The Cadillac Margarita Deserves Only the Best Tequila

Cadillac Margarita
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  • Total: 3 mins
  • Prep: 3 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 1 serving

Are you ready for the "Cadillac" of margaritas? This cocktail recipe is simple, but there is no skimping on any of the ingredients. If you want to pull off the proper Cadillac margarita, you will need to go top shelf for your tequila and make sure it's a well-aged reposado.

You will also need to skip the white orange liqueurs like triple sec and even Cointreau. Instead, this one deserves the cognac-based Grand Marnier. The final ingredient is just as important, so be sure to go with fresh-squeezed lime juice.

It's a very simple drink formula and, in reality, is little more than an upgrade of every ingredient found in the standard freshly prepared margarita. Yet, despite its simplicity, the Cadillac margarita is one of the best tequila cocktails you can mix up.


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  • Optional for glass rim: salt
  • 1 1/2 ounces premium reposado tequila
  • 1 ounce Grand Marnier orange liqueur
  • 3/4 ounce fresh lime juice

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Margarita ingredients
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  2. Salted margarita glass
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  3. Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice cubes.

  4. Strain into the prepared cocktail glass.

    Cadillac Margarita cocktail
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  5. Enjoy!


  • You can also serve this margarita on the rocks. Simply strain the cocktail over fresh ice into an old-fashioned or margarita glass.

Choosing the Best Tequila

Taste is subjective and everybody has their own idea of what they consider the "best" tequila. We also have to consider personal budgets. For some people, a $20 bottle of tequila may be a luxury, where others might consider top-shelf to be in the $50 range.

With those considerations, we'll simply suggest that you pour the premium tequila that is a luxury to you. Not the definition of your neighbor or co-worker, but you. After all, you're the one drinking the Cadillac margarita, so you should enjoy it.

That said, today's tequila market is completely different than it was just 10 years ago. Over the last two decades, we have seen a countless number of truly high-end tequilas released to the market. This is no longer the world where Jose Cuervo Gold is your only option and Patron is considered the best you could buy.

No, tequila has evolved and deserves to be revisited by every drinker who once shunned it. Tequilas made with 100% blue Weber agave are now the norm and great aged tequilas are changing perceptions all over the world. There is no need to stick with the tried and true when there are many great options to explore.

Go out there and pick up a bottle of tequila you've never heard of. Don't be afraid of spending an extra $10 on an upgrade, you'll drink better and live up to the theory of "quality over quantity." Drinking is an experience and tequila has grown up, we can all take advantage of that.

Among the tequilas that we can recommend for this cocktail are Tezon and Corazon. Both brands are from Los Altos region of Jalisco, Mexico where the tequilas are often richer and smoother. Beyond those, we would also recommend Casamigos, Milagro and Dos Lunas. For easy-to-find tequilas, give Don Eduardo and Tequila Herradura a shot.

The beauty of all of these tequilas? Not one of them go over that $50 price point that turns liquor into an unaffordable luxury for the majority of us.

How Strong Is the Cadillac Margarita?

In general, the margarita is not a light cocktail. You have to remember that it's made mostly of liquor and that Grand Marnier is 80-proof, the same strength as the average tequila. In the proportions given in the recipe above, the Cadillac margarita has an alcohol content of around 27 percent ABV (54 proof).