The Best Vanilla Margarita Recipe Featuring Licor 43
This Licor 43 cocktail offers layers of flavor
This vanilla margarita recipe is one of the sexiest tequila cocktails around. And it might be one of my favorite margarita recipes, ever. Instead of using triple sec, this recipe calls for a stunning, Spanish liqueur with hints of vanilla called Licor 43.
What is Licor 43?
This Spanish spirit was inspired by an ancient Roman drink called Licvor Mirabilis. (The ancient drink was a spirit infused from local fruits and herbs.) And in the case of Licor 43, it’s a blend of citrus and vanilla. And in this cocktail recipe, it’s shaken with reposado tequila. (Reposado tequilas tend to make a smoother cocktail but if you prefer the pure, agave flavor of a blanco, feel free to try mixing this drink with your favorite tequila.)
You might notice that this recipe diverges from the original margarita in one other way. It uses fresh lemon juice instead of lime. Not a believer? Just try it once and I think you’ll be hooked.
Where to buy it
If you’re not sure where to find the key ingredient in my new favorite Margarita, google retailers near you. Licor 43 is distributed throughout the U.S. and 80 other countries through major retailers including BevMo, Total Wine & More and even Target. Or order it through Drizly, my favorite alcohol delivery service.
The history of the Margarita
This isn’t the first non-traditional margarita ever invented. In fact, we previously featured a fantastic recipe featuring Patrón’s Citrónge in place of triple sec. But in order to appreciate a twist in the classic, you need to understand what makes a classic margarita recipe.
The original margarita was a tequila-based cocktail shaken with lime juice, triple sec and sugar. According to Smithsonian Magazine, there’s more than one plausible story on the origin of the Margarita. It may have been invented in Baja California around 1938.
Or it may have been invented by a Dallas socialite 10 years later. (Although this story doesn’t appear to line up with marketing materials distributed by Jose Cuervo promoting the drink three years before the socialite supposedly invented it.)
Nobody is certain exactly who invented the drink but what we know is that the original was simple, clean and refreshing. But it was also the kind of basic drink recipe welcoming variations. In this case, a version of the tequila cocktail with sexy vanilla notes.
Licor 43 Margaritas for date night
And that’s precisely why we’re featuring this drink – besides the fact that it’s one of the best easy summer cocktails we’ve ever tried. This Licor 43 margarita is an aphrodisiac drink from start to finish. This means it is our pick for a date night drink for anyone who appreciates the aphrodisiac power of vanilla.
The 43 Vanilla Margarita
- 3/4 oz Licor 43
- 3/4 oz reposado tequila
- 1-1/2 oz fresh lemon juice
- 3/4 oz simple syrup
- lime wheel
- Add ice to a rocks glass and set aside.
- Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice and shake.
- Strain into glass and garnish with a lime wheel.
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Good, but better with a splash of vanilla and use maple syrup vs simple.
Really good idea, I would reduce the 43 to half oz and double the tequila for a more balanced flavour profile (or more to my personal liking, ie less sweet). Thanks for the recipe!
Summers and Margarita, surely both go hand in hand. So want to try this on some hot sunny day!