Cadillac Margarita and Hussong’s Cantina – Reno

Cinco de Mayo is just a few days away. That makes this the perfect time to tell you a little about the history of the margarita which started at Hussong’s Cantina. Plus, we have a Cadillac Margarita recipe for you to try.

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Hussong’s Cantina and the Margarita

The original Hussong’s Cantina opened in Ensenada, Mexico back in 1892. A second location was opened in Las Vegas in 2009. More importantly, a third location – Hussong’s Cantina Reno was very recently opened inside the Silver Legacy Casino.

Legend has it, a bartender named Don Carlos Orozco concocted the margarita in October, 1941. It was made with equal parts tequila, Damiana and lime for a beautiful women who was named Margarita. Today, the margarita is made with Cointreau, triple sec or some other orange liqueur instead of Damiana.

While at Hussong’s Cantina – Reno, I sampled a few different food offerings and the Pepino margarita. Everything I tried was really good. And yes, I did have a refill on my margarita. Who can pass up free drinks?

I’m looking forward to going back when they have a full menu offering and checking out what else they serve to eat. And drink.

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Hussong’s Tequila

In addition to inventing the Margarita and serving up tasty food, Hussong’s also has their own tequila. Hussong’s Reposado Tequila is made from agave grown in Mexico that is imported and bottled in Missouri by McCormick Distilling Co.

Because the tequila is not bottled in Mexico, it is a Mixto or blended tequila. At one time, the tequila was a mix of 99% agave and 1% other sources. However, this article by Poco Tequila states it’s probably now a blend of 51% agave / 49% other sources. For more on different types of tequila, read our post on tequila facts

It’s hand bottled in stoneware jugs and has a certificate of hand bottling at the top of the bottle.

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As far as the flavor of the tequila, it’s good for a Mixto. It has a yellow/gold color and a deep taste.

One review of the tequila states, “Yellow gold in color. Sweet powdered fruit nose. Medium to full bodied palate with deeply roasted agave and grilled fruit and pepper notes followed by a wave of peppery oak and spice.”

You can purchase a bottle of Hussong’s Tequila at BevMo! for $34.99 and at Total Wine for $37.99.

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Cadillac Margarita Recipe

I couldn’t talk about the birthplace of the margarita and not give you a margarita recipe. Since I’ve already posted a recipe for classic margaritas, I’m going to share a Cadillac Margarita recipe instead.

Cadillac Margarita and Hussong's Cantina – Reno
How to make a Cadillac Margarita
Serves: 1
  • 1½ ounce Hussong's Reposado Tequila
  • 1 ounce Grand Marnier
  • ¾ ounces fresh squeezed lime juice
  • Optional: Lime wedge and salt for rim
  1. If desired, rim a margarita glass with lime and dip in salt.
  2. Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice.
  3. Shake and strain into margarita glass.


For more drink ideas for Cinco de Mayo, check out our full collection of margarita recipes. If you are in the mood for something blended, I’m sharing a recipe for slushy margaritas over at allParenting.

And if you’re ever in the neighborhood of a Hussong’s, I highly suggest you make a visit. Order a margarita, a plate of nachos and whatever else looks good. Just don’t forget to try the churros. Yum!


Note… this is not a sponsored post. I received a bottle of Hussong’s tequila for attending media night, not for writing this post.

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Jessica Torres is the chief cocktail creator here at One Martini. Outside of the internet, she works at DEATH & TAXES (a bar) and midtown eats (a restaurant) in Reno, Nevada. When not working, Jessica can be found working out, spending time with her family or attempting to nap. Subscribe to our newsletter to get all of the latest cocktail creations delivered directly to your inbox.
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1 comment… add one
  • dave June 5, 2013, 3:05 pm

    I like this simple Cadillac margarita recipe and the fresh lime juice that makes it taste great. I prefer mine with a little salt on the rim.


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