The History of the Margarita

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The margarita is one of the best drinks to go with Mexican food we know of. Although you may order it every time you come in to see us, and you love it, you may not know its history. Here is a brief history of the margarita. 

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History and Concoction of the Margarita

No one knows for sure exactly when or who invented the margarita. The most common story is that in 1938, a Mexican restaurant owner made it for a Ziegfeld girl, because she would only drink tequila, but she wanted a fruity drink. Another story is that a Texas socialite named Margaret made it for friends at her home in Mexico, and named it after herself (Margaritas). 

The first margarita recipes had a concoction of tequila, orange liqueur, lime juice, and soda. This drink used to be called the Daisy, and the word “margarita” is Spanish for daisy. Most margaritas now have a mixture of blanco tequila or reposado, lime juice, and orange liqueur. Many people today love frozen margaritas, which came into fashion in the 1970s in Dallas, Texas, with the invention of the margarita machine. 

The most famous current version of the margarita comes from Tommy’s Mexican Restaurant in San Francisco. First, you need coarse salt (some people prefer sugar) that coats the rim of the glass. You then add 2 ounces of blanco tequila, 1 ounce of lime juice, and 1 ounce of agave nectar instead of the orange liqueur. Shake well, and pour over ice. If you are making a frozen tequila, you blend these ingredients with ice in a blender. You may want to add one or two of your favorite fruits to make fruit margaritas. Popular fruit margaritas include strawberry, mango, passion fruit, and even pomegranate. 

When you’re ready for an amazing margarita, be sure and come by to see us for the best margarita on the planet. We’re located at 8389 South Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, Florida, 34238. You can also give us a call at 941.217.4536.

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