We are all familiar with the classic Margarita. The combination of tequila, lime, and triple sec combined with the salty rim is super refreshing on a summer’s day.
It’s time to meet the Margarita’s older sibling, the Top Shelf Margarita. With all the chaos of Covid, you deserve to treat yourself.
The Top Shelf Margarita is traditionally made using a higher quality tequila, giving it the name. The other crucial difference is that the triple sec is replaced with Grand Marnier.
This is a combination of Cognac, sugar, and a distilled bitter orange essence. The Top Shelf Margarita tastes a little richer with undertones of an orange bitterness.
We have rounded up 25 of the most amazing Top Shelf Margarita recipes from around the internet.
Many of them are recipes for traditional Margaritas, which can be adapted into Top Shelf versions. Simply switch out the triple sec for Grand Marnier and splash out with your tequila of choice. There’s no time like the present to treat yourself.
1. Top Shelf Margarita on the Rocks
This recipe calls for aged Anejo tequila, Grand Marnier, lime juice, and simple syrup. It is a classic, no-frills cocktail, best served ice cold.
We recommend serving the chilled cocktail over ice cubes in a glass garnished with a salted rim. If you’re feeling really bougie, use smoked salt.
2. Rosemary Ginger Margarita
Rosemary and ginger pair perfectly in this cocktail. Ginger is known for its anti-inflammatory and immune-boosting properties from compounds known as gingerols.
Rosemary is also an anti-inflammatory, and tequila has been known for years as a cure for chesty colds too. That makes this drink basically a health cure!
3. Grilled Mango Habanero Margarita
These Margaritas are spicy, fruity, and sweet. They are unlike any other cocktail you have had, and you will find yourself quickly addicted.
The mango and habanero are grilled to s slight char before being incorporated into the drink. This gives the cocktail a smoky depth that you don’t often see at home.
4. Foamy Top Shelf Margarita
This recipe, from The Prothro’s Kitchen, is a luxurious spin that will impress any guests you may have. It incorporates egg whites to create a sour mix with lemon juice and sugar.
This helps to create a thick layer of smooth foam at the top of the cocktail.
5. Frozen Top Shelf Margarita
A frozen cocktail just hits differently in the summertime. The cool, slushy texture will take you back to your childhood days.
The alcohol will remind you why it’s worth growing up. This recipe from Isabel Eats is really refreshing and very easy to make at home in your blender.
6. Kiwi Margarita
We have all heard of green juices, but how about green cocktails? This unusual cocktail is made with kiwis and is filled with tiny specks from the seeds.
The drink is made using a kiwi simple syrup which is hassle-free to make. It really takes your cocktail to the next level.
7. Cadillac Margarita
This is another name for the classic Top Shelf Margarita. It is golden in color, adding to the sense of luxury it creates. It is vital to use top-quality ingredients for this cocktail.
You should ensure you use fresh lime juice instead of its long-life counterpart to finish.
8. Aloe Vera Margarita
Aloe vera has long been regaled for its health-boosting properties. It is known to boost your immune system and can help soothe digestive issues.
If you have an upset stomach, this could be the perfect healing elixir for you. The cocktail is made using aloe vera juice, tequila, and lime.
9. Blood Orange Margarita
This Margarita is made with juices from blood oranges and limes. The blood orange juice combined with the Grand Marnier gives the drink a lot of bitter orange notes.
The cocktail is sweetened with homemade simple syrup and shaken over ice. It is served with the traditional salt rim and a wedge of blood orange.
10. Skinny Top Shelf Margarita
This version is made skinny by substituting the calorie-laden Grand Marnier for freshly squeezed orange juice. This allows you to use less sugar, making the drink lower in calories overall.
Use a top-quality tequila to take this drink over the edge. Substitute the sugar syrup for a less refined light agave nectar.
11. Frozen Strawberry Margarita
Strawberry Margaritas are a classic cocktail, and freezing them takes them to the next level.
This is super simple to make in your home blender for the ultimate beach bar experience. They make the perfect drink for a summer BBQ or an evening garden party.
