Margarita - the love of America

Did you know Kansas City, Missouri never went through Prohibition?

In the United Stated, alcohol was banned from 1920-1933, the Movement gained popular progressive support and the Prohibition Supporters called "drys" were both Democratic and Republican and gained a national grassroot base through the Woman's Christian Temperance Union. But despite the popular support, Prohibition was never enforced in some places like Kansas City, Missouri.

Margarita Cocktail

Margarita, we all love

Margarita is a refreshing, flavourful and timeless cocktail. It is made with tequila lime juice and triple sec and can be garnished with a lime wedge.

The main flavour notes in a margarita are sour lime-flavored and floral. You'll taste the sweetness from the spirit and the saltiness from the rim. The best margaritas are made with high-quality orange liqueur and tequila. If you find a margarita that is too sweet it is probably because too much of the orange liqueur was used. If it is too sour it is probably because not enough Triple Sec was used. The key to a perfect margarita is finding the perfect balance of all the flavours.

Margarita, who named you? Are you Daisy?

The favourite cocktail of America, has become a folklore, and its history and origin is shrouded by multiple possibilities and claims, some of which have been debunked and some remain to be the probable origin.

There are many origin stories of the Margarita cocktail but the most popular one is that it was invented by bartender, Carlos "Danny" Herrera at his restaurant Rancho La Gloria in Tijuana Mexico. The drink was created for a customer and former Ziegfeld dancer Marjorie King, who was allergic to many spirits, but not to tequila. and wanted a tequila-based drink. The bartender used lime juice and triple sec to create the perfect balance of sweet and sour and the Margarita was born!  This was from the accounts of the The Cafe Royal Cocktail Book, published in the UK in 1937, but was debunked in 1992 by San Diego Reader.

Historian David Wondrich believes there is evidence to support the claim that a cocktail made with tequila orange liqueur and lime was being enjoyed in Tijuana many years before any other version of the margarita was created. A 1936 Iowa newspaper article claims that an editor from Iowa James Graham found the first margarita in Tijuana years before any of the other "creation myths".  According to him, that was similar to a Brandy Daisy (Margarita is Spanish for Daisy), and probably is a spin-off of the prohibition era cocktail, swapping Brandy with Tequila.

Another claim, coming from the famous Tequila Brand Jose Cuervo, the cocktail was invented in 1938 in honour of Mexican showgirl Rita de la Rosa.

Some people say that Margarita Sames a socialite from Dallas invented the mojito in 1948 while she was vacationing in Acapulco Guerrero. Tommy Hilton is said to have brought the drink back to the Hilton chain of hotels. Although Jose Cuervo had already begun advertising their Tequila/Margarita in 1945 with the slogan "Margarita: It's more than a girl's name" he was already successful.
Another, by Sara Morales, an expert on Mexican folklore, claims that the Margarita was created in 1930 by Doña Bertha the owner of Bertha's Bar in Taxco.

Margarita Cocktail

Margarita, the fabled drink of America

So many claims, but still no definitive answer, as is the case for so many iconic cocktails. But that doesn't make Margarita any less important and it still is the most favourite cocktail of America. According to survey responses the average American drinks 30.18 margaritas each year, at $ 10.97 each. That comes to an annual cost of $331.07 for margaritas alone. That's a lot of money spent on her!

Ways to spend time with the love, Margarita

There are a few ways to serve a Margarita cocktail. The most common is on the rocks which means that the drink is served over ice. This is the easiest way to make a Margarita and it's also the most refreshing, the other common ways are to shake with ice and serve on the rocks, or shake with ice and serve straight up. If you want something a little different you can try serving your Margarita frozen. This is especially delicious in the summertime. To make a frozen Margarita simply blend all of the ingredients together with some ice in a blender. You can also rim the glass with salt or sugar for an extra special touch.

Margarita by the Sea

Oh, Margarita why do you come differently, every time?

