Before I began, however, I decided it would be fun to know the history of the drink. While who originally invented it is disputed - as always - the Margarita has been around a truly long time. It was invented sometime between 1935 and 1948 depending which origin story you embrace. Here are the top six -
- Santos Cruz, head bartender at the historic Balinese Room in Galveston, Texas, created the Margarita for singer Peggy (Margaret) Lee in 1948...He modeled it after the popular Sidecar for Miss Lee, who liked tequila.
- Enrique Bastate Gutierrez created the Margarita in the early 1940s as an homage to actress Rita Hayworth, whose birth name was Margarita Carmen Dolores Cansino, born in Tijuana, Mexico.
- Carlos “Danny” Herrera, bartender at the Rancho La Gloria bar, on the old road between Tijuana and Rosarito Beach, in 1947-1948, came up with the Margarita for an actress and showgirl Marjorie King, whose stage name was Rita De La Rosa
- Francisco “Pancho” Morales invented the Margarita on July 4, 1942, at a bar in Juárez, Mexico, named Tommy’s Place.
- Danny Negrete presented the margarita as a wedding present to Margarita, his future sister-in-law, at the Hotel Garci Crispo in Puebla, Mexico, the day before his brother David's marriage in 1936.
- Margaret (Margarita) Sames created the drink at her Acapulco home in 1948 during a Christmas party.
Optional - Coarse sea salt or chili salt for the rim of your glass