Great for batch cocktails or a summer sip, the margarita is versatile, delicious, and multi-seasonal. The history of the margarita is an ambiguous one, with origin stories based in old Hollywood favorites like Rita Hayworth (whose real name was Margarita Cansino) and Peggy Lee. Another folktale imagines Texas socialite Margaret Sames (hence “margarita”) stirring up the beverage for friends in 1940’s Acapulco. Whatever the legend, the margarita has been embossed in the cocktail hall of fame since, and has been the choice drink of such celebs as Housewives star Bethenny Frankel, and Beatnik Jack Kerouac.
The classic margarita consists of tequila, lime juice, and Cointreau or Triple Sec, and a salted rim. Here’s how to make a classic margarita of your very own, in 3 easy steps.
- Using a lime wedge, moisten the rim of a rocks glass.
- Pour salt onto a plate or into a flat dish.
- Dip the wet rim into the salt and rotate for an even coating.
- Combine all ingredients.
- Shake and strain into a rocks glass filled with ice.
- Garnish with a lime wedge.