Cadillac Margarita uses reposado Tequila and Grand Marnier. Add a squeeze of lime. Enjoy the rich smooth flavors of the classic golden cadillac drink.
The Golden Cadillac Margarita is a classic margarita that is simple to make. This drink has a beautiful golden color, and a delicious smooth taste. The golden Cadillac margarita is traditionally made with top shelf ingredients making it a delicious margarita to sip.
The origin of this delicious margarita has different variations. One of the most popular claims to its origins is from the Cadillac Bar in Nuevo Laredo Mexico. This margarita has quickly become a favorite cocktail and a margarita classic.
Premium ingredients make this margarita a smooth mellow cocktail experience.
Cadillac Margarita Recipe:
The Cadillac needs premium ingredients to make it worthy of its name. The proper top shelf tequila blended with the Grand marnier is worth the extra investment.
For the Cadillac you need a rich flavor blend. The ingredients matter in this recipe.
Mixos and Silver tequilas are too harsh for this drink and not recommended.
For this margarita recipe look for a mellower Tequila. Either a good Reposado or Añejo tequila will work.
We chose 1800 reposado tequila. 1800 tequila is a good, affordable tequila label.
Reposado and Añjo Tequilas:
Reposado tequilas are made with 100% blue agave. The distillers age it in french or American oak barrels six months. The aging process mellows the flavors.
Añjo sipping tequilas are aged a year. That gives blue agave tequila an even deeper richer smokier flavor. Añejos are pricey. Enjoy these alone rather than mixed.
The Cadillac Margarita is a Grand Marnier drink. Grand Marnier is a Cognac based spirit that is a blend of cognac and triple sec. It is an orange based liqueur with notes of french vanilla bean, and burnt orange. Grand Marnier has been a delicious treat since it was created in 1827.
Some Cadillac margarita recipes call for cointreau or a cheaper triple sec. Cointreau is a nice alternative to Grand Marnier if you have it on hand. For a Cadillac margarita, cheap triple sec is not the best option.
Grand Marnier has a deep cognac flavor. For the Cadillac choose Grand Marnier.
Pink Cadillac Margarita:
- And 1/2 oz. Cranberry juice in your cocktail shaker.
Blue Cadillac Margarita:
- Add 1 oz. of blue curacao.
NOTE: These variations will have an impact on flavor. You may have to adjust the sweetness to fit your taste.
Here are a few good choices for this classy Margarita.
- 8 oz. old world style with a rich look. Stemless and tapered. Very classy.
- 10.5 oz. Margarita glasses with a more refined profile.
- Rudyard Kipling “Pegu Club” Cocktail coupe Glasses are beautiful and make lovely gifts.
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Golden Cadillac Margarita Recipe with Grand Marnier
A beautifully smooth Margarita with your favorite top shelf reposado tequila, grand marnier and lime. Simple and delicious.
- 1 1/2 oz. Reposado Tequila (we chose 1800 tequila)
- 1 oz. Grand Marnier
- 3/4 oz. fresh lime juice
- (salt for rimming the glass)
- 30 minutes ahead put a margarita glass in the fridge to chill
- Slice a fresh lime in half. Set one half aside.
- Slice a lime wheel from the other half. Now cut the remaining lime into a wedge.
Rim the Glass:
- Pour salt onto a flat plate
- Set the lime wedge onto the glass rim and wet it all around.
- invert the chilled glass into the salt. Set aside.
Make the Cadillac Margarita:
- Fill a cocktail shaker half full of crushed ice.
- Pour in the tequila
- Add Grand Marnier.
- Squeeze in the lime juice.
- Seal and shake the cocktail shaker vigorously until cold. Set aside.
- Fill the Margarita glass with crushed ice.
- Strain the Cadillac margarita over the top of the ice.
Set a lime wheel on the side of the glass.
Pink Cadillac Margarita:
Add 1/2 oz. Cranberry juice into the shaker
Blue Cadillac Margarita:
Add 1 oz. of blue curacao.
Both of these variations will have an impact of flavor. You may have to adjust to fit your taste.
Amount Per Serving Calories 102Total Fat 0gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 1mgCarbohydrates 2gFiber 0gSugar 0gProtein 0g
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