Saturday is National Margarita day. No candy, flowers or reservations needed. Just plenty of ice, fresh limes and a GOOD bottle of Tequila. For Cinco De Mayo we will use a GREAT bottle. But I implore you NOT to use any of the pre-mixes or cocktails to-go. Take the time and do the work and savor the pleasures of a REAL MARGARITA.
History of the Margarita
Esquire Magazine is the first known publication to put a margarita recipe in print. In their December 1953 edition they listed the drink as:
- 1 ounce tequila
- Dash of Triple Sec
- Juice of 1/2 lime or lemon
Pour over crushed ice, stir. Rub the rim of a stem glass with rind of lemon or lime, spin in salt — pour, and sip.
Many stories exist on who actually invented the drink. One states that in October 1941 a bartender named Don Carlos Orozco from Ensenada, Mexico created the drink for the daughter of a German ambassador whose name was Margarita. He named the recipe after her. Another originates from Galveston, Texas where, in 1948, bartender Santos Cruz developed the margarita recipe for singer Peggy (Margaret) Lee. He allegedly named it after the Spanish version of her name, Margarita. Another popular one indicates that the margarita is just a variation of another brandy based drink called the Daisy. In a 1936 Iowa newspaper, James Graham reported finding this cocktail in Tijuana. The word margarita is Spanish for daisy so its possible the similar tequila based cocktail took on this name.
In 1948, Dallas socialite Margaret Sames had invited friends from Dallas to visit her in Acapulco, Mexico. While preparing for her visitors, Margaret began experimenting with a tequila cocktail to serve poolside. Having tried and enjoyed Cointreau, she decided to pair the two. Tequila, Cointreau, fresh lime juice and a salted rim: the margarita was born. One famous party guest, hotelier Nicky Hilton, went on to feature the margarita at his Acapulco Hilton, popularizing the drink.
Here are a few of my favorite recipes: