The glorious Margarita! We must admit it is truly one of our favorite cocktails EVER. So much so, that our Chief Tippling Officer Evan perfected what we at The Crafty Cask believe is the best Margarita recipe ever (grab it here). As popular as the Margarita is today, the history behind this classic cocktail varies depending on who you ask, so we thought we’d weigh in with a couple interesting “facts” of our own.
Pssst! If you’d like to learn more about the Margarita’s history while DRINKING craft 3 Margarita inspired cocktails join SipScout before April 1 and whip up two servings each of these three cocktails (alongside Evan if you join the free virtual party) with our Margarita Mixology Kit
Margarita Fact No. 1:
We’re not 100% sure who invented the Margarita but we have a pretty solid hunch about its origin story.
While it may be rumored that an enamored bartender named the cocktail after a beautiful lady named Marguerite (or Peggy or Margaret or Margie …) who loved tequila, lime and orange liqueur, we have a hunch our beloved Margarita really has origins in Mexico during the Prohibition Era (1920-1933).
You see, the Daisy is a family of cocktails with both a sour and citrusy component. Meanwhile, the Sidecar—a classic variation of the Dasiy cocktail, comprised of brandy, triple sec, and lemon juice—was very popular before and during Prohibition. When alcohol was banned during that time, thirsty travelers ventured to Mexico where friendly bartenders tried their best to mimic popular drinks like the Sidecar, sometimes replacing traditional ingredients with those more readily available in the region. You guessed it – tequila and lime instead of brandy and lemon.
Do you know how to say Daisy in Spanish? Margarita, of course!
Margarita Fact No. 2:
The recipe for a Classic Margarita hasn’t changed much over the years (though techniques have changed—FRESH IS BEST).
While we’re all about new takes on classic drinks, it’s tough to beat a Classic Margarita with two parts tequila, one part orange liqueur, and one part fresh lime juice. And if you’re OK with us hopping on our soapbox for a minute, freshly squeezed lime juice is the ONLY way to go, especially if you’re making a craft Margarita cocktail. And no, the stuff that comes in those little plastic limes is not fresh lime juice!
Not only does freshly squeezing limes provide the freshest of juice, the use of a quality hand press citrus juicer imparts citrus oils into the cocktail, lending more complexity and zip to your Margarita. (We love the Chef’n Fresh Force citrus juicer, available in our Boozy Amazon Store.)
So, please leave the processed, artificially flavored, and often sweetened Margarita mixes where they belong—on the grocery store shelf for people who don’t know any better. You, are a part of Tippler Nation and know how to make bar worthy cocktails at home!
If you want to get some hands on practice in or you know anyone who doesn’t know any better and want to show them the light, we’re here to help with our upcoming SipScout party and Margarita Mixology kit delivered right to their home just in time for an epic Cinco de Mayo!
We’ll be whipping up a Sidecar, classic Margarita, and a modern twist on the Margarita (including a red wine float!), the Coralina.
Join SipScout for Margarita Mixology
Want to mix up two Sidecars, Margaritas, and Coralinas with The Crafty Cask while learning all about this classic cocktail’s history?
Join SipScout before April 1 to get your Margarita Mixology kit. Then join our SipScout party as we get ready for an epic Cinco de Mayo.
This blog was originally published in April of 2022, but has been reposted with updated information.