It’s National Margarita Day! Have you ever wondered the origin of the margarita?
We didn’t realize how mysterious the margarita is and in fact, it’s technically unknown who invented the drink. There are stories that have been told but no one has locked down how the margarita came to be exactly.
One story starts with a man named Carlos (Danny) Herrera who was a Mexican restaurant owner in 1938. Apparently, Herrera’s girlfriend was allergic to most alcoholic beverages other than tequila. However, the girlfriend didn’t like to drink it straight up so being the attentive boyfriend he was, he added salt and lime and created the world’s first margarita.
We read through some other theories have how the margarita was founded but the story of Herrera was by far the most romantic.
With more digging though, it’s assumed the margarita could’ve evolved from a cocktail known as the “daisy”. This cocktail was a mixture of alcohol, citrus juice, and grenadine, served over shaved ice, most popular during the 1930s and 40s.
While there are variations of the drink, the original recipe called for tequila, orange liqueur, lime juice, and a splash of soda. Sound like a margarita to you?
the original recipe for which called for tequila, orange liqueur, lime juice, and a splash of soda.
At some point, this Mexican-influenced daisy became known by its Spanish name, margarita, which means daisy in Spanish. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, margarita—meaning “a cocktail made with tequila and citrus fruit juice”—first appeared in print in English in 1965, though other sources point out that margaritas were popping up in Jose Cuervo ads as early as 1945.