This year, Friday, February 22nd, has been declared ‘National Margarita Day’.
Why even wait that long?
To me a Margarita is like drinking a Mint Julip on Kentucky Derby day or a Hurricane on Mardi Gras day.
To this day, the history of the Margarita is still uncertain.
There are many theories, stories and possibilities as to who and when this drink was invented. The story that I like best gives credit to a wealthy Dallas socialite named, you guessed it, ‘Margarita’ Sames.
Legend has it that when Margarita vacationed at her home in Acapulco, her favorite party game was to duck behind the bar and mix up all kinds of drinks for her guests. She used whatever liquor that was available.
During her legendary Christmas party in 1948, Margarita mixed together, Tequila, Cointreau and lime juice.
The result was immediate success.
Her friends spread the news of their favorite new drink, the ‘Margarita’.
Today, 185,000 Margaritas are consumed daily in America.
The classic Margarita is made with the same ingredients as ‘Margarita’ Sames.
2 ounces Tequila (I use Quinta de Gomez)
1 ounces lime juice
1 ounce Tequila Bianco (Quinta de Gomez)
½ ounce lime juice
Prosecco, Cava or Champagne, 1 flute
3 dashes Peychaud’s bitters
Shake all tequila, Cointreau and lime with ice and strain into a chilled flute. Top with sparkling wine and bitters.
1 ounce Cointreau
¾ ounce lime juice
Always remember to use Cointreau, never Triple Sec.
It will be a night to remember.