Of the hundreds of creation myths for the classic margarita (who wouldn’t want the cred for this highly sought-after drink?), the most widely accepted story is of Francisco “Pancho” Morales in 1942 who formulated a drink for a customer at his bar who ordered a Magnolia, something Morales had no idea how to make. Instead of admitting to his ignorance, Morales’s bartender pride prompted him to mix together the best tequila he had, juice from his freshest lime, and a dash of his favorite triple sec. He finished the drink off with a salted rim. Needless to say, the customer loved it. Nowadays, many people add agave syrup to sweeten it up, along with a extra slice of lime to garnish. Since that fateful day in 1942 when Morales created the classic margarita, lovers everywhere have made the margarita their own – creating everything from fruity, blackberry-grapefruit margaritas to spicy, apricot ones. Margaritas are so widely enjoyed that you can get them almost anywhere. On Cinco de Mayo they’re even more popular, with many Americans consuming a margarita (or three) to celebrate. According to the Daily Meal, margaritas accounted for 47% of cocktails sold on Cinco de Mayo and, unsurprisingly, the United States consumes twice as much tequila as the country that invented it, Mexico.
2 parts of a good tequila of choice
1 part fresh lime juice
1 parts triple sec
Agave syrup (to taste)
Lime for garnish
Salt for rim
– In a cocktail shaker, add ice, tequila, triple sec and fresh lime juice and agave syrup to taste.
– Shake well!
– Run lime wedge around the rim of glass then dip the glass into salt. Add ice to the glass and strain in contents of the shaker.
-Garnish the glass with a lime wedge and enjoy!