The Cadillac Margarita Cocktail is an elegant and sophisticated version of the classic margarita. Simple, high-quality ingredients are what makes this particular cocktail a winner. Like a Cadillac, this classy drink relies only on premium ingredients to make it one of a kind.
Throw out your pre-made margarita mix, water your plants with your generic tequila, and prepare to up your game and amaze any margarita aficionado who drops by. Ok, I’m not actually asking you to dump your generic tequila. I’m simply trying to convey what a difference these premium-quality ingredients can make in this Cadillac Margarita.
The tequila you select should be 100% blue agave, either a reposado or añejo. Ideally, the nicest you can afford. Many margarita aficionados usually go with a mellow reposado, but I personally love the different characteristics that can come through with an añejo. That and I’m sampling the merchandise as I go. For the cocktail pictures, I used Avion Añejo.
Grand Marnier is the perfect orange liqueur for margarita cocktails. This will also serve as your base sweetener while keeping the taste balanced. Acceptable substitutes include Cointreau or Grand Imperial.
If you like your cocktails on the sweeter side, add a 1/2 teaspoon of agave syrup at a time during the mixing process to slowly figure out where your ideal tasting point is.
I’ve taken to only salting half the rim these days – I enjoy the alternative aesthetic and sometimes I want to choose between salt or no salt with different sips. I’ve also never thoroughly cleaned a salted rim in my drinking. There’s nothing wrong with a full rim or no rim at all if that’s your style.
To wet the glass to get salt to stick, I like to use one of the squeezed lime wedges before composting it to get an extra use out of the lime.
Table of Contents
Cadillac Margarita Cocktail
- 3 oz Tequila Reposado or Añejo
- 1 oz Grand Marnier
- 1 oz Lime juice Freshly squeezed
- Course salt For salting the rim
- Agave syrup To taste, 1/2 oz at a time
- 1 slice Orange For garnish
- Run a squeezed lime wedge around half the rim. Dip the rim in course salt.
- Fill a shaker halfway with ice. Add tequila, Grand Marnier, and lime juice. Add agave if you want it sweeter.
- Shake vigorously and strain into a margarita glass. Garnish with an orange slice.
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