Enjoy this classic margarita recipe, no pre-mix required. Just well mixed fresh flavors that will make you feel like you’re always on vacation.
So, what can I say about this classic margarita recipe that hasn’t already been said or done. While doing research for this post, there seems to be no definitive person or story of origin. There was a similar drink in the U.S. called the ‘Daisy’, the Daisy used brandy instead of tequila. During the times of prohibition, people would flock to Mexico seeking alcohol and thus the margarita was created. Due to the Margarita being the Spanish name for Daisy and both drinks also being similar in ingredients, it was not a far leap. There are many other accounts of where this drink was created but this is the one I gravitated to the most, so I decided to share it. There are many other stories out there and all are very interesting reads.
BACK TO THE DRINK:
Like I said before, what can I do that hasn’t already been done before…at the heart of the drink there are really only 4 ingredients…tequila, lime, triple sec and coarse salt. I am also going to venture out and say that since this drink was talked about around the 1930’s, 1940’s era in Mexico, we have to consider what items would they have on hand? We know that Mexico has always used lime and tequila, but what about triple sec? Triple sec hailed from France at around 1834 before they invaded Mexico in 1862. So, it is quite possible that they introduced the liquor to Mexico during that interaction (helllooooo cinco de mayo! May 5th, 1862) and soon after the margarita was born.
What makes this cocktail so appealing is the search for the perfect balance between saltiness, sweetness, sourness and bitterness. These same things are what we look to balance (without realizing it) when we go out to eat at a restaurant or follow our favorite recipe. Great cooks and chefs strive to find that perfect balance to a dish, it creates complexity and intrigue when we eat.
My take on the perfect margarita is very minimal sweetness and maximum tartness. However, my husband likes his on the sweeter side so I will make sure I add a note for all you sweet lovers out there.