A citrus fruit called “laraha” was one of its ingredients. And the more I drank, the more I began to “ha-ha.”

The classic Mexican margarita served at Cancun Mexican Grill in Grand Ledge includes Curaçao — a liqueur made with laraha grown on the island of Curaçao — as well as triple sec, an orange-flavored liqueur. These extras added spikes of taste and alcohol. Since the margarita also contained a generous amount of tequila, it was no wonder I found it so easy to giggle.

Margaritas served in Mexico are usually generous with the alcohol and light on lime mix, and in this way, Cancun’s version feels authentic. That wasn’t a surprise, since the restaurant emphasizes a south-of-the-border authenticity with its food and its colorful “hecho en Mexico” chairs and tables.

The flavorful Margarita comes standard with Sauza tequila, a reliable brand, but a wide range of top-shelf tequilas is also available upon request. (I opted for 1800.) The drink comes in four sizes — regular, jumbo, monster and pitcher — and there are also mango, peach and strawberry variations.

Of course, anyone sampling any size should employ a designated driver. I knew after one easy-to-drink jumbo Cancun margarita it was best for me to avoid operating any machinery heavier than an electric toothbrush.


Cancun Mexican Grill Grand Ledge

11 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday- Thursday;
11 a.m.-10:45 p.m. Friday;
11 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Saturday;
11 a.m.-9 p.m.
Sunday 300 S. Bridge St., Grand Ledge
(517) 627-6157, cancungl.com