• Start to Finish: 10 minutes
  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty Level: Beginner

As a cocktail, the pink Cadillac is as confused as a chameleon on a plaid shirt. Trapped somewhere in a world between the festive margarita and the elegant cosmopolitan, this luscious libation draws it name from the top shelf — meaning expensive — liquors used in its preparation. From the original creamy version to the lighter margarita style, this Cadillac will drive your taste buds around the bend.

In a chilled martini shaker, combine all the ingredients and shake like crazy until your hands are so cold that your hand can hardly hold the shaker. Strain the drink into chilled martini or margarita glasses. Garnish the glasses appropriately for each drink: lime for the margarita, orange and cherry for the old school cocktail.

Some versions of the Cadillac cocktail use cranberry juice for the pink tint instead of the raspberry Chambord liqueur and add a kick of chocolate with white creme de cacao.

Similarly, substitute cranberry juice for the Chambord in the margarita Pink Cadillac. You might want to leave out the lime juice, though, as this version will be rather tart. If it seems sour, a splash or two of grenadine will sweeten it up.

For the margarita Pink Cadillac, consider rimming the glass with a combination of salt and sugar.

Tips

While it might be tempting to use cheaper versions of the liquors and liqueurs in these recipes, you run the risk of losing the luxury “Cadillac” connotation. Oh, and don’t use bottled lime juice.

Serve the classic Pink Cadillac — a truly vintage drink — with retro appetizers, such as pigs in a blanket, baby quiches or rumaki.

With the margarita version, you can’t go wrong with tortilla chips and queso dip or guacamole.