February 22nd is National Margarita Day.
Many people have claimed to be the creator of this popular cocktail. One of the earliest stories comes from 1938 at the Rancho La Gloria Hotel (halfway between Tijuana and Rosarito, Mexico). Carlos “Danny” Herrera created it for a former Ziegfeld dancer named Marjorie King.
The International Bartenders Association (IBA) Official list of Cocktails standard for a margarita is 7:4:3. That’s 50% tequila, 29% Cointreau, 21% fresh lime or lemon juice. It is often served in a special margarita glass with salt on the rim. The drink is served shaken with ice, on the rocks, blended with ice (frozen margarita) or without ice (straight up).
There is the basic margarita, a blue margarita (made with blue curaçao), and there are a plethora of fruity flavors.
Basic Margarita Recipe
1-1/2 oz. Tequila
3/4 oz. Triple Sec (or Cointreau)
splash of Sour Mix
dash of fresh lime juice
Combine ingredients and shake. Pour into a salt-rimmed glass with ice or strain to serve up. Garnish with a lime wedge.
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