Where Did Margarita Come From?

February 23, 2012 9:00 PM EST
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Where did Margarita come from?

There is no solid proof who "invented" the Margarita. The most accepted of all stories is that the Margarita was invented in October 1941, at Hussong's Cantina in Ensenada, Mexico, by bartender Don Carlos Orozco. One slow afternoon, Don Carlos was experimenting with mixing new drinks when a prestigious visitor arrived: Margarita Henkel, the daughter of a German ambassador, who lived with her husband Roy Parodi near the city in Rancho Hamilton. Don Carlos offered the drink to Margarita, and named it after her for being the first person to taste it. He concocted a mixture of equal parts tequila, orange liqueur and lime, served over ice in a salt-rimmed glass.

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However it came about, the margarita has since taken off. The ubiquitous cocktail can be found in cheesy chain restaurants, laid-back cantinas and haute hotel bars, whether on the rocks with a salted rim, in a frozen slush, mixed up with seasonal produce or updated with modernist flourishes.

Everyone knows the Margarita, that refreshing drink that can be made in so many ways, take on many personalities and the must have summer cocktail. The Margarita is one of the most popular cocktails in North America and shows no signs of slowing down. There are a number of variations to the Margarita, so you're sure to find one that is just right for you. There are three basic ways you can serve this cocktail: neat (as in this recipe), on the rocks, or frozen. The next question is, salt, sugar or nothing on the rim of your glass. The possibilities really are endless.

Would you like to make one tonight?


1 1/2 oz tequila
1/2 oz triple sec
dash of lemon or lime juice
3 oz sour mix
lime wedge for garnish
salt or sugar to rim the glass (optional)


1.Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice cubes.
2.Shake well.
3.If desired, salt the rim of a chilled margarita glass.
4.Pour contents, with ice, into the glass.
5.Garnish with the lime wedge.


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