Margarita Recipes

Margarita RecipesIn Texas, we drink margaritas year round. Over time, we have experimented with everything from fruity to spicy cocktails sampling with different tequilas and ingredients. Below is a compilation of some of our favorite margarita recipes.

Feel like its always summertime no matter where you live with these tasty margarita recipes. Leave a comment on your favorites or tell us what you would change. We have included some of our award winning recipes and favorites.

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Tequila

Choosing the right tequila is the key to creating perfect margarita recipes. Knowing the different types and how they are made can lead to improving the overall taste of your margaritas.

Tequila is required to be at least 51% agave. In this type of tequila, the remainder is usually sugarcane. Premium tequila has the best taste and quality. It is made with 100% blue agave juices and must be distilled and bottled in Mexico. “Tequila 100% de Agave” or “Tequila 100% puro de Agave” must comply with strict Mexican government regulations.

Types of Tequila

suerte-tequila-anejo-200x300Blanco (Silver)This tequila is not aged. Its appearance is clear and transparent. It is bottled immediately after the distillation process

Oro (Gold)

This tequila is generally not aged. Ingredients include 51% agave and 49% sugar alcohol. Caramel, fructose, glycerin and wood flavoring are usually added to simulate aging. This is typically the type of tequila found in frozen margaritas.

Añejo (Aged)

It is Blanco tequila that has been aged in white oak casks for more than a year but less than 3 years. Ingredients include 100% agave. The amber color and woody flavor are picked up from the oak.

Reposado (Rested)

It is Blanco that has been kept in white oak casks from 2 to 11 months. Ingredients include 100% agave.

For more information on what type of tequila you should buy, visit: http://www.tequila.net/tequila-faqs/what-kind-of-tequila-should-i-buy.html

History of the Margarita

Esquire Magazine is the first known publication to put a margarita recipe in print. In their December 1953 edition they listed the drink as:

  • 1 ounce tequila
  • Dash of Triple Sec
  • Juice of 1/2 lime or lemon

Pour over crushed ice, stir. Rub the rim of a stem glass with rund of lemon or lime, spin in salt — pour, and sip.

Many stories exist on who actually invented the drink. One states that in October 1941 a bartender named Don Carlos Orozco from Ensenada, Mexico created the drink for the daughter of a German ambassador who’s name was Margarita. He named the recipe after her. Another originates from Galveston, Texas where, in 1948, bartender Santos Cruz developed the margarita recipe for singer Peggy (Margaret) Lee. He allegedly named it after the Spanish version of her name, Margarita. Another popular one indicates that the margarita is just a variation of another brandy based drink called the Daisy. In a 1936 Iowa newspaper, James Graham reported finding this cocktail in Tijuana. The word margarita is Spanish for daisy so its possible the similar tequila based cocktail took on this name.

Find out more details on the history of the margarita at http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/the-history-of-the-margarita-57990212

First Frozen Margarita Machine

first-frozen-margarita-machineThe first frozen margarita machine was invented on May 11, 1971 by Dallas restaurateur Mariano Martinez. The machine was originally a soft-serve ice cream machine and now sits in the Smithsonian National Museum of History.

Smithsonian Press Release
Viva la Margarita! – Interview with the Creator

 

 

 

Worlds Largest Margarita

Nick Nicora created this 10,500 gallon drink which contains 4,650 bottles of Jose Cuervo Gold Tequila, 8,400 gallons of margarita mix, including 50 gallons of lime mix, and 20 gallons of Cointreau liqueur.

Story: http://www.prweb.com/releases/2012/7/prweb9702733.htm