Cadillac Margaritas

Cadillac Margaritas have a richer flavor, slightly sweeter, and are typically made with reposado tequila and Grand Marnier instead of the usual triple sec. The key to a good margarita IMO is the lime base used for the cocktail. For years we used to hand squeeze limes to make these, and then we discovered how to get the same taste by using Minute Maid Limeade instead. Now I always keep a few of the frozen concentrate containers in my freezer.

Do not even think about switching to use a pre-packaged “margarita” mix for this recipe; they are all too sour and acidic IMO. The resulting margarita, while you may like it, would be a completely different drink.

  • 1 can of Minute Maid Premium Limeade, Frozen Concentrate 12 oz
  • Grand Marnier
  • Tequila – we use Jose Cuervo Gold, but on fancy days we might swap in Casamigos Tequila Reposado 
  • Lime wedges – optional
  • Make the limeade in a pitcher – only add 3 cans of water, this is critical. Do NOT follow the directions on the back of the can. If you do, the limeade will be too diluted and will make a really really poor substitute for fresh limes & simple syrup.
  • We drink our margaritas on the rocks but there is no reason you couldn’t make these frozen. The ratio to keep in mind is 1 part tequila, 1 part Gran Marnier and 2 parts limeade (add more limeade to make it less strong).
  • For a single drink, fill white wine glass 3/4 with ice, or lowball glass 1/2 with ice (add more ice later if room)
  • Add 1 shot of tequila and 1 shot of Gran Marnier
  • Top the glass off with the limeade – goal being that the drink should be at least 50% limeade
  • Add a wedge of fresh lime for color and flavor.
  • For making a large batch you can use the limeade can as your unit of measure and add 1 can tequila, 1 can Gran Marnier and then 2 cans of the prepared limeade.

These drinks pack quite the punch. I do not recommend signing legal documents, making important decisions or driving after having more than two.

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