serve. Fill the ready serving glass with ice. Strain in the margarita mix, garnish as preferred, serve and take pleasure in. Cheers!

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