Yesterday was International Margarita day. Although steeped in urban myth, the exact time and individual responsible for its existence is often debated. What is known is that the original Margarita was always made with Jose Cuervo tequila, the world’s favourite tequila since 1975.
Some accounts of its creation date as far back as the 1930’s where bartenders from Mexico and the surrounding regions staked claim to its invention. However, during the 1940’s Jose Cuervo was responsible for advertising campaigns with the slogan, ‘Margarita, it’s more than just a girls name,’ and according to Jose Cuervo records, it was invented in 1938 by a bartender in honour of a Mexican showgirl named Rita de la Rosa.
Whatever its origins from the cantinas of old Mexico or the American West, it is a classic and one of the finest ways to enjoy Jose Cuervo tequila.
Make your own
To honour this cocktail’s history, it is best to drink it in its classic way, served with salt on the rim of the glass, shaken with ice on the rocks. Award-winning bartender, tequila aficionado and official ambassador for Jose Cuervo Tradicional, Siavash ‘Marshall’ Behaein provides the perfect cocktail recipe to honour this tradition:
Classic Margarita with Agave Syrup Twist
You’ll need tequila, Cointreau (triple sec), lime-juice, agave syrup (found at all good Woolies outlets), some salt and a cocktail glass & shaker
50ml of Jose Cuervo Tradicional Reposado tequila
25ml of Cointreau (triple sec)
25ml of lime-juice
A tablespoon (10ml) of Agave syrup
A crack of salt
Shake the tequila and triple sec with cracked ice in a cocktail shaker, rub the rim of the chilled cocktail glass with lime juice and dip in coarse salt, then strain the cocktail mix the chilled glass. Then add the teaspoon of agave syrup and enjoy.
Enjoy the taste of authentic Mexico on a day worth celebrating an iconic cocktail – Salud!
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