Ginger Margarita

The margarita gets a cozy update with the addition of warming ginger. This easy ginger cocktail is everything you love about a classic margarita, but the flavor profile feels so right for fall and winter.


For the Ginger Simple Syrup

  • 3-4 inches fresh ginger root
  • 1 c water
  • 1 c granulated white sugar

For the Cocktail

  • 2 oz reposado tequila
  • 1 oz Grand Marnier
  • 1 oz fresh-squeezed lime juice
  • 1 oz fresh-squeezed orange juice
  • 0.5 oz ginger simple syrup
  • Lime wheel or wedge for garnish
  • Piece of crystallized ginger for garnish


  1. To make the ginger simple syrup, peel the ginger root and cut it into medallions. Combine the sliced ginger root with the water and sugar, bring to a boil, and then reduce to a low boil.
  2. Boil until the mixture has reduced significantly and turned a light gold color. It should be thick enough to coat the back of a spoon. Keep an eye on it and don't let it go too far.
  3. Strain the simple syrup through a fine-mesh sieve to remove any wayward ginger bits.
  4. Put the simple syrup in a jar or container and chill it for several hours.
  5. In a cocktail shaker, combine the tequila, Grand Marnier, lime juice, orange juice, and simple syrup with ice. Shake well.
  6. Strain into a margarita glass with ice.
  7. Garnish with a lime wheel and a piece of crystallized ginger.
  8. Store any additional simple syrup in the fridge for up to a couple weeks.