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A classic Cadillac Margarita is delicious, and feels just as fancy as the name sounds. It’s a simple drink made with top shelf tequila and topped Grand Marnier liqueur for an easy to make cocktail that 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 Margarita! 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 flavor took that simple lime and tequila over the top.
Since then, Grand Marnier has been a top favorite flavor of mine, from cocktails to this Grand Marnier souffle dessert. The cocktail is a lot easier to make than a souffle, so let’s make Cadillac Margaritas!
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.
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. Both are derived from the blue agave plant.
Reposado is more expensive than agave tequila or silver tequila, 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.
Ordering this drink at a bar? Ask the bartender for their recommendation.
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.