A classic Cadillac Margarita is delicious, and feels just as fancy as the name sounds. It’s a simple cocktail that’s easy to make but will make you look and feel like a total pro.
Everyone knows that in the world of cocktails nothing beats a good Margarita. Unless of course you top it with some Grand Marnier and make it a Cadillac! Looking for more delicious cocktails to try? How about Rum Punch or a Blue Lagoon Cocktail?
I was hooked after savoring my first Cadillac Margarita in my early 20s. This was my first experience into the world of high class cocktails and it was marvelous. It tasted like the margaritas I was used to, only much, much better. The bittersweet orange flavor along with the warm and woodsy cognac took that simple lime and tequila over the top.
Since then, Grand Marnier has been a top favorite flavor of mine. On Disney Cruise Line there is a dessert served in the main dining called Grand Marnier souffle. It was by far the best dessert I’d ever had, and our server would make sure I had one ready for me every night.
The cocktail is a lot easier to make than a souffle, which is why it’s the recipe I’m sharing with you today!
Why is it called a Cadillac Margarita?
This cocktail uses top shelf liquor, earning it the title “Cadillac.” While it’s quite a simple drink with only 3 ingredients, they are high quality.
What is the best type of Tequila for a Margarita?
A regular Margarita uses tequila blanco, or “new” tequila, while a Cadillac Margarita is more nuanced and calls for a higher quality tequila reposado that has been aged for longer than two months. It’s more expensive than the blanco or silver tequilas, so try and find a mid-range priced brand like Patron or Herradura. Reposado will range in price from $20-100 for a 750mL bottle.
Grand Marnier or Cointreau?
Grand Marnier is a sweet orange liqueur that blends cognac, bitter orange and sugar. It is aged with a high quality brandy cognac.
Cointreau is a brand of triple-sec that uses a mixture of sweet and bitter orange peels and sugar beet alcohol. It is not aged and the flavor is not as intense.
Overall, Grand Marnier is fancier than Cointreau, with a more intense flavor. While one can be swapped for the other, Grand Mariner is the only way to make a proper Cadillac Margarita, in my opinion, for the more nuanced, intense flavor it brings to the cocktail.
How to Make a Cadillac Margarita
- Grab your glasses. You can use any cocktail glass you like, but a high class drink deserves a high class vessel and I love to use these coupe glasses.
- Wet the rim of the glass with a lime wedge and dip gently in coarse salt.
- Add reposado tequila, grand marnier, and lime juice to a cocktail shaker filled with ice and give it a good shake.
- Strain into a glass filled with ice. Garnish with a lime if you want.
Recipe Tips and Tricks for the Best Cadillac Margarita
- For the best Cadillac Margarita, get the best quality tequila you can afford.
- Skip the Cointreau and go for the Grand Marnier. It’s clearly the better booze in this situation.
- If you want to be super fancy, save the Grand Marnier til the end and pour it on top of the tequila and lime juice in the glass. It will look pretty in the glass and will make you look like a pro.
More Delicious Cocktails to Try
- 1 1/2 ounces premium reposado tequila Patron or Herradura
- 1 ounce Grand Marnier or Cointreau
- 3/4 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
- Coarse salt
- Lime wheel or wedge
- 1/2 ounce agave syrup or simple syrup optional
- Use a lime wedge to wet the rim of a cocktail glass, then roll it in a plate of coarse salt.
- Pour the tequila, Grand Marnier, and lime juice into a cocktail shaker filled with ice cubes. Shake well.
- Strain into the prepared cocktail glass filled with ice. Garnish with a lime wheel if desired.