Month: March 2022

These Are the Essential Ingredients for a Good Margarita

Wondering what ingredients you need for a margarita? We’ll outline the basics, plus a couple of extra add-ins.
Whether you’re setting up a home bar or want to re-create your favorite bar cocktail, knowing what ingredients you need for a margarita is crucial. From tequila and orange liqueur, citrus juice and mix-ins, we’ll break down the basic margarita ingredients you should have on hand.

While you’re at it, these are the classic cocktail recipes you need to know.

A classic margarita is made with tequila, orange liqueur and lime juice, in a 3-2-1 proportion. For a single serving, that means 1 ½ ounces of tequila, ½ ounce of orange liqueur and ¼ ounce of lime juice.

This ratio can also be used to make a pitcher of margaritas for your next party. Simply combine 2 cups of tequila with 1 cup of orange liqueur and ½ cup of lime juice in a pitcher, top with ice and split evenly between 16 festive glasses. If you’re in need of a new set, these are our picks for the best margarita glasses.

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These Are the Essential Ingredients for a Good Margarita


185,000. That’s how many margaritas Americans drink per hour every day, according to the mega spirits and wine corporation Brown-Forman. In a recent Nielsen study, it’s also Americans’ go-to cocktail with 60 percent claiming it as their favorite tipple.

And let’s face it —although not the most exotic choice on the menu, the drink’s perfect sour, salty, bitter, and sweet ratio (four of the five flavor profiles we can identify) is extremely satisfying. More importantly, the drink—no matter in what form, be it on the rocks or frozen —says, “good times are in my future.”

The Margarita also crosses social and economic divides. For example, you can serve it on almost any occasion, be it at the beach or a black-tie affair, as an instant crowd-pleaser.

Perhaps that’s why there are 5.2 million #margarita tags on Instagram -people love to love their Margarita. And hey, what other cocktail has its own song (Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville) touting its ability to induce blissed-out vacation vibes?

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Drink in History: The Margarita

The History of the Margarita

It’s hard to say definitively who created the margarita, Mexico’s classic Tequila sour that has become one of the most beloved cocktails in the world. Stories of its origin are as numerous as the variations of the drink.

One story claims that the drink was created in 1938, as Mexican restaurant owner Carlos (Danny) Herrera mixed it for gorgeous Ziegfeld showgirl Marjorie King. Supposedly, Tequila was the only alcohol that King would abide, so Herrera added lime juice and salt.

Other claims include that Texas socialite Margaret Sames (a k a Margarita) mixed the first drink at a house party in Mexico during 1948. Or maybe it was named for actress Rita Hayworth (whose real name was Margarita Casino) during a gig in Tijuana in the 1940s.

In his book, Imbibe, cocktail historian David Wondrich agrees that the margarita was invented during the above timeframe. He says that the drink evolved from The Daisy, a classic cocktail popular at the time that mixed alcohol, citrus juice and grenadine, and served over shaved ice.

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