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The Classic Margarita Cocktail

A Margarita is a cocktail consisting of tequila, triple sec, lime juice and/or lemon juice, often served with salt or sugar on the rim of the glass. The drink is served shaken with ice (on the rocks), blended with ice (frozen margarita), or without ice (straight up). Although it has become acceptable to serve a margarita in a wide variety of glass types, ranging from cocktail glasses to wine glasses to pint glasses and even large schooners but the drink is traditionally served in the eponymous "margarita glass" (as shown above), a stepped-diameter variant of a cocktail glass or even sometimes a champagne glass.

Classic Margarita Recipe

  • 2 Oz. Tequila Of Your Choice
  • 1 Oz Cointreau or Triple Sec
  • 1 Oz Freshly Squeezed Lime Juice
  • 1/2 Oz of Sugar Syrup
  • Salted Glass Rim
  • Lime Wedge Garnish

Place all ingredients (except salt and lime wedge) into a shaker full of ice. Use lime wedge to moisten rim of glass and, holding glass upside down, rim glass with salt. Fill glass with fresh crushed ice. Shake & strain mixture into the glass, place lime wedge garnish on rim of glass and serve.


Unless you are a serious Margarita aficionado, you probably do not know that Wednesday, February 22, is a "holiday" dubbed National Margarita Day

In honor of this occasion today, we would like to share another favorite, secret, home-made margarita recipe. This recipe can be made either as a cocktail shaken and strained over ice, or up-in a chilled glass as well. We decided to feature the cocktail version, since Spring is right around the corner and refreshing cocktails with fresh ingredients will be in season.


First, Here's Some History Of This Classic Cocktail

The 1937 Cafe Royal Cocktail Book contains a recipe for a Picador using the same concentrations of tequila, triple sec and lime juice as a Margarita. One of the earliest stories is of the Margarita being invented in 1938 by Carlos "Danny" Herrera at his restaurant Rancho La Gloria, halfway betweenTijuana and Rosita, Mexico created for customer and former Ziegfield dancer Marjorie King, who was allergic to many spirits, but not to tequila.
This story was related by Herrera and also by bartender Albert Hernandez, acknowledged for popularizing a Margarita in San Diego after 1947, at the La Plaza restaurant in La Jolla.[11] Hernandez claimed the owner of La Plaza, Morris Locke, knew Herrera and visited Mexico often.

A commonly accepted origin story of the Margarita is that it was invented in October 1941, at Hussong's Cantina in Ensenada, Mexico by bartender Don Carlos Orozco. One afternoon, Margarita Henkel, the daughter of the then German ambassador visited the cantina and Don Carlos who had been experimenting with drinks offered her one. The cocktail consisted of equal parts of tequila, Mexican orange liqueur called Controy (A.K.A. Naranja in the United States), and lime, shaken and served over ice in a salt-rimmed glass. As she was the first to try the drink, Don Carlos decided to name it after her and the "Margarita" was born.[

There are also claims that the margarita was first mixed in Juarez, Mexico at Tommy's Place Bar on July 4, 1942 by Francisco "Pancho" Morales. Morales later left bartending in Mexico to become a US citizen, where he worked as a milkman for 25 years. Mexico's official news agency Notimex and many experts have said Morales has the strongest claim to having invented the margarita.

Others say the inventor was Dallas socialite Margarita Sames, when she concocted the drink for her guests at her Acapulco vacation home in 1948. Tommy Hilton reportedly attended, bringing the drink back to the Hilton chain of hotels. However, Jose Cuervo was already running ad campaigns for the margarita three years earlier, in 1945, with the slogan, "Margarita: It's more than a girl's name." According to Jose Cuervo, the cocktail was invented in 1938 by a bartender in honor of Mexican showgirl Rita de la Rosa.

Another common origin tale begins the cocktail's history at the legendary Balinese in Galveston, Texas where, in 1948, head bartender Santos Cruz created the margarita for singer Peggy (Margaret) Lee. He supposedly named it after the Spanish version of her name, Margarita, and it has been a hit ever since. (Margarita is a German form of the name and was introduced to Mexico with no Hispanic origin.)


