“Wasted away again in Margaritaville…” ~ Jimmy Buffet
The Margarita is said to be the most common tequila based cocktail served in the United States.
Five things to know about Margaritas!
- The original recipe for the Margarita is equal parts tequila, orange liquor and lime, served in a salt-rimmed glass over ice.
- It has been said that the Margarita is a version of a prohibition drink called the Daisy, a drink on Mexican border towns substitutes brandy with tequila. In Spanish, Margarita means Daisy.
- One of the earliest stories is of the Margarita being invented in 1938 by Carlos “Danny” Herrera at his restaurant Rancho La Gloria, halfway between Tijuana and Rosarito, Mexico, created for customer and former Ziegfeld dancer Marjorie King, who was allergic to many spirits, but not to tequila.
- Authentic Margaritas are made with Key Limes. They are smaller more tart limes, with thin skin.
- The International Bartenders Association’s (IBA), official recipe for the margarita is 50% tequila, 29% Cointreau and 21% fresh lime or lemon juice.