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How to prepare the Margarita cocktail, the most classic tequila combination

21 mayo, 2021

The Margarita is a cocktail made from tequila, triple sec and lime juice served in bars around the world. It is, without a doubt, one of the combinations that any bartender worth its salt, but anyone can prepare it at home following some simple rules.

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As with most cocktails, its history is controversial. The most widespread legend says that he invented it Carlos ‘Anny’ Herrera at his Rancho La Gloria restaurant, halfway between Tijuana and Rosarito, to please the former dancer Marjorie king, who only drank tequila. Others place his birth in Ensenada, Ciudad Juárez, El Paso or Acapulco, always to please a girl named Margarita. But, without being a spoilsport, the combination was most likely not even invented in Mexico.

Marjorie king The dancer Marjorie King.

As the magazine points out Imbibe, it is hard to believe that a Mexican invented this drink, since Mexico has never had a cocktail culture and, even to this day, no one who is not a tourist drinks margaritas.

The first written reference to the popular cocktail dates from 1953

Probably, like most cocktails, the Margarita must have been born in the US, in times of prohibition, when a cocktail known as Daisy (which is nothing more than “margarita” in English), very similar, but with brandy instead of tequila.

Be that as it may, the truth is that the first written reference to the popular cocktail dates back to 1953, when the magazine Esquire I dedicate an article to him, in which he baptized him as a “exciting and provocative” drink. It was around this time that it must have spread throughout the world.

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What alcohol to choose

Although cocktails were probably born to make drinkable undrinkable liqueurs, The truth is that they improve a lot with a quality alcohol, something that also ensures us not to have a level hangover Hemingway.

We highly recommend running away from the typical white bottle tequila of the patron saint festivities

In our case we have opted for an exquisite Don Julio reposado tequila, although it can be made with lower level distillates. We only highly recommend running away from the typical white bottle tequila of patron saint festivities. The most popular triple sec is Cointreau, which in fact owes its name to the inventor of this orange peel distillate, Edouard Cointreau, but any other can be used – we did this with the Larios classic. And, although limes are essential in the original recipe, the world is not going to end if you use lemon.

The Margarita does not have an exact recipe. The proportions vary according to the source consulted, although, in general, more tequila is added than triple sec and lime juice. In our case, triple, but just add two measures. Matter of taste.


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First of all, we must prepare the glasses in which we are going to serve the cocktail. La Margarita is one of those cocktails that has a cup that bears his name, with which we were lucky to have, but it can be prepared in conventional cocktail glasses or in the typical wide champagne so in disuse. Be that as it may, we must pass the file over the rim of the glass and place this face down on a plate with salt, to achieve the mythical saline edge that characterizes the cocktail.

Once we have the glasses ready, with the help of the measuring glass we pour the freshly squeezed lime juice, the tequila, and the triple sec into the shaker (in this order, since the “diluents” are always placed first). Then we add four or five ice cubes –Preferably industrial, to avoid bad smells from the fridge. We cover and shake the shaker for 15 seconds, serving the cocktail with the help of the filter of the shaker itself or the strainer.

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With what to accompany the Margarita

Cocktails are traditionally served without any accompaniment, although there are those who will always appreciate some nuts. In the case of a festive moment, the most important thing, perhaps, is to choose a good album with which to drink the Margarita. Our selection: the LP that Laurel aitken, considered the godfather of ska, recorded in 1999 recreating some of the biggest hits in Latin music.

It goes without saying that the Margarita, like all cocktails, it has a huge amount of alcohol. One is enough, two a lot and three crawls out. He who warns is not a traitor.

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