The first known publication of a margarita recipe was in the December 1953 issue of Esquire, with a recipe calling for an ounce of tequila, a dash of triple sec and the juice of half a lime or lemon. A recipe for a tequila-based cocktail first appeared in the 1930 book My New Cocktail Book by G.F. Steele. Without noting a specific recipe or inventor, a drink called the Tequila Daisy was mentioned in the Syracuse Herald as early as 1936. Margarita is Spanish for Daisy, which is a nickname for Margaret.[18]

A later story is that the margarita was invented in October 1961, at a party in Houston, Texas, by party goer Robert James "Rusty" Thomson while acting as bartender. He concocted a mixture of equal parts tequila, orange liqueur, lime, and crushed ice in a salt-rimmed glass.[19][20][21] However, Thomson's recipe was made with Damiana Liqueur, not Cointreau orange liqueur. It is said that the idea was an experiment after running out of rum while making frozen daiquiris.

Another explanation, however, is that the margarita is merely a popular American drink, the Daisy, remade with tequila instead of brandy, which became popular during Prohibition as people drifted over the border for alcohol. There is an account from 1936 of Iowa newspaper editor James Graham finding such a cocktail in Tijuana, years before any of the other Margarita "creation myths".


Happy National Margarita Day!

“America loves margaritas. It’s the number-one-selling cocktail in the country,” said Kyle Ford, a New York City-based mixologist and brand ambassador for Cointreau, a brand of triple sec, an orange-flavored liqueur that is an ingredient in the standard margarita. “There’s a holiday for almost everything, so how cool is it that there’s one for a cocktail?”


The Original Casa-Blanco-Cointreau Margarita  

-Our Secret Recipe

(These are the portions required for one drink. Simply multiply for extra servings. Have Fun!)

You Will Need: A Barback Tool, One Lime, One Lemon, One Orange, Pure Agave Nectar, Casamigos Blanco Tequila, Cointreau Orange Liqueur (Or Triple Sec), A Mixing Glass, A Shaker Tin, Ice, And A Large Glass To Serve The Drink.

  1. *Use Your Barback Peeler To Peel A Nice Long Ribbon Of A Fresh Orange Peel Garnish And Put It Aside For Later.
  2. Squeeze 1/2 Of Each Into A Pint Mixing Glass: Fresh Orange, Fresh Lemon And Fresh Lime. 
  3. *Use Your Barback Garnish Knife To Slice All Of Your Fruit. 
  4. (First, Slice The Lime In Half, Then Slice A Round "Lime-Wheel" Garnish And Put It Aside For Later). 
  5. Squeeze 1/2 Of Each Lemon, Lime & Orange Through A Screened Strainer (If Your Fruit Has Seeds) ...Or Use A Hand-Juice Press If You Have One. If You Don't Have These Items, You Can Always Just Squeeze The Ol' Fashioned Way: By Hand.
  6. According To Your Desired Sweetness, Add 1/2 - 1 Ounce of Pure Agave Nectar (Use an Entire Ounce For A Nice Balance And To Cut The Acidity Of The Lemon And Lime Juice While Adding A Perfect Sweetness).
  7. Add 2 Ounces Of Your Favorite Blanco or Silver Tequila Into The Pint Mixing Glass. Casamigos Is Always An Affordable Option And Is A Great Tequila For Any Margarita.
  8. Add Up To 3/4 Ounce Of Cointreau Orange Liqueur Into The Pint Mixing Glass.
  9. Fill The Pint Mixing Glass To The Rim With Crushed Ice, Or Small Ice Cubes.
  10. Shake Vigorously and Strain Over Fresh Ice Into Your Favorite Glass. (You May Salt The Rim Of The Glass If You Like By Rubbing A Lime Wedge Around The Rim, Then Dipping The Wet Rim In A Small Plate Of Kosher Salt).
  11. *Use Your Barback Zester To Add A Nice "Zest-Confetti" On Top.
  12. Place Your Orange Peel Garnish Around The Inner Rim Of The Drink.
  13. Add Your "Lime-Wheel" Garnish And Some Other Lemon Or Lime Wedge Garnishes If You Like.

    Sip, Relax And Enjoy "National Margarita Day"!


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