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Step up your margarita game with the Cadillac Margarita: it uses top-shelf tequila and Grand Marnier liqueur to add sophistication and style!

Cadillac margarita

Want a sophisticated spin on the margarita? Try a Cadillac Margarita! Float Grand Marnier on top of your classic margarita and you’ve got the Cadillac. It has a nuanced flavor that will make everyone say, “Wow! What’s in this?” It’s a great way to step up your cocktail game with very little effort. Here’s how to make it!

What’s a Cadillac margarita?

A Cadillac margarita is a version of the classic margarita using premium ingredients: best quality tequila and orange liqueur, with Grand Marnier floated onto the top of the drink. Adding the nuanced, sophisticated Grand Marnier flavor takes this drink over the top. Here are the ingredients you’ll use:

  • Grand Marnier
  • Best quality tequila, reposado if possible
  • Cointreau
  • Lime juice

You’ll pour the Grand Marnier right onto the other ingredients so that it “floats” on top. You’ll notice that this Grand Marnier margarita has no added sugar, just the residual sugars from the orange liqueurs. This drink is perfectly balanced, and pretty irresistible.

Cadillac margarita

All about Grand Marnier

What’s Grand Marnier? It’s a French liqueur that blends Cognac, bitter orange, and sugar. The bottle you’ll typically see is actually called Cordon Rouge: that’s the Grand Marnier brand’s most popular product. What does Grand Marnier taste like? You’ll taste bitter orange and brandy first, then finishing notes of vanilla and oak.

Grand Marnier

Try tequila reposado for a Cadillac margarita

Most standard margarita recipes use tequila blanco (or “new” tequila) has only been aged less than 2 months and has a strong flavor. But for the Cadillac margarita, it’s best with a high quality tequila reposado.

Tequila reposado is aged longer, at least 2 months. We like how it gives the drink even more layers of flavor with notes of caramel, honey, and vanilla. Try to find a mid-price range tequila reposado, as price generally corresponds with quality.

How to make a cadillac margarita

How to make a salt rim

As with any margarita, this Cadillac Margarita is best served with a salt rim! The best type of salt to use for a salt rim is kosher salt or flaky sea salt because of the chunky texture. For a festive look, you can also try colorful Best Margarita Salt — the orange and lime zest makes the glass look beautiful. Here are our tips to making the perfect rim:

  1. Spread the salt on a plate in an even layer.
  2. Take a lime wedge and cut a notch in the middle: then slide it around the rim of the glass. This perfectly moistens the glass rim without having to use your fingers.
  3. To rim the glass, you’ll want the salt on the outside of the glass only, not the inside where it can fall into the drink. To do this, tilt the glass so that only the outside edge goes into the salt.
  4. Shake off any loose salt into the sink.
Cadillac margarita

More great cocktails

This Cadillac Margarita is a knock-out classic! Here are a few more of our refreshing great classic cocktails you might also enjoy:

  • Classic Mojito Here’s a classic mojito recipe, perfectly balanced with lime, rum and fresh mint! This iconic Cuban cocktail is refreshing and just sweet enough.
  • Paloma Cousin of the classic margarita, this easy Mexican cocktail recipe features tequila with grapefruit instead of lime! 
  • Gin and Tonic Here are the keys to the very best gin and tonic, the most refreshing 2-ingredient cocktail! A few secrets take this crisp, botanical drink over the top.
  • Southside Fizz The Southside Fizz is a refreshing cocktail made with mint, lemon, lime, and gin: Tom Collins + a mojito! Top it off with soda water for a sparkle.

When to serve a Cadillac margarita

The Cadillac margarita is a sophisticated, premium margarita! It’s perfect for sipping as a:

  • Happy hour drink
  • Dinner party drink
  • Late night drinks drink
  • Guys or girls night drink
  • Cocktail hour drink
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Cadillac margarita

Cadillac Margarita

  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 1x


Step up your margarita game with the Cadillac Margarita: it uses top-shelf tequila and Grand Marnier liqueur to add sophistication and style!


  • 3 tablespoons (1 ½ ounces) best quality tequila reposado
  • 2 tablespoons (1 ounce) Cointreau
  • 2 tablespoons (1 ounce) fresh lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons (1 ounce) Grand Marnier
  • Kosher salt or flaky sea salt, for the rim
  • For the garnish: Lime wedge


  1. Cut a notch in a lime wedge, then run the lime around the rim of a glass. Dip the edge of the rim into a plate of flaky sea salt (or for a festive look, use our Margarita Salt).
  2. Place tequila, Cointreau and lime juice in a mixing glass and fill with ice. Stir until cold.
  3. Strain the margarita into the glass with the salted rim. Then carefully pour the Grand Marnier onto the top of the drink over an inverted spoon (float it!). Serve immediately.
  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Stirred
  • Cuisine: Cocktail

Keywords: Cadillac Margarita

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Meet Sonja and Alex Overhiser: Husband and wife. Expert home cooks. Authors of recipes you’ll want to make again and again.

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  1. A silver/blanco tequila has not been aged at all. A reposado has been aged for 2 months to a year. An añejo tequila is aged more than a year.

  2. Using Grand Marnier and Cointreau for a Cadillac Margarita is great, bur for a quite surprising good taste, use Mandarine Napoleon instead of the two, or mix to your taste. You may, like I did, get addicted to it.
    Happy Cinco De Mayo ! ……….. Oh ! No ! That’s when the Mexicans did throw the French out ! LOL !