12. Passion Fruit Margarita
Passionfruit is a fantastic addition to any cocktail. The finished drink has passion fruit seeds running through it, adding a magical appearance.
The passion fruit flavors are complemented by lime juice and the cocktail is sweetened with honey. You can substitute this for simple syrup or agave nectar if you are vegan.
13. Cranberry Margarita
Cranberry and lime is a classic flavor combination that makes for a crisp drink. This recipe makes a pitcher’s worth of the Margaritas, so you’re not going to run out anytime soon.
The simple syrup is made from a combination of honey, lemon rind, and ginger for extra flavor.
14. Frozen Peach Margarita
These Margaritas evoke the memories of peach iced tea on a summer evening, but with a boozy kick. This is the perfect way to unwind after a long day, or as a light pick me up in the hot afternoon sun.
The recipe calls for fresh peaches, giving the drink a smoothie-like consistency.
15. Watermelon Margarita
No fruit screams summertime like the cool and refreshing flavor of watermelon. This recipe from The Cookie Rookie is quick and easy to make.
It looks beautiful served in whatever glass you have to hand. Don’t forget to create the classic salted rim and garnish with a small watermelon wedge.
16. Apple Cider Margarita
These fall-inspired Margaritas are the perfect way to spend a crisp October afternoon. They are warming and comforting and will make everyone smile.
The cocktail is made from a combination of apple cider, tequila, Grand Marnier, lime juice, and maple syrup. The rim is made with sugar and cinnamon.
17. Roasted Tomato Margarita
This cocktail is as if a Margarita and a Bloody Mary had a baby. Refreshing, fun, and delicious it will go down a treat at brunch. Place some tomatoes on a large roasting tray and drizzle them with garlic, chili powder, and olive oil.
Roast and puree before combining with the rest of the cocktail ingredients.
18. Blackberry Margarita
This is a spicy and berry-inspired cocktail that everyone will enjoy. Blackberries and green chilis are blended with lime juice to create a smooth paste. This is then strained to remove the seeds (but if you fancy it, leave them in).
Combine this with blackberry brandy, tequila, agave nectar, and Grand Marnier.
19. Spicy Cucumber Margarita
These Margaritas are made with cucumber and jalapenos for a fresh but invigorating drink.
The simple syrup for this drink is made by combining lime juice, sugar, cilantro, and jalapenos with water. This spicy syrup is added to cucumber juice and tequila before serving.
20. Frozen Cherry and Lime Margarita
This cocktail is an adult take on cherry limeade. It only needs 3 ingredients and a blender to make.
You will combine limeade concentrate, tequila, and tart cherry juice with heaps of ice. Blend until there it is a slushy consistency and decant into glasses for all to enjoy.
21. Pomegranate Margarita
Pomegranate is an irresistible summer flavor that is perfect for a cocktail. This recipe makes enough to fill a pitcher, so there’s no need to stop at just one.
It uses pomegranate juice and frozen limeade concentrate as a base. I suggest serving it with pomegranate arils running through.
22. Pineapple Margarita
This is a super sweet and tangy cocktail recipe that just screams summer. Slice your fresh pineapple into rings and brush with melted butter. Grill for a few minutes on each side to allow the surface to char slightly.
Blend this with vanilla extract, tequila, Grand Marnier, lime juice, and simple syrup.
23. Ginger Margarita
These are not just ginger Margaritas, they’re ginger beergaritas. You will need to make a ginger simple syrup to sweeten the cocktail. Combine this with ginger beer, lime juice, tequila, and Grand Marnier.
Shake with lots of ice and serve in a frosted glass with a salt rim.
24. Rhubarb and Raspberry Margarita
This may sound like an unusual combination, but you will love it as soon as it crosses your lips. The tartness of the rhubarb perfectly complements the sweetness of the raspberries.
Plus, the drink is pink! The simple syrup is flavored with rhubarb and ginger for depth of flavor.
This is a hybrid between a Mojito and a Margarita, 2 of the most classic cocktails of all time. The drink combines muddled lime, silver tequila, mint leaves, agave nectar, and soda water.
Serve the drink over ice cubes with a salted rim. Top with a sprig of mint.