Margarita Grande | Top Shelf Margarita | Cinco De Mayo | Traver Recipes

The Margarita Grande, a top shelf margarita recipe. Ingredients and Directions below!


Let’s start with the liquor. In the restaurant industry there are typically three categories of liquors: house, call, and top shelf.

House liquors, also known as “well liquors” because they’re kept in the bartender’s liquor well or speed rail, are the lowest you can go.

Call liquors are liquors that guests commonly ask for by name. Jack Daniels, Bombay Sapphire, Tito’s, Stoli, 1800, you get the picutre. They’re often much better than house liquors and are familiar enough to everyone that you’d know it by name. When a bartender asks you what type of whiskey you want, you call it out by name. Call liquors, there you go.

Then there’s top shelf. Now to someone who’s ordering top shelf they likely are familiar with the name, just like a call liquor. But it’s not as popular because the price tag is significantly higher. In my experience of bar management I would say that any liquor bottle at 750ml that is priced over $50 USD is a top shelf liquor.

If you’re ordering a Margarita Grande, or making one at home as I am, you want it to contain a liquor that is top shelf quality. Patron Añejo, Don Julio, Tres Genereciones… etc. Something better than good.

For my recipe I chose Tres Genereciones. So as you can see, you’re getting a liquor upgrade in a top shelf margarita… as you should be.

Now there are a few other upgrades. Simple syrup (sugar and water) gets an upgrade to Agave Syrup, and Triple Sec (orange liquor) gets an upgrade to Grand Marnier.

From there the recipe is quite simple. Freshly squeezed lime juice, you may also add sour mix or a splash of orange juice, and a salt rim. You’re good to go!

I hope you enjoy this recipe and please let me know what you think! Anything you would change, or add to the mix?

Please drink responsibly.


  • 1.5 ounces Tres Genereciones Añejo Tequila.
  • 1.0 ounces Master of Mixers “Lite” Sour Mix.
  • 0.5 ounces Grand Marnier Orange Liquor as a floater.
  • 1/2 Lime freshly squeezed.
  • A few drops of Agave Syrup.
  • Lime Juice for rimmer.
  • Margarita Salt for rimmer.


  1. Pour 1.5 ounces of Tres Genereciones Añejo Tequila and 1.0 ounces Master of Mixers “Lite” Sour Mix into a shaker.
  2. Squeeze 1/2 freshly squeezed lime juice into shaker, a few drops of Agave Syrup, and two cubes of ice into shaker. Shake well.
  3. Ready two small plates. Line one with lime juice and the other with Margarita salt. Using a rocks glass, coat the rim of the glass in lime juice then in salt.
  4. Fill rocks glass with ice then pour in shaker contents. Now add in 0.5 ounces of Grand Marnier as a floater and garnish with a lime. Serve, and enjoy! And as always drink responsibly.

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