Mexican Drinks – How to Make a Margarita
You will need a good quality tequila such as Agave tequila, an orange liqueur like Cointreau, Grand Marnier, or Triple Sec, freshly squeezed lime juice, ice, and coarse salt. Moisten the rim of your glass with the lime juice and dip it in the salt.
Fill the glass with ice cubes. Add 3 parts of tequila, 2 parts of orange liqueur and 1 part of fresh lime juice to an ice-filled cocktail shaker and shake until the shaker is coated with condensation. Alternatively, you can put the ingredients into a blender for 30 seconds. Pour the contents into your salt-rimmed glass. Garnish with a slice of lime and chill out with this aperitif before you enjoy your meal. Or even while you make it if you happen to be the chef!
This History of Margarita
Margaret ‘Margarita’ Sames is credited with inventing the margarita cocktail. This wealthy, 35-year old Dallas socialite came up with the drink in 1948, after inviting some friends to visit them and wanting to make something refreshing to enjoy poolside, instead of the usual cocktails. Since she loved tequila, she decided to combine that spirit with Cointreau and lime juice. At the time, tequila only came in a shot glass with salt and lime on the side, so this was a brand new way of serving it.
The first recipe featured grenadine and was without the lime, and not using a salted glass, although the recipe changed as Margaret experimented further, until the flavor was perfect. Known at the time as ‘Margarita’s Drink’ Margaret’s husband gave her some champagne glasses with her name etched on, and the drink was then properly named. Friends of the couple spread the recipe around, and hotels and bars picked it up, and its popularity grew.
Fun Facts about Margarita
Did you know the first frozen margarita was made in 1971, or that February 22 is National Margarita Day? Today there are lots of margarita versions, such as watermelon margarita. 185,000 margarita cocktails are enjoyed every hour by Americans, on average, and just under 35% of those sales are in the South. Florida, Texas, North Carolina and Alabama are the top consumers of this beverage.
The margarita was the top-selling mixed drink in 2010, doing better than vodka tonic, rum and coke, and martini. The number 1 tequila market is the United States, but bear in mind there are 3 times as many people in the US as in Mexico. If you are looking for something refreshing and delicious to serve with your Mexican food, but you are not in the mood for beer or wine, why not consider learning how to make margaritas, and you can really wow your dinner guests. Another idea is to present margaritas to your guests when they arrive and then serve beer, wine or something non-alcoholic with the meal.
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