The Story Behind The Simple Margarita
The Margarita is a universally beloved cocktail — it’s not only America’s top cocktail, but the most favored tequila cocktail in the world. Despite its international acclaim, it’s often thought of as a traditional Mexican drink. It might not be as Mexican as you think, though. The origins of this citrusy concoction are actually quite contested, with a slew of people — from Tijuanan restaurant owners to Texan socialites — asserting that they created it.
The recipe is simple enough for any one of their claims to be believable. It’s also undoubtedly delicious — earning it a spot on the menu of just about every bar in America. If you want to whip up a Marg at home, however, look no further. This simplified recipe calls for simple syrup or agave as a replacement for triple sec, offering an extra bit of sweetness to cut through the cocktail’s tart flavor profile.
- 2 ounces blanco tequila
- 1 ounce fresh lime juice
- ½ ounce simple syrup or agave syrup
- Salted rim optional
- Garnish: Lime wheel
- Take a lime wedge and slide it along the outside rim of your rocks glass.
- Gently dip the edge of the glass into coarse sea salt, then set aside.
- Combine tequila, lime juice, and syrup in a cocktail shaker with ice.
- Shake and strain into your prepared rocks glass filled with fresh ice.
- Garnish with a lime wheel.