Cadillac Margarita Cocktail Recipe

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The Cadillac Margarita Cocktail is an elegant and sophisticated craft version of the classic margarita. Using the finest ingredients, complexity and depth can be appreciated by both the casual margarita drinker and tequila connoisseur alike. Easy to make and versatile, this is a great go-to for anytime you’re craving something like a margarita.

Cadillac margarita cocktail recipe

Throw out your pre-made margarita mix, water your plants with your generic blanco 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 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 ArteNOM 1414.

For more classic and unique tequila-based cocktail recipe ideas, try making this Passion Fruit Margarita or Rosemary Paloma.

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.

Cadillac margarita cocktail recipe
Experimenting with variations of garnish and aesthetics, same cadillac margarita.

Another alternative is to use tajin, as pictured, to decorate the glass with. For the uninitiated, tajin is a little salty, a little citrus, and a little spice. It is also great on watermelon, mango, and avocado. You can find it either with the regular spices or right next to the margarita rock salt.

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.

Cadillac Margarita Cocktail

Michael Kahn
Simple and refined, using tequila, Grand Marnier, and agave syrup, the Cadillac Margarita Cocktail is a more sophisticated version of the classic margarita, with added depth and complexity.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Cocktail
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 1 cocktail
Calories 335 kcal


  • 3 oz Tequila Reposado or Añejo
  • 1 oz Grand Marnier
  • 3/4 oz Lime juice Freshly squeezed
  • Course salt For salting the rim
  • 1/2 oz Agave syrup Add another splash if you like your drink sweeter.
  • 1 slice Lime 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, lime juice, and agave syrup.
  • Shake vigorously and strain into a margarita glass. Garnish with a lime slice.
  • Salud!


Serving: 1cocktailCalories: 335kcalCarbohydrates: 22gProtein: 0.2gFat: 0.2gSaturated Fat: 0.03gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.03gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.01gSodium: 43mgPotassium: 43mgFiber: 0.3gSugar: 19gVitamin A: 14IUVitamin C: 11mgCalcium: 6mgIron: 0.1mg
Keyword Grand Marnier, tequila
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