The Ultimate Premium Cadillac Margarita Recipe

LAST UPDATED: Apr 28, 2021 | PUBLISHED: Apr 03, 2020 | By:

Love a classic margarita? Then you’re going to love this smooth, premium margarita with a surprising burst of sweet orange flavor from the addition of Grand Marnier.

A Cadillac Margarita garnished with an orange slice.

Can we just fast forward to Cinco de Mayo? No? Well, I just might pretend. Regardless, it’s a great time to kick back, relax and enjoy a Cadillac Margarita from the comfort of your own home.

If you haven’t noticed from my Skinny Margarita, Classic Homemade Margarita and array of flavored margaritas like Apple Cider Margaritas, Mango or Watermelon, I’m margarita obsessed! Want to spice up your life? Try my jalapeno margarita recipe or this Mint Margarita!

In fact, I’ve even published a complete guide to making the BEST margaritas – with every margarita recipe I have! Don’t miss it!

Copper shaker after pouring a cadillac margarita recipe into a clear glass.

PS… there’s no time like the present to whip up your own Margarita Mix so you’re always prepared! I promise it’s the only margarita mix you’ll ever need.

This margarita recipe is made with the best ingredients! Skip the Triple Sec – this margarita deserves so much more! Premium ingredients are what sets a cadillac margarita apart from the rest.

Cocktail ingredients lined up for a cadillac drink.

What is a Cadillac Margarita?

First up, I wanted to share a little detail about a Cadillac marg. If you’ve never had one, I sure hope you’ll give this one a try!

The name Cadillac simply implies that the ingredients are top shelf, or top of the line… it’s the “cadillac” of all margaritas. It’s the premium liquors that change the entire feel of this cocktail! Whereas a classic margarita uses triple sec, this Cadillac drink uses Grand Marnier.

Even more special, this premium cadillac margarita recipe uses a float, which is a fun cocktail technique I think you’ll enjoy. Read on for all the details!


Cadillac Drink Ingredients

  • Tequila – A high quality top shelf aged reposado tequila is what makes this tequila cocktail stand above the rest. You can always use a silver tequila if you prefer, but either way, I recommend 100% agave.
  • Lime Juice – Fresh squeezed lime juice or purchased in the produce or juice section in the grocery store. Avoid “lime juice” in the liquor aisle as it has a lot of additives. Fresh squeezed is a game changer in an authentic, flavorful margarita.
  • Simple Syrup – Simple syrup is made by combining sugar and water over heat. It’s simple to make at home or you can purchase in the liquor aisle of your grocer. Combined with lime juice you have a fresh sweet and sour mix that is perfectly balanced.
  • Grand Marnier – Cognac based orange liqueur takes the Cadillac Margarita over the top!
  • Crushed Ice – This is my secret ingredient. It melts just a touch to make a margarita less tart. Of course you can always serve your margarita on the rocks with larger ice cubes if you prefer.
  • Orange Slice – A fresh orange slice makes a great garnish.
A Cadillac Margarita garnished with an orange slice.

How to Make a Cadillac Margarita

  1. Rim a glass with lime juice or simple syrup and salt.Copper shake set up with ingredients for a cadillac drink.
  2. Add crushed ice to your glasses.
  3. In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine tequila, lime juice, and simple syrup.Looking at ice inside a cocktail shaker. Copper shake set up with ingredients for a cadillac drink. copper shaker with a hand pouring a shot into it.
  4. Strain into glasses with salted rims over ice.Copper shaker pouring a cadillac margarita recipe into a clear glass.
  5. Finally, you’ll add your shot of Grand Marnier as a floater on top. (Learn more about the float below!)Copper shot measuring tool pouring a cadillac margarita recipe into a clear glass.

Tips

  • Use a good quality tequila! A Cadillac margarita shines with premium ingredients.
  • Fresh lime juice is also extremely important.
  • Don’t skip the float! It’s what makes this margarita recipe unique.

The Best Tequila for a Margarita

I can guarantee that the answer to this question is certainly up for debate! However, I do have a few recommendations based on my own years of margarita-drinking experience.

  • Try a Blanco (also known as silver) tequila. These aren’t aged so they have a lot of agave flavor! Patron Silver would be a great option here!
  • Reposado is another type of tequila that works well for your cocktails. It’s aged in oak barrels… just like all my favorite wines! 
  • Añejo tequila is also aged, but it takes it even further than Reposado, turning the tequila into a richer, amber color. 

Ideally, your margarita should not ever be overly sweet, as this takes away the flavor of the tequila and other ingredients. Allow the fresh, wholesome ingredients to shine! 

A Cadillac Margarita garnished with an orange slice.

Why Use Crushed Ice in a Margarita

Ice is a critical choice in any margarita. Again, opinions will vary in this department. Personally, I am a fan of crushed ice in margaritas.

Many people feel that solid ice is best because it won’t melt as fast. I disagree- I love that the crushed ice will add the perfect amount of water to a strong margarita, making the tequila just a touch more palatable.

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Copper shot measuring tool pouring a cadillac margarita recipe into a clear glass.

Why Use a Floater in a Cadillac Margarita

This particular margarita features a float of Grand Marnier. A float is very simply a layer of alcohol on the top of a cocktail, without mixing it into the drink.

The float of Grand Marnier is what creates a completely unique Cadillac margarita! In this recipe, that initial burst of sweet orange liqueur is what takes this margarita over the top. Give it a try!

A Cadillac Margarita garnished with an orange slice.

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Marble surface, clear glass full of cadillac margarita garnished with orange slice.

Cadillac Margarita

Author: Julie Blanner
Love a classic margarita? Then you're going to love this smooth, premium margarita with a surprising burst of sweet orange flavor from the addition of Grand Marnier.
5 from 12 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course Drinks
Cuisine American, Mexican
Servings 2
Calories 275 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 3 ounces tequila Premium
  • 3 ounces lime juice fresh squeezed
  • 2 ounces simple syrup
  • 2 ounces Grand Marnier
  • crushed ice
  • 1 orange slice for garnish

Instructions
 

  • Add crushed ice to a salted glass.
  • Shake tequila, lime juice, and simple syrup.
  • Pour over crushed ice into a salt rimmed glass.
  • Float the Grand Marnier on top of margarita.

Notes

  • Use a good quality tequila! A Cadillac margarita shines with premium ingredients.
  • Fresh lime juice is also extremely important.
  • Don’t skip the float! It’s what makes this margarita recipe unique.

Nutrition

Calories:275kcalCarbohydrates:34gProtein:1gFat:1gSaturated Fat:1gSodium:20mgPotassium:68mgFiber:1gSugar:31gVitamin C:16mgCalcium:6mgIron:1mg
5 from 12 votes
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