Margarita Anyone? Of Course!

margarita, tequila, alexander perezBy Alexander Perez | 06.02.10

Aahh… the so enticing Margarita. Just pronouncing it – mar-ga-rita – brings a smile to your face. It conjures thoughts of chips and salsa, fresh home made tortillas, mariachis and good times. It is, after all Americas most popular cocktail. So much so that we even have a National Margarita Day. Now you don’t need to wait for a special holiday or occasion to mix one up. Why not bring out the bartender in you and try making one at home. Its easier then you think.

Yes there are quite a few Margarita recipes out there. You have your Blue, Golden, Frozen, Strawberry, Banana and Mango Margarita. But nothing beats an original Margarita from scratch. I guarantee your guests will come back for more.

crystal light, margarita, mix, tequila, tequila aficionado, sugar free, dietI always use fresh ingredients and serve it on the rocks never blended. Just fresh squeezed key limes (2 oz), simple syrup (1oz), Triple Sec (1/2oz), and of course a 100 percent blue agave blanco tequila (1 ½ – 2 oz). Shake it in a shaker with ice and pour it in a salt rimmed glass over ice. Make it a Cadillac Margarita with a splash of Grand Marnier or Patron Citronage. Never use mix or sweet and sour. Once you try it fresh I promise you’ll never go back to mix. I rather get cramps in my hands from squeezing a hundred limes for my guests then using bottled mix. Believe me I’ve broken a few lime squeezers in my Liquid Lab (my kitchen).

To make simple syrup just boil 2 cups of sugar with 2 cups of water. Mix the sugar until the water is clear. Let it cool down, pour it in a bottle and place it in the fridge for your next Margarita. It will keep in your fridge for a month or more.

Here are some conversation pieces to share on your next Margarita party:

  • jose cuervo, tequila, margarita, mix, original, limeThe Margarita was the most popularly ordered drink in 2008, representing 18 percent of all mixed drink sales in the U.S., followed by the Martini, Rum and Coke, Vodka and Tonic, and the Cosmopolitan (Cheers On-Premise Handbook 2008)
  • On average, Americans consume 185,000 Margaritas per hour (Brown-Forman, 2008)
  • Atlanta, Miami, St. Louis and Nashville are among the best major metro cities for the Margarita (Cheers On-Premise Handbook 2008)The first frozen margarita machine was invented in 1971 and it was based off a soft-serve ice cream machine
  • The U.S. is the number one tequila market – larger and more important than Mexico (Cheers On-Premise Handbook 2008)
  • The only “officially recognized” margarita by the International Bartender’s Association is the version served on the rocks with a salt rim.
  • The South (Alabama, Florida, North Carolina, Texas, etc.) accounts for 34.9 percent of margarita sales. (Cheers On-Premise Handbook 2008)
  • There’s debate over who invented the margarita, but a popular story has it invented in 1948 by socialite Margarita Sames. According to the legend it was during a party at her cliff side hacienda in Acapulco, that Margarita began looking for something cool to cut the dust of a hot afternoon. So she experimented by mixing Tequila Herradura, Cointreau and fresh lime juice.

Alexander Perez is the founder of Tequila Aficionado.com having thought of the idea of a premium tequila and mezcal online magazine back in the early 1999. With an extensive background in wine and spirits, having been in the industries for many years, Alex fell in love with the under appreciated spirits of Mexico, Tequila and Mezcal. His mission: to educate the public on these fine spirits.

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Lisa Pietsch is the Chief Operations Officer of Tequila Aficionado Media, a USAF veteran, a multi-published novelist and freelance writer, a social media marketing consultant, and the mother of two boys. She has a passion for good tequila, foreign languages, and travel in all forms. Lisa currently makes her home in San Antonio, Texas.

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