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A great Margarita Cocktail consist of just three simple ingredients; Tequila, Triple Sec (Cointreau for example) and Lime juice.  Sometimes sugar syrup may be added for a touch more sweetness. For added 'authenticity',  the Margarita glass is rimmed with salt to add to the overall effect.

The Margarita is one of the most refreshing classic Cocktails of all time; The Tequila, the lime juice and Cointreau just scream Mexico, sombreros and brightly coloured ponchos.

There are many variations and versions of the Margarita.  This is the classic version.  Let us know which one you'd like?

  • 1x 1/2 Shot Tequila
  • 1x Shot Cointreau (Triple Sec)
  • 1x Shot Freshly squeezed lime juice
How to make one: 
  1. Pour all the ingredients into a Boston shaker over ice
  2. Shake well
  3. Then strain into a Margarita glass rimmed with salt

Whom actually created the first Margarita is unclear and unknown  There are many theories.One thing is certain,  it was invented around the late 1930's / early 1940's.

It is said it was first created by Carlos "Danny" Herrera at his restaurant Rancho La Gloria in Mexico in 1938. In Mixology mythology it has also been cited that the creator was one Don Carlos Orozco, a bartender from Hussong's Cantina in Ensenada, Mexico. Another claim to fame is Francisco "Pancho" Morales who is said to have created it in El Paso-Juarez around 1942. Who knows?  What we do know, is that it is one fine Cocktail that would not go amiss at any party north or south of the border.

One of the most interesting things to try (if you can) is to get hold of different types of limes for a Margarita. In Mexico, the most prolific lime used is the Key Lime.  In the USA the most common is the Persian lime.  In the UK, limes are not grown for consumption and are thus flown-in but not from one single destination.  The UK typically obtains its limes from Brazil, The Caribbean and Egypt. The thinner the skin, the softer the taste, which will naturally determine the overall flavour of the Cocktail. Experiment.

Glassware For This Cocktail

Coupe - Champagne Saucer
This Cocktail glass also known as "The Champagne saucer glass" was first created and used widely in the 1930's. Characterized by a tall stem and wide bowl. The Cocktail drinker's nose inhales the aroma, fragrance and bouquet of the cocktail - be it heady or delicate from the expansive bowl. The Coupe Cocktail glass was the original Champagne glass for literally the first half of the 20th century before the Champagne flute became popular in the 1950's and 1960's and subsequently took over as the glass to drink Champagne.  
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