Cadillac Margarita

Another Cinco de Mayo has come and gone, but that doesn’t mean the margaritas should stop flowing! This Cadillac Margarita is a top shelf favorite, made with smooth Casamigos tequila, Gran Gala (a rich, brandy-based orange liquor) and a quick Turbinado Sweet & Sour mix.

Cadillac Margarita

Pre-made margarita mixes are convenient, but they’re usually loaded with sugar and that’s a guaranteed headache over here! We’re making our own sweet & sour mix with a few lemons, limes and sugar…basically a citrusy simple syrup.

Cadillac Margarita

Classic simple syrup is a 1:1 ratio of water and sugar. We’re throwing that ratio way off in favor of a lower sugar mix that packs more flavor thanks to turbinado sugar. This raw, unprocessed sugar makes a great simple syrup. Unlike processed, white sugar, these course granules add a rich color and deeper flavor.

For the sweet & sour mix, dissolve 1 cup of turbinado sugar in 4 cups of water over medium-low heat. You’re not looking for a boil here, so as soon as the sugar is dissolved, you can take it off of the heat. Squeeze in the lemon and lime juice and let it cool. Strain the juice into a pitcher or jug. You can keep it stored in the refrigerator for months!

This mix is perfect for margaritas, but that’s not the only way to get your sip on! Add a splash to your favorite spirits, sweeten up your iced tea or serve it over ice with a splash more water for a refreshing lemon-limeade.

Casamigos Tequila

While there are a lot of other uses for this mix…we came to make margaritas! Grab the full recipe below and get busy sipping!


Cadillac Margarita

This Cadillac Margarita is made with smooth blanco tequila, orange liqueur and a turbinado sugar sweet & sour mix. This cocktail packs a top shelf taste!


Cadillac Margarita
  • 2 parts Casamigos Blanco Tequila
  • 1 part Gran Gala, Cointreau or your favorite orange liquor
  • 2½ parts Turbinado Sweet & Sour Mix
  • Lime wedge for garnish
  • Flaky salt for rim (optional)
Turbinado Sweet & Sour Mix
  • 4 cups filtered water
  • 1 cup Turbinado sugar
  • 3 large lemons (~6 oz. fresh squeezed lemon juice)
  • 6 large limes (~10 oz. fresh squeezed lime juice )


How to cook Cadillac Margarita

For Sweet & Sour Mix:
  1. In a medium saucepan, add 1 cup of turbinado sugar to 4 cups water. 
  2. Heat on medium-low, stirring just until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat. 
  3. Squeeze lemons and limes into simple syrup. 
  4. Let cool & strain into a jar with lid. 
  5. Store it sealed in the refrigerator for months!
For Margarita:
  1. For salted margarita, rim a rocks glass with lime & flaky salt.
  2. Fill glass with ice.
  3. Add tequila, orange liqueur and sweet & sour mix.
  4. Shake or stir to combine.
  5. Garnish with squeeze of lime.


Quality counts! Skip the bottom shelf tequila in favor of a higher quality batch that won't leave you with a headache. As always, you can adjust the quantities to taste! The Turbinado Sugar Sweet & Sour uses less sugar than a traditional simple syrup. If it's too tart for your taste, you can cut it with a little more water or if you like it sweet, you can add a bit more sugar.

Making a batch?!? Be sure to tag us on Instagram @thecraftchew with a shot of your tasty ‘ritas!

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Cadillac Margarita

Hi, hungry friends! We’re Ashley & Sean, Louisiana natives with a big love of food! We’re a husband and wife dynamic duo who film & photograph people, places & food for a living. The Craft Chew is our food baby, inspired by our love of craft brews, tasty chews and a little nod to our furry pup, Chewy. Thanks for stopping by!