Highland Margarita Cocktail Recipe

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Highland Margarita Cocktail Recipe

A scotch-based liqueur flavored with honey, herbs, and spices, Drambuie has a pronounced honey flavor. This is often used in dark cocktails, such as the rusty nail, but it also works wonderfully in a bright citrus mix like this. This is not the kind of cocktail you want to accompany with your typical orange liqueur. If you want something that matches Drambuie quality, go for the cognac-based Grand Marnier or a high-quality triple sec, such as Cointreau or Combier. With the Highland Margarita, you’ll find tequila and Drambuie together.

A Drambuie Margarita is a nod to the drink’s origins. It is an extraordinary margarita due to the inclusion of one ingredient that most people would not think to mix into a sour tequila cocktail. It turns out to work very well, so you just have to try it and see for yourself! Margaritas are filled with all kinds of tasty ingredients, so it’s only natural that a cheap tequila would bring it all down. You may be able to avoid this predicament by using a nice blanco or reposado tequila. As soon as you take your first sip, you will thank yourself.


  • You can rim only half of the glass so you can sip alternate with or without salt.
  • Be sure to measure the ingredients before serving to ensure you get the accurate taste.
  • Take note of your personal preference and adjust the drink according to it. For example, you might prefer a little more Drambuie, or less lime.

Cocktail strength (from 1 to 10 scale)

The strength of Highland Margarita Cocktail Recipe is 5 out of 10.



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Nutrition (calories per serving)

The estimated calories of Highland Margarita Cocktail Recipe is 248 calories per serving.

Preparation time (minutes)

The time it takes to create Highland Margarita Cocktail Recipe is 3 minutes.

Tools needed

  • cocktail shaker


  • highball glass

Ingredients (ML/OZ)

  • 2 oz blanco or reposado tequila
  • 1/2 oz Drambuie
  • 1/2 oz orange liqueur (premium)
  • 1/2 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • lime wedge (for garnish)
  • coarse salt (optional rim)

Steps to Make It

  • Using a lime wedge to wet the rim of a highball glass. Rim with salt.
  • Pour the tequila, Drambuie, orange liqueur, and lime juice in a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
  • Shake and strain into a highball glass (with or without ice).
  • Garnish with a lime wedge.
  • Serve and enjoy.

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