Margarita: Everyone’s Favourite Party in a Glass N o Taco Tuesday would ever be complete without a Margarita in hand. This is one drin...
Margarita: Everyone’s Favourite Party in a Glass
No Taco Tuesday would ever be complete without a Margarita in hand. This is one drink that really stands for “party.” Think about it…have you ever been anywhere there are Margaritas and had a bad time?
Like most of the popular cocktails though, Margarita is often squabbled over as to who created this classic drink. Mostly, everyone can agree that it first came on the cocktail scene in the 1930s or 1940s. They can also agree on the basic ingredients for making a proper Margarita. However, the rest of the details are where the stories diverge.
Some say that a restaurant owner named Carlos “Danny” Herrera was the original creator. As the story goes, a customer at his restaurant Rancho La Gloria in Mexico was allergic to all types of liquor with the exception of tequila. Another popular tale of Margarita folklore is that a bartender named Don Carlos Orozco at Hussong’s Cantina in Mexico was the one who created it.
There are many more tales like these, including one about Margarita Sames, a Dallas socialite who reportedly made it for her guests in 1948 in her Acapulco vacation home. Every-enterprising Tommy Hilton was said to have attended the soiree and brought it back to the Hilton hotel chain. That story was debunked thanks to Jose Cuervo, one of the most popular brands of tequila, which had been running a slogan starting in 1945 with the name “Margarita” in it. In fact, those at Jose Cuervo say the world-famous cocktail was created in 1938 by a bartender to honor Rita de la Rosa, a Mexican showgirl.
The popularity of the Margarita was also said to have soared in America due to the Prohibition. It was said to be a refashioned version of the Daisy, another classic American cocktail. Tequila was said to have been used instead of the brandy during this time because Americans would cross the border into Mexico and come back with the ever-abundant tequila on their return.
These days, the Margarita is as beloved as always and probably will be forever. Jimmy Buffett famously sang “Margaritaville” for his devotion to the beverage. The next time you’re out at the bar and you hear that one come on, why not order a Margarita? To make it properly, you need 2 ounces of tequila, an ounce of Triple Sec, the juice from half a lime, and a dash of agave syrup. Shake it all up in your cocktail shaker full of ice and then pour it into your glass.
That’s the basic way. You can add salt to the rim and a wedge of lime, though there are plenty of variations of the Margarita. Probably as many as there are tales of its invention. There are frozen Margaritas, Strawberry Margaritas, Mango Margaritas, and dozens more. The possibilities are endless! Which one is your favorite?