Margarita: Recipe, Ingredients & History of the Cocktail

The Margarita is one of the most beloved international after-dinner cocktails. The history of this cocktail is shrouded in legend. There is no official date of birth, though it probably dates back to the thirties and forties, nor it has a certain place, which is contested between Tijuana, Mexico and San Diego in California, the nearest American city on the border.

Cinco de Mayo has become a celebration to celebrate Mexican culture and many people take advantage of that event to celebrate with a rich tequila or a margarita.

Certainly, however, there is the heady taste of a cocktail that makes you dream and contains in every sip hot and exotic essence of summer. The key ingredient of Margarita is tequila, a Mexican brandy made from the distillation of the agave fruit juice, with an unmistakable taste.

The tequila is drunk pure. It was certainly this that inspired the skillful and unknown inventor of a cocktail in which the tequila and Cointreau is blended artfully with the lime juice while sipping from a glass shaped like a sombrero edged by an enticing salt crust.

The drink is usually served shaken with ice, on the rocks or mixed with ice called the frozen margarita. In the classic recipe, it is served in the typical cup called Sombrero. The cocktail is often served with salt on the rim of the glass.

Although the most common margaritas contain tequila, orange liqueur, juice of lime or lemon, and sometimes an additional sweetener, many variations are becoming increasingly common. Use of bottled lime juice containing sugar is another way used to sweeten the cocktail. You can also add fruit juice to the margarita. Classic examples are the combinations of the juice of lime with cranberry; strawberry or peach, with lemon juice; banana, with banana juice.

However, it is good to report that the margaritas made with fruit are not part of the definition of a classic Margarita.

Preparation Time: 10 mins
Cooking time: 10 mins
Servings: 2 servings
Calories per serving: 215 calories per 100 gms


70 ml Tequila
1 oz Cointreau
40 ml Triple sec
30 ml Lime juice
1 pinch salt
1 Lime slice

Recipe Method:

Squeeze the lime juice and pour it in a low and wide enough bowl. Turn the edge of the cup upside down retaining the juice and then, while maintaining the upside-down cup, supported on edge in a salt saucer filled up, so that the edge of the cup is writing a crust of salt.

Now switch back to true and proper cocktails. Fill the shaker with ice and pour the tequila, the triple sec and finally the lime juice in which you had dipped the cup. Put the plug in the shaker and shake the cocktail. Remove the cap and strain the cocktail into the cup with the help of the strainer.

Cut a slice of lime, slightly cutting the slice so you can apply the washer on the glass. Use it to decorate the glass of your Margarita and serve immediately. Margarita cocktail must be consumed immediately.