Our drink of the week is the Classic margarita on the rocks. Refreshing as much as it can be, the drink gives us a cool flavor to the hot beach days.Therefore, we will share some interesting facts and the recipe for the drink.
1. The first frozen Margarita machine was invented in 1971.
The origins of the cocktail are unclear, but the origins of the machine are pretty straightforward: Mariano Martinez invented the frozen margarita machine in the early ’70s. The 26-year-old Dallas restaurateur was having trouble creating the frozen drink for customers. In addition, bartenders complained they took too long, and customers thought ice melted too quickly.
2. The salt is important.
The salt is there to bring out the sweet and sour flavors of the margarita , so even just a pinch will help subdue the bitterness and enhance the important flavors. On top of this, salt intensifies the drinker’s perception of the drink’s aromas, making the flavors even more powerful.
3. Invention of the Margarita.
From local calls, Margarita was invented, at a party in Houston, Texas, by party goer Robert James “Rusty” Thomson while acting as bartender. So he concocted a mixture of equal parts tequila, orange liqueur, lime and crushed ice in a salt-rimmed glass.
4. Origin of the name.
One afternoon, Margarita Henkel, the daughter of the then German ambassador visited the cantina and Don Carlos who had been experimenting with drinks offered her one. The cocktail consisted of equal parts of tequila, also Mexican orange liqueur called Controy (aka Naranja in the United States), and lime, shaken and served over ice in a salt-rimmed glass. While she was the first to try the drink, Don Carlos decided to name it after her and the “Margarita” was born.
According to numerous studies, the cocktail had an amazing year in 2008 when it got the reputation of the most popular drink, representing 18% out of the sales of mixed drinks. To be precise, this is still one of the most famous cocktail drinks around the world.
Recipe for Classic Margarita:
- Lime wedge, plus 2 lime wheels for garnish
- 1 tablespoon coarse salt, for glass rims
- 4 ounces high quality blanco tequila (see note above)
- 2 ounces Cointreau
- 1 1/2 ounces fresh juice from 2 limes