Classic American or Mexican Cocktails: The Margarita

The Margarita is a popular cocktail throughout northern America and Europe. It combines tangy lime, sweet French orange liqueur, the strength of tequila with the salt from the rim of the glass.

Like most cocktails with tequilla, created before the 1950s, someone claims that it was invented in Mexico to make it sound more exotic. Some guess that it was created in the USA and marketed as Mexican by advertising executives for a drinks company.

The first reference to Margarita, in 1945, was made by tequila brand Jose Cuervo. It had been running an advertising campaign promoting the drink in the USA, saying: “Margarita: It’s more than a girl’s name.”

Despite disagreements about the drinks origins, the margarita is a superb cocktail.
It is a unique balance of four of the five human tastes: the saltiness of the glass rim, the sweetness of Mexican agave, the bitterness of tequila, and the sourness of lime.

Vital Ingredients

60ml tequila reposado or blanco
60ml lime juice
30ml triple sec, Cointreau or Grand Marnier

To Garnish

Salt
2 lime wedges

Method of Preparation

STEP One

Sprinkle a few teaspoons of salt on the surface of a plate or saucer. Rub one wedge of lime right along the rim of a glass tumbler and then dip it into the salt so that all the rim is covered.

STEP Two

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice, then add the tequila, lime juice and triple sec (Cointreau or Grand Marnier). Shake until the outside of the shaker feels colder.

STEP Three

Strain the mix into the prepared glass, with the salted rim, over fresh ice. Serve with a wedge or segment of lime.

Margarita Facts & Figures – Loved in New Hampshire, Missouri and Texas

According to the latest Google Trends research, March 2020 to March 2021, people used cocktails to cheer themselves up during the Covid-19 pandemic. Those locked down at home, searched Google for “Margarita”, “Margarita cocktails”, and other cocktails that you can easily make at home, and the number of such searches massively increased in the USA over the past year.

Out of the 50 American states, three states favored the Margarita above all other cocktails, and the summer cocktail made with lime juice and tequila was found to be the most popular with stay at home drinkers in New Hampshire, Missouri, and Texas, during the Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter months of the pandemic.