Of all the cocktails, the margarita is my favourite, so I was pleasantly surprised to find that the 22nd of February was Margarita Day! Like any institutionalised cocktail, there is some squabble about who invented the margarita cocktail. Some say it was invented in Mexico in 1937 by Carols “Danny” Herrera who mixed it for a Ziegfeld dancer named Marjorie King who was allergic to everything but tequila. Others credit Dallas socialite Margarita Sames for blending it for guests at her Acapulco vacation home in 1948. Either way, it has a culturally rich history and is a versatile cocktail that has since been tinkered with to bring joy to many on a smouldering summer’s night.
The classic margarita, the best in my opinion, is a beautiful blend of tequila, triple sec, and lime juice, which, in my preference, should not be ‘frozen’ (Let it go! It’s a cocktail, not a slush puppy), but to each their own.
Herewith a great margarita recipe to kick off your attempt to make your own summer cocktails:
Classic Margarita Recipe:
20ml Triple Sec
35ml Fresh Lime Juice
Put all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker with some ice cubes and get your shake on. Yup, it’s really that simple. You want to cool the spirits down so that they blend evenly and give you a tart, refreshing wave that crashes over your tongue when you drink it.
But what of presentation? Well… cocktail glasses always lend a sense of occasion and, for the margarita, preparing them is easy: All you need to do is slightly wet the rim of the glass and turn it face down in some salt – this really cements the flavour of the entire cocktail.
Now, if margaritas seem too sour for your taste, you can always try a strawberry daiquiri or long island ice tea or even better: make up your own! There is an endless stream of fun drinks recipes on the internet that could keep you occupied for a good chunk of this season’s entertainment occasions. It’s summer, after all, and that means sunshine, cocktails, and in our case, a cabinet reshuffle. So, why not reshuffle your glasses cabinet too and make it cocktail ready?