There are a number of different ways to make a Margarita cocktail and the variations are only limited by your imagination. The classic Margarita is made with tequila lime juice and triple sec but there are endless possibilities for how to change up the ingredients. You can use different kinds of tequila swap out the triple sec for another liqueur or add fruit juices or purees to create a unique flavour. Whether you like your Margaritas frozen or on the rocks there's a recipe out there that will suit your taste.
There's a margarita for anyone regardless of their taste preferences. Adding a touch of pineapple juice or agave nectar can intensify the sweet flavours while ginger can add a touch of savory balance. cucumber jalapeño and cilantro add a savory flare with a hint of spice or Tajin can be added to traditional salt rims to amp up the zing factor.

Margarita, elegant, opulent and yet so reachable

Margarita has been part of American culture for a long while now and there are reasons. It's simplicity and freshness make it the happiest drink to toast, ever. Margarita is a cocktail that spans between a $1200 glass created with a rare bottle of Patron Tequila to a $10 glass at the bar round the corner. Nothing can have such iconic economic and cultural status, that the Margarita has, and its story of being created for a woman with alcohol intolerance shows the love with which it was created.

A pair of Margarita

Margarita, you smell of civilisations of the past

Margarita's cultural connection runs from Mexico to America and touches the ancient Aztecs too. Tequila is made from the nectar of the Blue Agave plant, and each Agave plant takes six to ten years to grow and dies after one harvest, and that is why, Blue Agave and its nectar are precious to Mexican culture and the plant has its own patron God too since the days of the Aztec. The Blue Agave is protected by Aztec goddess, Mayahuel and Tequila is her gift to mankind.

No one satisfies better than you, Margarita

The human brain identifies five tastes, sweet, salty, bitter, sour and umami. Umami is the Japanese for savoury or meaty taste. A Margarita cocktail satisfies four of the five tastes: sweet sour salty and bitter. The drink is traditionally made with tequila lime juice and Triple Sec or another orange-flavoured liqueur. Salt is often rimmed on the glass. The Tequila gives the bitterness which is balanced by the sweetness of the agave, and the salt on the rim. The salt cuts the bitterness and the sour lime too helps in neutralising the bitterness and instead enhance the salt and sour flavours of the cocktail. It indeed is a perfect cocktail to order for all occasions, especially with food.

Margarita Variations

Not an hour glass, but yet so sensuous

The double-bowl Margarita glass has a fun and stylish shape that is perfect for frozen margaritas. The wide rim makes it easy to add a salt or sugar rim. Though festive it's not an essential piece of stemware because margaritas can be served in a cocktail old-fashioned or highball glass.

There are a few theories as to why margarita glasses are such an odd shape. Some say that the shape is necessary for the salt to stick to the rim of the glass. Others say that the shape is meant to keep the drink colder for longer, and since ice is used, that odd wide shape is useful to hold more ice without having to reduce portions of the drink. Regardless of the reason margarita glasses have become synonymous with the popular cocktail.

It's unclear who started using them for serving margaritas, although there are stories of a bar having ordered wine glasses, were delivered the odd shaped glasses, but they liked the idea and kept them for serving Margaritas, so, whoever started using them, they have become the standard in recent years although are not considered absolutely essential.

Secrets of Margarita, drop the Cointreau Triple Sec

Probably the biggest secret of Margarita that you should be aware of, is, that to make the drink appear fresher, cleaner and more refreshing, only fresh lime squeezed to extract the lime juice right while mixing the drink should be used. Bottled juice is to be strictly avoided.

Secondly, although most recipes use Triple Sec or any other brand of Triple Sec styled Orange Liqueur, using an Orange flavoured sweet liqueur means, you either add extra alcohol to adjust the sweetness, or make it too orange flavoured, or add too little of it to reduce the sweetness or the orange flavour. The trick is to keep Tequila as the only alcohol, and adjust sweetness with Agave Syrup or even Simple Syrup, and add a few splashes of fresh orange juice. You can thus, easily adjust the flavours to your taste and have a fresh, invigorating Margarita for you.

Margarita Congelada

The frozen margarita, technically a slushie laced with Tequila, is indebted to Fred Waring and the electric blender. The Waring blender was a popular kitchen appliance by the 1950s and by 1952 new blender owners were using theirs to make strawberry daiquiris in which rum sugar lime and frozen strawberries were all pulverized into a cold slurpy and scrumptious alcoholic mush. The recipe first appears in Mabel Stegner's 1952 Electric Blender Recipes and at least according to Serious Eats it may be the ancestor of today's enormous repertoire of frozen blended cocktails.

