Happy National Margarita Day!
The Margarita is a delicious, simple, classic cocktail. An excellent choice for a novice mixologist. Perfect for vacationing, summertime, Mondays, and anything in between.
The origin of the Margarita is muddled. There are many who believe the Margarita was first discovered in the late 40’s by Margaret “Margarita” Sames in Dallas, TX while entertaining during the holidays, while others credit a Juarez Bartender, Pancho with concocting the first Margarita in the early 40’s before immigrating to the US. Johnny Durlesser of LA has also claimed credit, saying he had been making them in the mid-late 30’s, using the Picador recipe featured in the UK’s Bartender’s Guild Cocktail Book. During prohibition, the Daisy was a popular cocktail – similar to a modern Margarita, but made with either Brandy OR Tequila –predating all of the above claims, with no known creator. The theories go on…
You can decide for yourself what to believe as there is no ‘definite’ or ‘we know for sure’ when it comes to the question of who created this go-to tequila drink – only speculation. No matter what you choose to believe as the origin, I think we can all agree that the Margarita is here to stay, and we love ALL the variations! Below are some ‘fun facts’ for National Margarita day, and a classic recipe. Cheers!
- Margarita, translated in Spanish is ‘Daisy’
- The word Margarita comes from the latin word Margartari which means ‘Pearl’
- The first known Frozen Margarita was made in 1947 in a blender
- In 1971, Mariano Martinez invented the first Frozen Margarita Machine out of a repurposed soft serve ice cream machine.
- A Picador is a cocktail published in a 1937 UK book of cocktails. It's made the same as a margarita, but without the salt on the rim (sometimes with Lemon)
- Margaritas are often made in a 7:4:3 ratio of Tequila:Triple Sec:Lime Juice, IBA Standard is 10:4:3