The ultimate cadillac margarita recipe! What makes it an ultimate? The premium ingredients, of course!! And the mixing! I can attest that it is the best margarita ever!
This post contains affiliate links, which means I get a small commission if you click the link and buy something. You can read my disclosure here.
This is my number one recipe on the blog. I originally made it 5 months into blogging and have updated some photos back in early 2017, but wanted to do a revamp since this truly is the best margarita I’ve ever had.
The History of my Cadillac Margarita
This is the ultimate Cadillac margarita! Well, my version of it. Here’s the thing. When I worked at that Mexican restaurant all those years ago, this was the best margarita that you could purchase. It had premium ingredients and it came with a side shot of Grand Marnier.
The above photo shows the empty side shot. I floated it in the cocktail, although it didn’t stay afloat. It delicately slinks down into the drink and if you stir the Cadillac margarita, it will produce a more golden drink!
I used to have the original restaurant glassware that this delish drink was served in but the glass was thin and as we’ve moved multiple times, it got broken somewhere along the line.
Okay, so what were those premium ingredients? The restaurant used Cuervo 1800 tequila, triple sec and sweet and sour mix, with the above mentioned side shot of Grand Marnier. The reason they sent it to you on the side was to give you the choice of either pouring it into your drink or doing it as a shooter. Most people poured it into their drinks.
These truly were the best margaritas of their time. And I see that although that Mexican restaurant is no longer represented here on the east coast, they are still prevalent on the west coast. And they still serve this cocktail, although a different version of it.
Enough about the past. Now for the present. On to the recipe:
For many years I have taken my margaritas up a notch in the quality of ingredients. My favorite tequila, thus far, is Patron Silver. If you like tequila, you have to try this brand. I’ve had lots of different tequilas over the years but I keep coming back to this one. Why? It is so smooth. You can do a shot of this tequila and not have to eat the lime after. It’s that good.
The Cadillac Margarita Ingredients and the Mixing
I absolutely love the packaging on the Patron Silver tequila. It comes in a green box, with green tissue paper (you can see the green box in the background). Each bottle is hand blown and has a handwritten number on it with a person’s initials, though I’m not sure if that person would have made the bottle or packaged the tequila. Either way, I consider him/her a dear friend.
I use Cointreau instead of triple sec because it is a higher quality liqueur. You just have to do a side by side sniff/taste test for yourself to judge the difference. Besides, this is a Cadillac margarita – so the ingredients should be top shelf.
I use 4 ounces of fresh lime juice, which translated to 2 1/2 limes. I also use simple syrup and together these ingredients constitute the sweet and sour of this recipe.
And last but not least, the Grand Marnier. I love this liqueur. It is made with cognac and orange. Delish!
Okay, time to make the Cadillac Margarita.
I grab my shaker and fill it 3/4 way with ice.
Since I’m making 2 Cadillac margaritas, I measure out 4 ounces of tequila.
Into the shaker it goes!
Now for the Cointreau.
I measure out 2 ounces of the Cointreau and pour it into the shaker.
Now to squeeze the limes. Here is the contraption I use.
I measure 4 ounces of lime juice and pour it into the shaker.
Now I measure out 2 ounces of simple syrup. I prefer the 2:1 ratio between the lime and simple syrup, because any more sugar than that, in my humble opinion, makes the drink too sweet. And sweet is for chocolate!
I take two shot glasses and measure out 1 ounce of Grand Mariner per shot glass.
It’s time to salt the glasses.
I wet the rim of the glass with some lime juice, pour some kosher salt on a plate and dip the rim in the salt. I keep the glass upside down for a moment and shake it a little before I place it right side up because I don’t want the salt to fall into the glass. In my opinion, too many bartenders aren’t careful with the salt and that makes for a salty drink. Blech!
I cap my shaker and shake away for 30 seconds!! I stick a few big cubes in the glasses and pour the Cadillac margarita equally between the two glasses. Mustn’t play favorites.
Here are the Cadillac margaritas without the shots poured in.
This photo is with the lime wheels garnishing the sides of the glasses and the Grand Marnier poured in. Gives it a nice glowy look!
Here is the original photo of the Cadillac margarita.
Here’s the vertical view of the Cadillac margarita.
I hope you enjoyed this recipe. I do love my margaritas and there was a time when that was all I would drink when I went out to eat. I have since expanded my horizons.
Please feel free to Pin any photo to Pinterest or Yum the recipe to Yummly. I’d also love to hear what kind of tequila you like and why, so leave me a comment. 🙂
And as always, may all your dishes/drinks be delish!
This ultimate Cadillac margarita is a mixture of premium liquors and delicious because of it! This is the best margarita I've ever had.
- 4 ounces Patron Silver tequila or other brand
- 2 ounce Cointreau or triple sec
- 4 ounces fresh lime juice
- 2 ounce simple syrup
- 2 ounce Grand Marnier divided
Fill your shaker 3/4 full with ice
Add tequila, Cointreau, lime juice and simple syrup
Wet rim of glass with water or lime juice
Dip glass into plate of Kosher salt
Pour 1 ounce of Gran Marnier into each shot glass, set aside
Cap shaker and shake for 30 seconds
Add extra ice to both glasses and pour contents of the shaker equally between the two glasses, being careful not to pour it over the salted rims
Put lime wheels on the rim of the glasses
Set shots of Gran Marnier beside glass of margarita
Pour Gran Marnier into margarita or do it as a shot
Lick some salt off rim