In celebration of National Margarita Day, here’s your boozy history lesson! In 1937, the Cafe Royal incorporated a cocktail book that had a recipe for a Picador using the same amount of tequila, triple sec and lime juice as a Margarita. There is a very early story of the Margarita being invented in 1938 by Carlos Herrera at his restaurant Rancho La Gloria. He created this concoction for a customer who was allergic to a lot of spirits but not tequila. Whichever story is true, we love a refreshing Marg on a warm… no, let me correct myself, ANY day. The “Original Margarita” recipe given by Cointreau has 1 part white tequila, 1/2 part Cointreau and 1/2 part fresh lime juice. We believe the key ingredient is not only great tequila but the freshly squeezed lime juice!
Here’s a different version of the Margarita to try at home and impress your friends, family or just yourself:
Spicy Grapefruit Margarita- yield 1 drink
1 tsp agave nectar or 2 tsp simple syrup
1 oz freshly squeezed lime juice
2 oz grapefruit juice (you can use half of a grapefruit)
2 oz blanco/silver Tequila (1.5 oz if you like it less strong)
1 thinly sliced jalapeño
2 parts salt
1 part chili powder
Prepare your garnish and glass: On a flat plate, mix together salt and chili powder. Take your grapefruit slices (make sure you cut a small slice in the middle of each), lightly toss them in the sugar. Run your lime along the glass rim then roll it into your salt mixture.
In a cocktail shaker: add lime juice, agave nectar or simple syrup and jalapeños. Use a muddler to crush the jalapeños, pour in the grapefruit juice and tequila, top the shaker with ice and close. Shake your heart out!
Strain the mixture into your prepped glass. Garnish with your sugared grapefruit and enjoy!