The popular legend says that the cocktail had its genesis in October 1941 in Hussong’s Cantina, Mexico. One Don Carlos Orozco, a bartender, was fiddling around with some tequila, salt and citrus when the daughter of a German ambassador popped in for a drink. Senore Orozco asked Margarita Henkel to taste test his new beverage and subsequently named it after her.
The drink may be served in the classic margarita glass, a cocktail glass or low-ball, but regardless of which glassware you opt for, a salted rim is essential—anything less is a poor substitute.
There are, of course, fruity, flavoured variations but for our money, you just can’t go past the delicious simplicity of the original. This paricular recipe was featured as Cocktail of the Month in the December 1953 issue of the journal for the modern gentleman, Esquire magazine…
Dash of triple sec
Juice of ½ lime or lemon
Pour over crushed ice, stir. Rub the rim of a stem glass with rind of lemon or lime, spin in salt—pour, and sip.