Oh the smell and taste of a great margarita. Mexico is famous for this limey-salty-sweet tequila based drink that takes you to the beach after every sip.
But the history of the margarita is not as cut and dry as the drink. There are three people who claim to have invented the Margarita and their stories stretch over a decade from 1938 t 1948.
The first inventor is thought to be a Mexican bar owner outside Tijuana, where he mixed the lime, salt and tequila into a cocktail for a finicky client. His client was allergic to all alcohol except tequila. The challenge was to create a great cocktail, not just serve a shot of tequila. By adding a bit of orange liquor – Contreau – his client fell in love with the slightly sweet line cocktail that was rimmed with salt. Dainty but delicious. The clients name was not Margarita, but if it was, this could be the real story of how the margarita came about.
In 1945 Jose Cuevo Tequila ran an ad campaign on their bottles sold in the US introducing the new imported tequila to America. Margarita – not just another Girl’s name – was the tagline for Cuevo Tequila cocktail and people started mixing and drinking this new fashionable recipe.
In 1948 a Dallas woman named Margarita claimed to have created the cocktail for one of her parties, three years after Jose Cuevo introduced their signature cocktail to the US.
Salt helps to even out the sweetness of the orange liqueur, the sourness of the lime and the bitterness of the tequila.
The margarita is truly a test of all your taste buds, running through the sweet, bitter, sour, bitter and umami/savory (coming from the fermentation of the tequila) and finally salty, hitting all the basic taste sensations.
A basic margarita is 50% tequila, 25% lime and 25% sweet (the orange liqueur). Add some ice, salt the rim and you have the perfect balance.
The new Grapefruit Margarita has shaken up this recipe a little using a bit more grapefruit juice in the recipe
2 ounces tequila
1 ounce of fresh grapefruit juice
3/4 ounce orange liqueur
Pour all ingredients in a shaker, add ice, shake and pour into a salted rimmed cocktail highball glass. If you are not a fan of the salted rim, be sure to add a pinch of salt to the ingredients in the shaker as this flavor is essential to your margarita.
Note: Some people are adding a slice of jalapeno pepper to spice this drink up just a bit!
Check out this other Margarita recipe that we have shared with others on the beach, time and time again.