At the beach or on the terrace, the Margarita has been a favourite cocktail of amateurs (and mixologists) for over 80 years. With reason!
The popularity of Margarita is explained by its freshness and simplicity; it’s basically a mix of alcohols and citrus. Several historians maintain that the Margarita may be a tequila version of a famous Victorian cocktail, the Daisy, which combined a spirit, some lemon and syrup. In Spanish, the word Daisy translates as — drum rolls — Margarita!
The invention of this cocktail, forever associated with the hot beaches of South America, is also claimed by local mixologists. According to legend, one of them was inspired by a local beauty, Margarita Carmen Cansino, who eventually left Tijuana for Hollywood where she became better known as Rita Hayworth. A story worthy of the big screen.
Tequila or not?
Purists will tell you that a Margarita should be prepared with tequila distilled from Agave tequilana hearts, called “Blue Agave,” preferably a Blanco type tequila, which is not aged. The glass may be rimmed with salt, it’s a matter of individual taste.
Beyond the classic Margarita, there exist many variations today. You can flavour it with ginger or basil, add whole fruit or juice (strawberry, mango, melon, apple, etc.), use a tequila flavoured with jalapeno or even replace it with Curaçao for a blue version. In summer, the great classic remains the Frozen Margarita with its slushy vibe. Simply irresistible!