One of the world's most popular tequila drinks, the margarita is traditionally made with 2 parts silver tequila, 1 part orange liquor, and 1 part fresh lime juice. Then it's served over ice in a salt rimmed glass. There's debate over who invented the margarita, but a popular story has it invented in 1948 by socialite Margarita Sames. According to the legend it was during a party at her cliff side hacienda in Acapulco, that Margarita began looking for something cool to cut the dust of a hot afternoon. So she experimented by mixing Tequila Herradura, Cointreau and fresh lime juice. And apparently kept the party going for two weeks.
Five fun facts:
- The Margarita is the most popular drink in the US, representing 18 percent of mixed drink sales.
- On average, Americans consume 185,000 Margaritas per hour.
- The first frozen Margarita machine was invented in 1971 and it was based off a soft-serve ice cream machine.
- The only "officially recognized" margarita by the International Bartender's Association, is the version served on the rocks with a salt rim.
- The margarita cocktail was the "Drink of the Month" in Esquire magazine, December 1953, pg. 76.
Five Margarita Recipes.
- Frozen Margarita- There is nothing like an iced margarita - tart and delicious.
- Margarita Cupcakes- Inspired by the summertime cocktail, these citrus-y sweet cupcakes are filled with a lemon-lime burst of margarita curd and topped with your choice of a fluffy margarita meringue or tequila-lime glaze.
- Mango-rita- Refreshing and festive twist on a traditional “rita.”
- Frozen Watermelon Blackberry Margaritas with Cilantro and Vanilla- this has visual appeal as well as being deliciously tasty.
- Margarita Cookies with Tequila Glaze- The best of both worlds - cookies and drinks. A sure winner.
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Nutritional Information for one home made 8 oz Margarita:
Fat: 0.17 g
Carbohydrates: 12 g
Cholesterol: 0 mg
Sodium: 1638 mg
Protein: 0.11 g
Sugars: 10 g