Margarita Lowball

Margarita Cocktail

Margarita - deus ex machina

Margarita from the machine. Although there still are doubts about the origin of Margarita, the first frozen Margarita machine is well documented. Mariano Martinez invented the frozen margarita machine in the early '70s. The 26-year-old Dallas restaurateur was having trouble creating the frozen drink for customers; bartenders complained they took too long and customers thought they melted too quickly. After seeing a Slurpee machine in a 7-Eleven Martinez had an idea. He transformed a soft-serve ice cream machine into one that pumped out frosty margaritas.

Margarita has her own unofficial National Day

Each year on February 22nd we celebrate National Margarita Day. Todd McCalla founded this day to share his love for margaritas with everyone. Loved and enjoyed by millions of friends and families all around the world this tequila-based triple sec and lime drink is celebrated every year on this day. Although it is an unofficial celebration that was founded as a way to share Todd's love of margaritas and promote a more sophisticated appreciation of the beverage.

Margarita, the finest avatars of her

Margarita had been diversified into so many variations and serving styles over the years that they are uncountable now, we shall try list a few of them here. But there will still be many left to list.

Big Red Margarita

The Big Red Margarita is a refreshing and fruity twist on the classic margarita. It's made with tequila orange juice lime juice and strawberries and is garnished with a lime wedge. The Big Red Margarita is perfect for summer parties and barbecues.
Pour the tequila triple sec lime juice and ice into a blender, add the strawberries margarita mix and sugar (if using), blend until smooth. Divide evenly between two glasses. Garnish with a lime wedge and enjoy!

Upside Down Margarita

The upside down margarita is a twist on the classic cocktail. As the name suggests the ingredients are inverted so the lime juice is on the bottom and the tequila is on top. This results in a tart and refreshing drink that's perfect for summer. The upside-down margarita gets its name from its unique presentation. Instead of being served in a traditional margarita glass it's served in a shot glass with the lime juice on the bottom.

Spanish Margarita

The Spanish Margarita is a layered shot that hits you very hard. Sambuca and the Tequila is poured into a slim glass first, followed by Red and the Blue Aftershocks. The Clear Sambuca and Tequila at the bottom and the Bright Red Cinnamon flavoured Aftershock topped by the Blue Citrus Aftershock gives the shot a cheerful Flamenco feel, and will surely knock you off your feet.

Caribbean Margarita

The Caribbean Margarita is a type of margarita cocktail that is popular in the Caribbean. It is made with rum lime juice and triple sec. The drink is often served in a tall glass with ice. It is named after the region where it is most popular. But the recipe we have here retains the Tequila and the Caribbean feel comes with the Banana and Pineapple flavours of this recipe.

Naked Margarita

A naked margarita is a margarita that doesn't have any triple sec or other sweeteners added to it. It's so named because it's just the basics: tequila lime juice and ice. This makes for a tart and strong cocktail that's not for everyone but if you enjoy tequila neat then you'll probably enjoy a naked margarita.

A no salt on the rim, no sugar Margarita is a naked Margarita, it's as such not a new recipe, it's just a choice.

Knock You Naked Margarita

However Knock you Naked Margarita is a real recipe and it's strong enough to knock you out naked. It's a Tequila, Beer, Limeade and 7-Up or Club Soda cocktail that is served as a large drink, and is strong.

Jack Daniels Margarita or Jackarita

what's anything without a bit of Whiskey? Jackarita is a Jack Daniels, Gold Tequila, Frozen Lemonade Concentrate, Margarita Mix and Orange Soda variation of the Classic Margarita.

Long Island Margarita

this recipe adds a cola twist to the standard recipe and the cola renders a long island iced tea look to it.

  • Shot Glass

    A Shot Glass is a small glass designed to measure or hold spirits or liquor, either to be consumed straight in one shot, from which a one gulp alcoholic beverage gets the name shooter, or, is poured into a cocktail.

    The name Shot Glass has several possible origins, one theory says that in the Old West, cowboys used to pay for their whiskey by trading bullets for a drink. The other theory says that Shots were named after Friedrich Otto Schott, a man who started a glasswork factory that made shot glasses in America.

