Grand Marnier® Makes A Great Margarita

Grand Marnier® Cordon Rouge

Grand Marnier®

A Wonderful Liqueur

Grand Marnier® Cordon Rouge, created in 1880 by Alexandre Marnier-Lapostolle, is a delicious orange-flavored liqueur. This delightful concoction is a complex combination of Cognac, the essence of bitter oranges, and sugar. These ingredients provide the aficionado's palate with joy and a reason to use Grand Marnier®  as an upgrade for Triple Sec.

Additionally, because the "bitter orange" taste goes well in margaritas, this liqueur is usually the main ingredient in a Cadillac Margarita.

Enjoying Grand Marnier® Cordon Rouge

There are many ways one may enjoy this wonderful libation. Many people consume Grand Marnier® Cordon Rouge "neat" (room temperature).

We polled recent graduates from Riverside Bartending School, and they seemed to favor it shaken. Consequently, we often suggest that this liqueur served shaken. Perfectly shaken, the process adds about 23% ice-cold water to the mix. Therefore much of the "80 proof bite" is reduced.

How to Make a Cadillac Margarita Using Grand Marnier®

Cadillac Margarita
Prep Time
5 mins
Total Time
5 mins
File Under: Dessert, Drinks
Keyword: Cadillac Margarita, Grand Marnier, Margarita, Tequila, Top Shelf
Servings: 1
Calories: 365 kcal
  • 2 oz Tequila Top Shelf
  • 1.5 oz Fresh Squeezed Lime Juice Approx 2 Limes
  • 1 oz Grand Marnier®
  • 1.5 cups Ice Cubes
  • Lime Slice
  • Coarse Kosher Salt
  1. Run the lime slice around the rim of a margarita glass and then press the rim into a saucer of coarse kosher salt to create the salt rim.

  2. Remove the ice from your ice tray, and place it in a cocktail shaker along with the other ingredients. 

    Ice Tray that keeps the freezer smells form contaminating the ice cubes and making your Cadillac Margarita taste not so top shelf.
  3. Shake the mixture until condensation beads form on the outside of the shaker

    OXO Cocktail Shaker
  4. Strain the mixture into the glass. 

    Use the OXO Cocktail Strainer to keep pulp and debris from getting into your drinks.
  5. Garnish with a lime wedge and serve.

    cadillac margarita garnished with lime
Pro Bartender Tip

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a very nice and easy to use steel strainer;
and, a very handy steel double jigger from the folks at OXO on Amazon.

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