How to make a Gin Margarita
Nobody is really sure where it was invented, there are loads of myths, but everyone agrees it was a product of American Prohibition (1920–1933) as people slipped across the border into Mexico for their drinks.
One story goes that the drink was first concocted by Mexican restaurant owner Carlos (Danny) Herrera in 1938 for gorgeous Ziegfeld showgirl Marjorie King. King was allergic to many forms of alcohol except tequila, but didn’t like to drink the stuff straight. Herrera supposedly solved the problem by adding salt and lime and creating the world’s first margarita.
Another is that it was named after actress Rita Hayworth (real name Margarita Cansino), who was offered one by an admiring bartender during a theatre gig in Tijuana in the 1940s. Or it could be that it was named after the singer Peggy Lee (Peggy is a nickname for Margaret so Margarita).
The more prosaic option is that it was created from the “Daisy” cocktail and the Spanish name of a daisy is margarita.
What is known is that it was being advertised in 1945 by the tequila brand Jose Cuervo with the slogan: "Margarita: It's more than a girl's name." The first know printed recipe was in Esquire magazine in 1953, although a 1930 cocktail called the Tequila Daisy was printed in a newspaper.
Wherever it was created it’s become a classic and was the most commonly ordered drink in the US in 2008.
- 50ml Gin
- 20ml Triple Sec (Cointreau or Grand Marnier work well too)
- 25ml lime juice
- Lime Wedges or slices
- Sprinkle a spoonful of salt onto a plate
- Rub a lime wedge around the rim of the glass and then dip it in the salt so the whole rim is covered
- Fill a cocktail shaker with ice, add the tequila, lime juice and triple sec
- Shake until the outside of the shaker feels cold
- Strain into the glass and serve with a wedge of lime