February 22nd is World Margarita Day. With its sweet, lemony, and bitter flavors, the Margarita has been seducing cocktail lovers for over half a century. But, do you know the origins and secrets of this cocktail? Although Mexico is the country of preference, one no longer counts the bars and the sector’s professionals claiming the paternity of this cocktail recipe.
What are the origins of the cocktail?
There are many stories associated with the creation of the Margarita today. One version claims that the original Margarita was created in 1948. Indeed, according to some specialists, it would be an American woman, Margaret Sames. At that time, she served her guests and friends from all over the world a drink made of tequila, triple sec, and fresh lime juice. She then settled in Acapulco in Mexico, and the Margarita in its classic form would be born. Her guests named the cocktail after her first name in Spanish: Margarita.
Another version suggests that the name comes from the Spanish translation of Daisy, a cocktail popular in America in the 1930s, made with whiskey, lemon, grenadine, orange liqueur, and soda water. At the time, Americans traveling to Mexico were served a Margarita when they asked for the Daisy cocktail.
What are the ingredients of this famous cocktail?
It’s It’s easy to make a list of the ingredients. The cocktail is composed of lemon juice and triple sec, orange peel liqueur, like Cointreau. But what is the other alcohol used in the Margarita? Apart from triple sec, the Margarita cocktail also contains tequila, a spirit produced in Mexico by distilling the fruits of the agave.
The classic Margarita recipe:
– 40 ml Tequila
– 20 ml Triple Sec
– 20 ml Lime Juice
– Ice cube
– Lime for decoration
Pour tequila, triple sec, lemon juice, and add ice cubes in a cocktail shaker. Close the shaker and shake well. Rub the quarter lime on the rim of a margarita glass. Then dip the rim of the glass in fine salt to “frost” the glass. Pour the cocktail into the glass, garnish with a lime slice, and your Margarita is ready!
Various cocktail recipes:
The Winter Margarita:
This spicy and tangy version of the Cinnamon and Passion Fruit Margarita makes a delicious and original drink.
Mix all the ingredients in a shaker, shake and strain the cocktail into pretty glasses frosted with Guérande salt. Decorate with a slice of orange and a cinnamon stick for a touch of Christmas cheer.
– 30 ml Cointreau
– 50 ml of Tequila Blanco
– 20 ml Fresh Passion Fruit Juice
– 5 ml Cinnamon Syrup
Strawberry Mango Margaritas:
This fruity version of the Strawberry Mango Margarita is a fresh, full-flavored drink.
Blend the strawberries, mango, lime juice, and chili in a food processor until smooth. Fill your shaker with ice and pour in the fruit mixture; add the triple sec and tequila. Shake well, then strain into chilled cups. Add decoration if necessary!
– 80g Strawberries, hulled
– ¼ of Mango, cut into pieces
– 1/3 Juice of a Lime
– 1/5 Long Green Chili, seeded and finely chopped
– 10ml Triple Sec
– 30ml Tequila