The Margarita is cocktail number 51 on the Swank Cocktail Guide.
Margarita cocktail history
There are quite a few origination stories for the Margarita cocktail, which basically consists of tequila, lemon or lime juice, and Cointreau, which adds a touch of orange flavor.
So, let’s start with the main ingredient. Tequila is a distilled beverage that has been made for centuries from the blue agave plant in the region around the town of Tequila, Mexico. Mexican laws state that tequila can only be produced in the state of Jalisco and limited municipalities in the states of Guanajuato, Michoacán, Nayarit, and Tamaulipas.
The Margarita Daisy Theory
One theory is that the Margarita was an adaptation of the Brandy Daisy cocktail, which dates back to the late 1800s. The word margarita is Spanish for daisy.
Brandy Daisy cocktail
Gum syrup is similar to simple syrup, so the Brandy Daisy consisted of lemon juice, orange cordial, a sugary syrup, and brandy. That is very close to today’s Margarita.
As for the idea of using a different liquor in the same “daisy” drink, the same recipe book includes:
Gin Daisy cocktail
Ginger Daisy cocktail
Rum Daisy cocktail
By the 1930s, Tequila Daisies were making the news.
The Picador cocktail
In the Cafe Royal Cocktail Book, Coronation Edition, published in 1937, a recipe for the Picador cocktail appeared, which bore more than a strong resemblance to the Margarita.
1.4 fresh Lime or Lemon Juice
The Margarita: More Than A Girl’s Name
The first Jose Cuervo Margarita print ads began running in the 1940 with the tag line, “The Margarita: Its More Than Just A Girl’s Name.” Variations ran through the 1960s.
Margarita cocktail recipe
1 jigger Tequila, 1 jigger Cointreau, 1 jigger lemon juice. Add shaved ice. Shake well. Serve in salt rimmed Champagne glass.
- Hornitos Plata Tequila
- Fresh-squeezed lemon juice
We used our Hawaiian Shaved Ice and Snow Cone Machine to make shaved ice.
Margarita cocktail review
Our ratings (1-5 🍸)
We love Margaritas, although we never made them with lemon juice. We made the Swank version with shaved ice and lemon juice. The next day, we decided to make an easier version with crushed ice from the refrigerator and then substituted the lemon juice for lime juice. Both were divine. Our new method is 1/2 lemon juice and 1/2 lime juice. The best of both worlds!
Next up… Cocktail # 52, Martini (Dry)