Margarita Recipes

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. Feel like its always summertime no matter where you live with these tasty 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.



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

Tequila is legally 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.

All regulated tequila will contain a NOM (Norma Oficial Mexicana) identifier on the bottle. The number after the NOM is the distillery number assigned by the Mexican government. You can use this NOM to identify the parent company that manufactures the tequila or where a company leases space for the blue agave plant.

Types of Tequila

suerte-tequila-anejo-200x300Blanco (Silver)

This tequila is only aged for less than two months in stainless steel or neutral oak barrels to not impact flavor or color. Its appearance is clear and transparent and is bottled immediately after the distillation process. This is typically a style you will find used in most margarita recipes.

Joven (Young) or 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 also a favorite type of tequila found in frozen margaritas.

Reposado (Rested)

It is Blanco that has been kept in white oak casks from 2 to 11 months. Ingredients include 100% agave. This type of tequila adds a nice flavor to margarita recipes due to the oak characteristic.

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.

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History of Margarita Recipes

Esquire Magazine is the first known publication to put margarita recipes 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 margarita recipes 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.

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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.

Over 30 years ago, inspired by frozen convenient store machines, he created the device due to customer demand.  “Improved consistency, overall better product and ease of use due to the frozen margarita machine, made the drink so popular that it brought bars in Tex-Mex restaurants front and center,” said Martinez

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.