Margaritas

Cadillac Margarita

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Prep Time 5 minutes
Servings 2 servings

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Super smooth, fresh, and tangy, this Cadillac margarita lives up to its luxurious name in taste, appearance, and decadence. 

Side view of classic margarita glass with Cadillac Margarita neat lined with flaky sea salt and a small slice of lime with a metal shaker and small vase with two orange flowers in the background and a wooden cutting board with sliced limes in the foreground.

Cadillac Margarita Recipe

It’s no secret that we love a good margarita around here, so naturally, we wanted to have a Cadillac margarita on file for those super special occasions that deserve a trip to the top shelf. With top-of-the-line ingredients and fresh lime juice shaken until chilled and then served neat with a classic, flaky sea salt rim, this recipe is equal parts delicious and luxurious.

The Cadillac Margarita is believed to have originated at the legendary Cadillac Bar in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico. Wolfgang Puck was one of the first chefs to present a premium margarita at his restaurant, Spago, in Los Angeles, thus setting the trend for luxury margs. This elite beverage is made with top-shelf ingredients, such as Grand Marnier and reposado tequila. 

Top down view of Cadillac Margarita on a gray and white marble surface with a metal shaker, wooden cutting board with sliced limes, and orange flowers on the table.

A margarita, by definition, is a cocktail made with tequila, orange liqueur, and lime juice. A Cadillac margarita is the most premium variation of the cocktail that uses top-shelf liquor (including Grand Marnier and reposado tequila).

Cadillac is a luxury brand of cars, and the Cadillac margarita is aptly coined as the luxury version of margaritas. 

Ingredients for Cadillac Margarita

Top down view of Cadillac Margarita ingredients.

To make 2 servings, you’ll need:

  • ½ cup of reposado tequila 
  • ¼ cup of Grand Marnier
  • ¼ cup of lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon of agave

Ingredient Modifications

  • Use any premium tequila. We chose Camarena Reposado Tequila for this recipe, but you can substitute it for any premium tequila of your choice!
  • Make a mocktail version. To enjoy this Cadillac Margarita as a mocktail, try a non-alcoholic tequila spirit with Pure Grand Marnier Extract, fresh lime juice, and agave. 

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How to Make a Cadillac Margarita 

Here’s how to make your Cadillac Margarita (served neat): 

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  1. Add ingredients and shake. Add all of the ingredients to a shaker and fill with ice. Shake the shaker until your ingredients are chilled. *If you’re making a pitcher, add all of your ingredients to a mason jar or pitcher and stir to combine. Then chill in the fridge for at least 2 hours.
  2. Salt the rim. Using a lime wedge or some of the margarita mixture, line the edge of your margarita glass, then dip in a shallow saucer with flaky sea salt to salt the rim. Be careful not to get too much salt on the inside of the rim. Check out this article for tips, tricks, and variations of how to salt your margarita glass.  
  3. Pour and enjoy! Pour the margarita directly into the glass, garnish with a slice of lime, cheers, and enjoy!

Pro-tip: To keep your Cadillac Margarita extra cool, chill your margarita glasses before salting the rim and pouring your drink. 

Cadillac Margarita Pitcher Recipe

To make a pitcher, you’ll need:

  • 2 cups reposado tequila
  • 1 cup Grand Marnier
  • 1 cup lime juice
  • ¼ cup agave

You can scale up or down using the following ratio for your margarita:

  • 2 parts tequila
  • 1 part Grand Marnier
  • 1 part lime juice
  • ¼ agave (more of less for sweetness)
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Q How to Salt the Rim of a Glass
A

Here’s how you’ll salt the rim of your glass:

  1. Use a lime wedge or some of your margarita mix to coat the rim of your margarita glass. 
  2. Add a couple tablespoons of salt to a saucer (we love flaky sea salt for this recipe). Tilt your glass and dip the outside edge of the glass into the salt. Rotate to coat the outside edge, making sure you don’t get too much salt on the inside of the glass that would get into your drink. 
  3. Pour your margarita into the glass. 
Q Can you serve this Cadillac Margarita on the rocks?
A

Absolutely! If you prefer your margarita on the rocks, simply add ice (carefully) to your glass after salting the rim and enjoy!

Q Cadillac Margarita Calories
A

A single serving of this Cadillac Margarita has approximately 60 calories. 

Q How many grams of sugar are in a Cadillac Margarita?
A

There are approximately 8 grams of sugar in a single serving. 

Q Is Grand Marnier or Cointreau better for margaritas?
A

Grand Marnier is an orange liqueur that is a blend of cognac and triple sec made with distilled bitter orange essence, cognac, and sugar that is amber in color. Cointreau is a type of triple sec that is clear in color and made from sweet and bitter orange peels. Both are orange liqueurs, but add slightly different flavors to margaritas. Cointreau is lighter in flavor and has a straightforward sweet, orange flavor, while Grand Marnier has a darker flavor with notes of vanilla and oak. So which one is better for margaritas? It depends on what you’re looking for! We love Grand Marnier for this classic Cadillac marg. 

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Cadillac Margarita

By: Cassy Joy Garcia
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Prep Time: 5 mins
Servings: 2 servings
Super smooth, fresh, and tangy, this Cadillac margarita lives up to its luxurious name in taste, appearance, and decadence.

Ingredients  

To make 2 servings:

  • 1/2 cup reposado tequila (or top-shelf tequila of choice)
  • 1/4 cup Grand Marnier
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon agave

To make a pitcher:

  • 2 cups reposado tequila (or top-shelf tequila of choice)
  • 1 cup Grand Marnier
  • 1 cup lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup agave

Instructions

  • Add all of the ingredients to a shaker and fill with ice. Shake the shaker until your ingredients are chilled. *If you’re making a pitcher, add all of your ingredients to a mason jar or pitcher and shake or stir to combine. Then chill in the fridge for at least 2 hours.
  • Using a lime wedge or some of the margarita mix, line the edge of your margarita glass, then dip in a shallow saucer with flaky sea salt to salt the rim. Be careful not to get too much salt on the inside of the rim.
  • Pour the margarita directly into the glass, garnish with a slice of lime, cheers, and enjoy!

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts
Cadillac Margarita
Amount per Serving
Calories
120
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
0.1
g
0
%
Sodium
 
1.4
mg
0
%
Carbohydrates
 
10.5
g
4
%
Fiber
 
0.1
g
0
%
Sugar
 
7.6
g
8
%
Protein
 
0.1
g
0
%
Vitamin C
 
12
mg
15
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Recipe Notes

You can scale up or down using the following ratio for your margarita:
  • 2 parts tequila
  • 1 part Grand Marnier
  • 1 part lime juice
  • ¼ agave (more of less for sweetness)
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Cassy Joy Garcia

HOWDY! I’m Cassy Joy and I am just so happy you’re here. I’m the founder, Editor-in-Chief, and Nutrition Consultant here at Fed and Fit. What started as a food blog back in 2011 has evolved now into so much more.
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