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Cadillac Margarita Recipe

Updated on August 31, 2014

Margarita IBA Standard

The IBA standard for the margarita is 7:4:3

This means:

50% Tequila

29% Cointreau

21% Freshly-Squeezed Lime Juice

Brief History of the Margarita

The margarita is the most well-known alcoholic beverage the best-selling tequila-based cocktail in all of America. Just ask any newly-legal 21 year old - 9 times out of 10 the first adult beverage that they ordered at a restaurant is a margarita, the other 1 out of 10 it's some fizzy beer with little to no taste. Needless to say, I much prefer the margarita.

Legend has it that margaritas originated somewhere around Tijuana, Mexico in the early 20th century. Contrary to popular belief, tequila was not used simply because of the Mexican origins, but because the client for which it was invented was allergic to most other liquors. Another origin story says that the margarita originated in a small bar in Galveston, Texas where the head bartender created a drink for his beloved, a woman named Margarita. Of course, this history of the margarita has been handed down by word of mouth, so there is no real way to tell how it came to be.

Since the first known publication of a margarita recipe in Esquire magazine way back in December of 1953, tons of variations on the classic have appeared. The first recipes called for an ounce of tequila, a little bit of triple sec, and freshly squeezed lemon or lime juice. Over time, the recipes for margaritas evolved - becoming more complicated, using more ingredients, experimenting with different fruit flavors and extracts in addition to the original recipe.

Cadillac Margarita

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Differences in a Cadillac Margarita

So what makes the Cadillac Margarita different than any other margarita?

Cadillac margaritas typically use orange liquor instead of triple sec and sometimes use fresh slices of orange as well. Some places offer the Cadillac Margarita as a sort of "top shelf" cocktail and use higher quality tequila as well as orange liquor.

These margaritas, just like classic margaritas, can be served on ice, frozen, or straight up (with no ice). They can be dressed with salt and lime or orange slices as well.

Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Ready in: 10 min
Yields: Makes 1 large margarita

Cadillac Margarita Instructions

  1. Stir together all ingredients, except for orange slices
  2. Pour the mixture into a mixing cup, add desired amount of ice
  3. Shake for 20 seconds
  4. Strain into cocktail glass

Cadillac Margarita Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 oz Blue Agave Tequila
  • 1 oz Orange Liquor or Cointreau
  • 1/4 cup Lime Juice, Freshly squeezed
  • 1 Orange Slice, Medium
  • Splash Cranberry Juice

Cocktail Mixing Techniques


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