But first, let’s learn some fun facts about Mexican margaritas.
It’s not actually clear who invented the margarita – or if margaritas are really Mexican.
Margarita Sames, a Dallas socialite, swore that she first created the drink for guests at her Acapulco holiday home in 1948. Then her buddy Tommy Hilton added the drink to his Hilton hotel bar menus.
But the more widely accepted story goes that Carlos “Danny” Herrera whipped up the cocktail back in 1938 for a beautiful Ziegfeld showgirl, Marjorie King, at his Rancho La Gloria restaurant in Tijuana.
She apparently was allergic to all alcohol except tequila, but didn’t want to drink it straight.
Ahhh, the classic margarita! Think of it as the refined version of the original margarita concocted by Hererra back in 1938 in his Mexican restaurant.
It’s the most popular of all Mexican margaritas.
And it’s soooo easy to make. Ask any margarita purist, and they’ll tell you the classic margarita recipe only requires three ingredients – tequila, orange liqueur (like Cointreau or Triple Sec) and fresh-squeezed lime juice.
Serve it on the rocks in a ratio of 3-2-1, the perfect proportions, whether mixing for 2 people or 20.
Want a Cadillac margarita? It’s the “premium” version. The Cadillac margarita recipe calls for a top-shelf tequila and Grand Marnier (a mix of cognac, distilled bitter orange essence and sugar) instead of Triple Sec.
If you find mango margaritas a little too sweet for your taste, try this spicy pineapple jalapeno margarita. Crushed jalapeno infuses a touch of heat, which tempers the naturally sweet flavor of the pineapple and orange juices.
Don’t forget to rim the edge of the glass with salt and chile for an extra dash of spice!
Who knew you could make a margarita from apple juice?
A great cocktail for fall, this recipe calls for mezcal, apple juice, lime juice and a dash of cinnamon. (Mezcal is made from the same agave plant as tequila, but the agave is typically roasted in a fire pit, which gives it a smoky savory flavor.)
Cinnamon stir sticks and apple slices make the perfect garnish.
And now we come full circle (almost), back to original Mexican margaritas, with this simple margarita recipe.
This lime margarita is quick and easy to make – and will have you dreaming of being back on the beach in Mexico in no time.
Now you know the best margarita recipes
As you can tell, there’s a margarita for everyone!
From authentic Mexican margarita recipes to the trendy, these are sure to become your new favorite Mexican cocktails.
Let us know in the Comments below which ones you like best.
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