Closeup of Vanilla Margarita in glass with blue rim and lime wedge

Vanilla Margarita – a cocktail you’re going to crave

43 Vanilla Margarita

This recipe embraces an aphrodisiac approach to making cocktail magic–and it might be one of my favorite margarita recipes, ever. It uses a trick popular among mixologists for putting their personal stamp on this beloved drink. They swap out the Triple Sec for something with bigger impact. In this case, it’s Licor 43, a Spanish, citrus-based liqueur.

The history of the Margarita

It’s believed that the Margarita was invented in Baja California in the 1930’s. It’s said to be a variation on a cocktail called the Daisy, which was made with the same ingredients except it called for brandy instead of tequila. Nobody is certain exactly who invented the drink. There are many who claim to be the creator but no one story is clearly true.

The addition of vanilla

I’m taken by this version of the classic cocktail because it incorporates one of my favorite aphrodisiacs, vanilla. But instead of using straight vanilla, as I mentioned earlier, it calls for Licor 43. This Spanish spirt 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. 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 find Licor 43

If you’re not sure where to find the key ingredient in my new favorite Margarita. Check the Licor 43 site. They’ve created an interactive finder on their website.

Want to try another inventive Margarita recipe? Check out the Citrónge Margarita.

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Licor 43 Vanilla Margarita
43 Vanilla Margarita
Prep Time
5 mins

This variation on a classic Margarita uses Licor 43 for its vanilla nuances. You're going to crave this cocktail! 

Course: aperitif, cocktail
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Margarita
Cooking Style: Mixology
Ingredient: Licor 43
Servings: 1
Created by: Licor 43
  • 3/4 oz Licor 43
  • 3/4 oz tequila
  • 1-1/2 oz fresh lemon juice
  • 3/4 oz simple syrup
  • lime wheel
  1. Add ice to a rocks glass and set aside.
  2. Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice and shake.
  3. Strain into glass and garnish with a lime wheel.


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