There is nothing quite like a good margarita. And to make a good margarita, you have to use the best ingredients. I like a nice tequila, either Patron, or Cuervo. But the real secret to a great margarita is the Grand Marnier Liqueur (or Cointreau). Although it is expensive, it is so worth it! You don’t need to use much, so it will last awhile in your liquor cabinet! You can find the recipe for my texas margaritas here. And here is the recipe for my famous Margarita cupcakes! I made these for a rehearsal dinner and they were a hit!
For the cupcakes: 1 box white cake mix prepared according to package directions 3 limes, zested and juiced 3 T. Tequila 1 T. Grand Marnier or Cointreau
For the frosting: 2 boxes confectioners’ sugar 2 sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature 2 T. freshly squeezed lime juice 2 T. tequila 1 T. Grand Marnier pinch of kosher salt
For Cupcakes: Mix cake mix according to package directions. Add in 2T. lime juice, lime zest, 2T. Tequila, and 1 T. Grand Marnier. Line 24 cupcake tins and fill about 3/4 way full. I use an ice cream scoop to get nice uniform cupcakes. Bake for 18-22 minutes. When cupcakes are completely cool, brush on additional Tequila and Grand Marnier.
For Frosting: Blend confectioner’s sugar and butter until smooth. Add in fresh lime juice, tequila, and Grand Marnier. Add a pinch of kosher salt
Pipe frosting onto the cooled cupcakes with a large 1M tip or large star tip. Sprinkle with lime zest and top with lime slices.