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Cadillac Margaritas

Margarita lovers who fancy themselves connoisseurs of the classic cocktail might be ready for a tasty upgrade: the Cadillac margarita. A classic margarita is made with young silver (blanco) tequila and Triple Sec orange liqueur, but for the Cadillac of margaritas, only premium spirits will do!

What is a Cadillac margarita?

Simply put, the spirits in a Cadillac margarita have all been upgraded. You’ll need reposado tequila, which is aged in oak whiskey barrels for anywhere from 2 to 12 months. The orange liqueur is swapped out, too, for Grand Marnier, a decadent cognac flavored with bitter orange. The result is a margarita with a deep, beautiful flavor with hints of caramel and vanilla. It’s like no margarita you’ve had before.

Find more ways to upgrade a traditional margarita.

Cadillac Margarita Ingredients

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  • Tequila: Choose only the best tequila for this cocktail. Look for aged reposado tequila. We recommend Espolón, which is aged in new oak barrels, or long-aged Clase Azul.
  • Grand Marnier: Most margarita recipes use a type of orange liquor like Triple Sec or Cointreau, but Grand Marnier is saved for upscale cocktails. Buy it from the store, or make Grand Marnier at home.
  • Citrus juice: Squeeze the lemon and lime juice fresh for the best flavor and aroma.
  • Superfine sugar: This type of sugar dissolves more easily in no-cook recipes, like cocktails. No one enjoys sipping on a smooth cocktail and suddenly getting a crunch of a hard granulated sugar crystal.

Directions
Step 1: Create the base

In your favorite pitcher, combine the tequila, Grand Marnier, lime juice, lemon juice and superfine sugar. Stir everything together until the superfine sugar is dissolved.

Step 2: Prepare the glasses

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Take out four cocktail glasses. Moisten the rims of the glasses with the four lime wedges. Sprinkle the salt on a plate, and dip the rims in the salt.  Finally, fill the glasses with the ice.

Editor’s Tip: You can salt either half of the rim or the full rim—it’s up to you and your guests’ preferences!

Step 3: Pour and serve

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Pour the Cadillac margarita evenly into the four glasses.

Editor’s Tip: We like to finish the drinks with fresh citrus wedges or dehydrated citrus wheels.

Recipe Variations

  • Make a frozen margarita: Prefer a blended marg over one on the rocks? We got you! In a blender, combine the tequila, Grand Marnier, lime juice, lemon juice, sugar and 2 cups ice. Cover and process until smooth.
  • Use different citrus juices: Instead of lemon or lime juice, use fresh orange or blood orange juice instead. The oranges pair well with the Grand Marnier, and we love their gorgeous hues!
  • Line with a Tajin rim: Are you a spicy margarita lover? Switch out the salt rim for a Tajin rim.

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