Weekend is round the corner! What a time to talk briefly about the history of Classical Margarita. To begin with, who hasn’t heard of this cocktail? Ask a teetotaler for a name of any cocktail, and there is a very high probability that he/she might say martini or margarita.
The origins of classic margarita can be dated back to 1938. Carlos “Danny” Herrera, a Mexican and a restaurant owner, created the first known margarita mixture for his regular customer since the customer was allergic to a majority of available spirits with the exception of tequila. Yup, back in that time, owners did care for their customers and went to great lengths for customer satisfaction.
Another very commonly accepted origin story is that, in 1941, a bartender (another Mexican!!) served an experimental alcoholic drink to Margarita Henkel, daughter of the then German ambassador. Since the lady was the first one to taste the creation, hence the name “Margarita” was born. The experimental drink served by the bartender was made by mixing tequila, naranja, and lime in equal parts, and served in salt-rimmed glass. Hence, officially this ratio (1:1:1) is considered to be the original margarita ratio. For those who haven’t tried this particular margarita version, let me tell you that it’s quite sore and not really that fun to drink. Again, that’s my personal view.
The classic margarita started gaining popularity when Esquire Magazine carried the first published recipe of the drink in its December 1953 issue, and called it the “Drink of the month”. The famous song “Margaritaville” is responsible for further bumping its popularity. This song is by Jimmy Buffet and came in 1977. Jimmy Buffet now owns a chain of restaurants and cafes by the name of Margaritaville. And ironically, they aren’t popular for Margarita.
At present, margarita comes in all kinds of flavors and colors. These modern versions differ very greatly from the traditional one. Coming to technicality, IBA defines a margarita as having 50% tequila, 29% Cointreau (or triple sec), and 21% fresh lime juice. Officially, that’s a ratio of 7:4:3. But globally, ratios vary, that too a lot.
That’s it from me about Classical Margarita. Stay tuned for brief history of other classical cocktails.