This recipe is for the "Cadillac" of Margaritas because there is no skimping on any of the ingredients. If you are to pull off the proper Cadillac Margarita, you will need to go to the top shelf for your tequila and make sure it's a well-aged reposado.
You will also need to skip the white orange liqueurs like triple sec and even Cointreau. Instead, this one deserves the cognac-based Grand Marnier. The next tip is to go with fresh-squeezed lime juice.
With this formula - premium reposado tequila, Grand Marnier, fresh lime - you will have the ultimate Cadillac Margarita.
- If you like, rim a chilled cocktail glass with salt.
- Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice cubes.
- Shake well.
- Strain into the prepared cocktail glass.
If you like, strain this margarita over fresh ice into an old-fashioned or margarita glass.
Choosing the Best Tequila
Taste is subjective and what one person considers the 'best' tequila is not going to be the same as yours or mine. We also have to consider personal budgets and to you, a $20 bottle of tequila may be a luxury, where I might consider top-shelf to be in the $50 range.
With those considerations, I'm going to suggest that you use the premium tequila that is a luxury to you. Not the definition of your neighbor or co-worker, but you. After all, you're the one drinking the Cadillac Margarita, so you should enjoy it.
All that said, I do have an opinion because I love tequila and have been doing my best to dispel many of the myths about it.
Today's tequila market is completely different than it was just 10 years ago. Over the last two decades, we have seen a countless number of truly high-end tequilas released to the market. This is no longer the world where Jose Cuervo Gold is your only option and Patron is considered the absolute best you could buy.
No, my friends, tequila has evolved and deserves to be revisited by every drinker who once shunned it. Tequilas made with 100% blue Weber agave are now the norm and great aged tequilas are changing perceptions all over the world. There is no need to stick with the tried and true when there are many great tequilas to explore.
Go out there and pick up a bottle of tequila you've never heard of. Don't be afraid of spending an extra $10 on an upgrade, you'll drink better and live up to today's standards of 'quality over quantity.' Drinking is an experience and tequila has grown up.
What would I pour into my Cadillac Margarita? Of course, I have my personal favorites and among them are Tezon and Corazon. Both brands are from Los Altos region of Jalisco, Mexico where the tequilas are often richer and smoother and the reposado of each brand is a personal favorite.
The beauty of all of these tequilas I've mentioned? None of them go over that $50 price point that turns tequila into an unaffordable luxury.
How Strong is the Cadillac Margarita?
The Margarita is not a light cocktail. You have to remember that it's made mostly of liquor and that Grand Marnier is 80-proof, the same strength as the average tequila. In the proportions given in the recipe above, the Cadillac Margarita has an alcohol content of around 27% ABV (54 proof).