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Tales of the cocktails: <br>The Margarita

Tales of the cocktails:
The Margarita

When you hear the name “Margarita” you immediately picture sombreros, burritos and a guy named Pedro. But ever wondered how it originated? And most importantly, who is Margarita and why is the drink named after her?

Well let’s go back to the summer of 1936. A gentleman called James Graham, took his wife to southern California and Tijuana, Mexico for a bit of sightseeing. While in Tijuana, they visited a bar for a drink. The bar was known for its bartender's, an Irishman by the name of Madden, mixing skills and his popular creation called the “Tequila Daisy.”

When the couple ordered the drink they persuaded Madden to tell them the story behind the drink. Surprisingly, he admitted that the drink was a mistake. He meant to grab a bottle of a different liquor. However, this “mistake” delighted the customer and he spread the word about the new named “Tequila Daisy”.

So the biggest mystery in this story remains, who is Margarita? Well, sorry to disappoint you but it is not a story about a broken hearted bartender who named a drink after his long lost love. The name Margarita is just the Spanish translation for Daisy. Madden never revealed what was supposed to go in his original drink. But how happy are we that he accidently grabbed that Tequila bottle?


In a cocktail shaker, stir together .5 oz fresh lemon juice and .5 teaspoon superfine sugar. Add 2 oz of Tequila and .5 oz orange-flavored cognac liqueur . Fill with ice, shake well and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Top with a small splash of seltzer.

5 oz.
Fresh lemon juice
5 Tsp.
Superfine sugar
2 oz.
Sauza Tequila
Sauza Tequila
5 oz.
Orange-flavored cognac liqueur
Glass: Cocktail