Virtual Margarita Day!
One tequila two tequila three tequila....... floor!!!!
Our grateful thanks to Todd McCalla, who is the creator of this special day, February 22nd, when we are encouraged to celebrate ‘Margarita Day’. Make a note in your diary.
The drinking of cocktails and the art of cocktail making are such sociable activities and recipes are slavishly followed for the optimum taste satisfaction.
According to cocktail historian,David Wondrich ( now that’s a branch of history that would be well worth studying and should be included as an option on the History undergraduate course!) the margarita is related to a popular Mexican drink, the Daisy ( margarita is Spanish for daisy) and was remade with tequila instead of brandy.
The first known publication of a margarita recipe was in the December 1953 issue of Esquire, with a recipe calling for an ounce of tequila, a dash of triple sec and the juice of half a lime.
So how do you make a margarita? Is there a definitive recipe? Freshly squeezed lime juice is the KEY ingredient. An original margarita recipe appears on the Cointreau website. One part white tequila, half part Cointreau and half part of freshly squeezed lime juice.
Did you know that a dedicated frozen margarita making machine was introduced by Mariano Martinez in Dallas USA in 1971. The frozen margarita is a margarita served as an ice slush.
Alternative fruits and juice mixtures can also be used in a margarita. Fruits such as strawberry, banana, peach, melon and raspberry are all suitable for including in a margarita, but maybe not all at the same time! Varieties of margarita include a virgin margarita, a top shelf margarita and a fruit margarita. A kamikaze is a margarita made with vodka and not tequila.
Why is a margarita so enjoyable? It excites three of the five taste receptors, sweet, sour and salt. The rim of the margarita glass is rubbed with lime juice and then spun in salt!
Hopefully this blog has awakened your taste buds and you are ready to experience the joys of a margarita yourself, and what better way than with our very own Virtual Cocktail Making Event!