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Hazy History: The Margarita

As with most classic cocktails, history gets a bit hazy after consuming alcohol. Stories range from bartenders pleasing picky customers to several women named Margarita claiming the drink was named after them.

Meaning “daisy” in Spanish, the Margarita is most likely derived from the popular prohibition cocktail The Daisy. Comprised of Cognac, triple sec and lime the Daisy contains some of the most popular cocktail ingredients in use during the 19th Century in the United States. Using locally available ingredients to create a favorite from back home has led to several classic cocktail creations and is most likely the origin of the famous Margarita. Just like the Manhattan was most likely not created in Manhattan the Margarita was probably created by a tourist or expat in a location where Cognac was unavailable and Tequila was, and brought back stateside around the 1930s.

Though the history may not be definitive, the only thing that can be certain is that the Margarita is one of the most recognizable, and delicious, cocktails in the world. Matt Carter, RNDC Mixologist based in Detroit, has created three signature cocktail recipes that you can share with your customers or use in your restaurant or bar.

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1.50 oz. Reposado Tequila

0.75 oz. Orange Liqueur

0.50 oz. Lime Juice

4 Drops. Saline Solution*

Shake all ingredients with ice, strain up into chilled cocktails glass, garnish with lime wheel.

*Saline Solution: 10 parts salt to 1 part water. Bring to boil and stir until dissolved

Blood Orange

1.50 oz. Reposado Tequila

0.75 oz. Blood Orange Liqueur

0.75 oz. Lime Juice

1.00 oz. Blood Orange Juice

0.50 oz. Agave Syrup

Shake all ingredients with ice, strain over ice in salt rimmed glass, garnish with blood orange & herbs.

Tumeric Pineapple

1.50 oz. Reposado Tequila

0.75 oz. Orange Liqueur

0.75 oz. Lemon Juice

0.75 oz. Pineapple Juice

0.50 oz. Monin Turmeric Syrup

Shake all ingredients with ice, strain over ice in turmeric sugar rimmed glass, garnish with lemon & pineapple frond.


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