Drink Recipe:: Margarita

by Negronis Greg

Ah, the classic Margarita – a refreshing cocktail that always hits the spot on a hot day. Let me tell you a bit about the history and ingredients of this popular drink, as well as share with you some tips on where to find the best ones.

Originating in Mexico in the 1930s or 1940s, the Margarita is a cocktail made with tequila, triple sec, and lime juice. The story goes that a socialite named Margarita Sames created the drink for her guests at a party in Acapulco, using the ingredients she had on hand – tequila, Cointreau, and lime juice. It quickly became popular and spread throughout Mexico, eventually making its way to the United States.

Today, the Margarita is a staple in bars all over the world, with many variations and creative twists on the classic recipe. But for a traditional Margarita, you'll need:

  • 2 oz. tequila
  • 1 oz. lime juice
  • 1 oz. triple sec or Cointreau
  • Salt for rimming (optional)
  • Lime wedge for garnish

To make it, shake the tequila, lime juice, and triple sec with ice and strain into a salt-rimmed glass filled with ice. Garnish with a lime wedge and enjoy!

Now, when it comes to finding the best Margaritas, it really depends on your personal taste. Some like their Margaritas strong and simple, while others prefer them fruity and frozen. However, I do have some favorites that I highly recommend:

  • La Cava del Tequila at Epcot in Walt Disney World – This hidden gem has over 200 tequilas to choose from and serves up some of the best Margaritas around.
  • Tommy's Mexican Restaurant in San Francisco – This family-owned restaurant is known for their award-winning Margaritas made with fresh lime juice and organic agave nectar.
  • El Camino in Louisville, KY – This trendy spot offers creative Margarita flavors like Cucumber Jalapeño and Blackberry Mint, as well as a classic version made with freshly squeezed lime juice.

In my opinion, Margaritas pair perfectly with Mexican food – think tacos, chips and guac, and spicy salsas. But they also go well with grilled seafood or a light summer salad.

So there you have it – the history, ingredients, and some recommendations for the perfect Margarita. Whether you prefer yours on the rocks or frozen, with salt or without, one thing is for sure – the Margarita is a classic cocktail that will always be a crowd-pleaser.

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