The History of the Margarita

This cocktail is one of the most popular cocktails all over the world.

The story of tequila will not be complete if you do not mention the cocktail “Margarita”. Perhaps, the “Margarita” is one of the reasons why the tequila is so popular nowadays. For many people, this cocktail is the way to the understanding of tequila, but for others, it’s just a higher pleasure.

As tequila has a variety of stories and legends, and the margarita is closely connected with the history of tequila, the cocktail “Margarita” has become a separate legend. And not many cocktails can boast of so many legends about its origin. In other words, it is difficult to say when the first cocktail appeared. There are a lot of stories about it.

Well, let’s have a closer look at a bar classics as the margarita.

As it was said, this cocktail is still surrounded by legends and disputes. But none of the legends have not found a confirmation of 100%. In general, the emergence of the margarita can be considered during the 1930s-1950s of the last century and the birthplace is the border areas between the USA and Mexico.

One legend says that the margarita was first mixed in 1940 (according to some sources in 1938 or even in 1935) in the bar “Rancho La Gloria” located in the vicinity of Tijuana. The Americans loved to gather there. You could find the little-known young actress Marjorie King there which had allergic to all kinds of alcohol except for tequila. But King did not like tequila. And then a local bartender, Danny Herrera, mixed three parts of the tequila Blanco, two parts of Triple Sec liqueur, one part of fresh lime juice. He put the edge of the champagne glass in the lemon juice, then dipped it in salt and poured the frothy liquid in it. He translated the name Marjorie Herrera into Spanish as Margarita.

The next legend attributes the “Margarita” to another Mexican bartender, Pancho Moralez from Juarez.  On July 4, 1942, a client ordered him a drink “Magnolia” (brandy, Cointreau, an egg yolk and champagne). Moralez kept in mind only Cointreau, he kept his wits and added some tequila and lime juice in it. The improvisation turned into a big hit. And he called his creation in honor of another flower – daisy.

The heroine of another legend is Margarita Sames. Her favorite pastime at the parties was entertaining the guests with the mix of various drinks. During the Christmas holidays in 1948, a mixture of tequila, Cointreau and lime juice had great success. By the way, in 1999 Margarita Sames was presented in “Original Reference of Margarita and Tequila” as a cocktail creator of “Margarita”.

Here are also a few legends about the “Margarita”.

In 1936 Danny Negrete, the hotel manager of ‘Garci Crespo’ in Puebla, made a drink for his girlfriend, and guess what name did he give to it?

Red Hinton, a bartender from Virginia, called the cocktail after his girlfriend, Margarita Mendez, who died in a shootout in the bar.

In the 1950s, Henry Shelton, the owner, and Johnny Darlesser, the bartender of the restaurant “CockTail” , were looking for a way to import the tequila Jose Cuervo. They made up the “Margarita” as a promotion of tequila named after the bartender’s wife.

Above all, you can conclude that the “Margarita” was invented from 1930 to 1950. And no inventor had patented the recipe, thus the margarita became another myth about tequila.

The classic “Margarita” consists of lime juice, orange liqueur and tequila (usually 100% agave). The true art of making the “Margarita” is maintaining aspect ratio between the components. The basic recipe has the following proportion: three parts of tequila, two parts of liquor, one part of lime juice. Pour the ingredients into a shaker. Fill a shaker with ice and shake up all the ingredients. Make the crunch of salt at the edges of the glass (Margarita Glass). In order to do it, you should take a slice of lime and slide along the edges, then dip them in salt. Pour the cocktail through a strainer into a glass. Garnish it with a slice of lime. Enjoy!

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