|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 0g||0%|
|Saturated Fat 0g||0%|
|Total Carbohydrate 16g||6%|
|Dietary Fiber 2g||7%|
|Total Sugars 9g|
|Vitamin C 26mg||132%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
Are you ready for the "Cadillac" of margaritas? As the name suggests, this is the ultimate margarita. It's made with top-shelf ingredients, and that's really the only difference between a Cadillac margarita and a regular margarita. With a few simple upgrades, the Cadillac margarita is one of the best tequila cocktails you can mix up. Its golden color only adds to its allure, ensuring it lives up to its namesake's prestige.
If you want to pull off the proper Cadillac margarita, you need the best reposado tequila you can afford. You'll also want to skip the clear orange liqueurs such as triple sec. Instead, this one deserves the cognac-based Grand Marnier. The final ingredient is just as important, so be sure to use fresh-squeezed lime juice.
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"The Cadillac margarita is really just a margarita with expensive ingredients. Reposado tequila is lightly aged, so the cocktail will have a slight amber hue and some oaky vanilla notes. Grand Marnier is a bit softer than Cointreau—the common choice for margaritas, so the cocktail will be more smooth overall." —Tom Macy
1 1/2 ounces premium reposado tequila
1 ounce premium brandy-based orange liqueur
3/4 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
Lime wedge, for optional rim
Coarse salt, for optional rim
Lime wheel or wedge, for garnish
Gather the ingredients.
In a cocktail shaker filled with ice cubes, pour the tequila, orange liqueur, and lime juice.
If you like, rim a chilled margarita or cocktail glass with salt: Use a lime wedge to wet the rim before rolling or dipping it in a tray of coarse salt.
Strain the cocktail into the prepared glass filled with fresh ice.
Garnish with a lime wheel or wedge. Serve and enjoy.
- If the margarita is not quite sweet enough for your taste, add 1 teaspoon of rich (2:1) simple syrup or 1 1/2 teaspoons of 1:1 simple syrup.
What's the Best Tequila for a Cadillac Margarita?
Taste is subjective, and everybody has their own idea of the "best" tequila. Personal budgets are a factor as well. For some people, a $30 bottle of tequila is a luxury, whereas others might consider tequilas over $50 to be top-shelf. The simplest recommendation is to pour the premium tequila that is a luxury to you. After all, you're the one drinking the Cadillac margarita, so you should enjoy it and be comfortable with the amount of money you spend.
How Strong Is the Cadillac Margarita?
In general, the margarita is not a light cocktail because it's made primarily with liquor. Additionally, Grand Marnier is 80 proof, which is the same as the average tequila. With those factors in mind, the Cadillac margarita's alcohol content falls around 27 percent ABV (54 proof), or about half the strength of a straight tequila shot.
What's the Difference Between Grand Marnier and Cointreau?
Grand Marnier and Cointreau are often considered the best brands of orange liqueur. While they're both flavored with the same citrus fruit, 80 proof, and enjoyable on their own, there is a noticeable difference in taste. Grand Marnier has a cognac base and is flavored with bitter orange essence; it's rather sweet but in no way cloying. Cointreau uses a sugar beet alcohol base, is flavored with sweet and bitter orange peels, and is slightly drier and crisper.
What's the Best Salt for Rimming a Margarita?
Avoid fine-grained salts, particularly iodized table salt, when rimming your margarita glass. The crystals are simply too small, get clumpy when wet, and create a very salty cocktail. For a much better drinking experience, choose a coarse salt, such as kosher salt or sea salt flakes. While there are plenty available and the flavors are fun, you don't need a dedicated "margarita" salt; it's often just kosher or sea salt. You can even make your own flavored salts with citrus zest, herbs, and spices.