    For a good explanation on which glass to use for which drink. Read this post from Bottleneck Management.

  • Highball Glass

    A highball glass is a glass tumbler that can contain between 240 ml and 350 ml ( 8 to 12 US fl oz ) it is used to server highball cocktails and other mixed drinks. A highball glass is taller than an Old Fashioned glass (lowball) and wider and shorter than a Collins Glass.

    The highball name comes from the class of cocktail it is used to serve, a cocktail with a base spirit ( usually two to three ounces and a larger amount of non-alcoholic mixer.

    For a good explanation on which glass to use for which drink. Read this post from Bottleneck Management.

  • Tall Glass

    A highball glass or a Tall Cocktail Glass is a glass tumbler that can contain between 240 ml and 350 ml ( 8 to 12 US fl oz ) it is used to server highball cocktails and other mixed drinks. A highball glass is taller than an Old Fashioned glass (lowball) and wider and shorter than a Collins Glass.

    The highball name comes from the class of cocktail it is used to serve, a cocktail with a base spirit ( usually two to three ounces and a larger amount of non-alcoholic mixer.

  • Simple Guide to Cocktail Glassware

    When there is no specific glass suggested for a cocktail, it's up to you to chose a glass.
    Either you just go ahead and serve using any glass available to you following these simple rules
    A. Go for Tall or Collins Glasses, Highball Glasses or even Hurricane Glasses for cocktails with loads of non-alcoholic mixes, and those that require crushed or cubed ices,
    B. But if your cocktail is aromatic and liqueur based, and has a complex character that must reach the nose use a wide mouthed Cocktail Glass.
    C. Red Wine Glasses for cocktails that have a Red Wine as the base spirit. Red Wine Glasses have a wider mouth and a long stem, so that the wine can be swirled an aerated to release the aroma while the long stem keeps the fingers away and avoid quick warming of the wine.
    D. White Wine Glasses for cocktails with a White Wine base, since White Wines must not be aerated as much as a Red Wines, since they oxidise fast when in contact with air, White Wine glassware, in contrast to the wide mouthed bowl of a Red Wine Glassware, is narrow with a narrow mouth. A White Wine has much lighter and delicate notes and the narrow mouth and less surface area in contact with air helps retain the aroma.
    E. If your cocktail is based on a Sparkling Wine like Champagne then a Flute Glass is more suitable since a Sparkling Wine is a White Wine with a secondary fermentation that produces the bubbles, and the narrow mouth flute prevents the bubbles from escaping.
    F. If it's winter and you are in the mood for some hot cocktails like the Irish Coffee or Hot Toddy, go for the Irish Coffee Glass, it has a heat resistant glass and a handle.
    G. Martini Glasses for Martinis or "Tinis" in general, but since these glasses have fallen off of favour these days, a Cocktail Glass will be good too.
    H. IF you are serving Margaritas, don't look for Margarita Glass if you don't have one at home, Double Old Fashioned Glass or other glasses are more common these days, for serving Margaritas.
    I. If you are the adventurous one, and are serving shots or shooters, of course the Shot Glass is your choice of glass,
    J. Finally, if you are going all out and serving depth charges and car bomb shots, all you need is a Double Old Fashioned Glass or a Beer Mug for the beer and a shot glass to drop the bomb in.


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  • Peach Schnapps Preferably Hiram Walker Peach Schnapps
  • Butter Nips Liqueur (Butterscotch Schnapps)
  • Quetsch Plum Liqueur
  • Olive Juice A Little More Or Less To Taste
  • El Presidente Tequila
  • Of Green Tea
  • Fresh Lime Cut
  • Chilled Beer
  • Bulmers Pear Cider
  • Cola Optional
  • Vodka, Lime Finlandia Lime
  • Pineapple Sherbet
  • Fruit Punch
  • Prepared Kool
  • Vanilla Bean Ice Cream, Other
  • Ice01 Peppermint Schnapps
  • Cabana Boy Vanilla Spice Rum
  • Brandy, Apricot.
  • Svedka Vodka
  • Forbidden Fruit Liqueur
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