Monday, February 22, 2010

Happy National Margarita Day!

There are many claims to the invention of the Margarita, the most popular mixed drink ordered in 2008 in the U.S. (representing 18% of all mixed drink sales in the U.S.). It is definitely one of the most famous tequila cocktails recipes.

But the origin of the cocktail is actually unknown. There are claims that a Dallas socialite, named Margarita Sames, created this drink during a party at her vacation home in Acapulco, Mexico. Others believe that Carlos Herrera is the inventor of the Margarita.

Despite of knowing who created this refreshing drink, I would like to know how can something so simple taste so good? A little salt around the rim, a blend of citrus fruit juice and tequila and olé! You have made yourself a wonderful margarita!

When I educated myself a little bit on the art of making the perfect Margarita, I learned that traditionally there are three basic ingredients: tequila, orange liqueur and lime juice. Obviously, good quality ingredients make a better Margarita.

In my opinion, colorless or “blanca” tequilas have a smoother taste than the gold. Also, you should use fresh squeezed lime juice. The limes should be ripe, juicy and soft. Finally, the most appropriate type of salt is considered to be the coarse kosher salt.

I have a great Margarita recipe for two:

Margarita on the Rocks


¾ cup of tequila
¼ cup of triple sec
¼ cup of fresh squeezed of lime juice
1 tablespoon of fresh squeezed lemon juice
Coarse kosher salt
Lime wedge
Ice cubes
2 packets of sweetener (optional)

Add the tequila, orange liqueur, fruit juices and sweetener in a cocktail shaker half filled with ice cubes. Close it and shake well for about 1 minute.

Moisten the rim of the glass with lime and then salt it. Fill half of the two cocktail glasses with ice. Pour the mixed drink into cocktail glasses and enjoy!


  1. i used to love drinking margaritas in my bar crawling days. havent had a tasty cocktail in ages, i do look forward to having something nice like that when i've had my baby :)