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Dating back to 1938, one of the world’s most famous cocktails ‘The Margarita’ turns 80 this year.

Dating back to 1938, one of the world’s most famous cocktails ‘The Margarita’ turns 80 this year.

The Margarita was believed to be created for aspiring actress Marjorie King, who was allergic to all hard alcohol other than tequila. It is thought that the drink was created for her by Carlos ‘Danny’ Herrera at his restaurant, Rancho La Gloria, in Tijuana. To make the spirit more palatable, Carlos combined the elements of a tequila shot into a long drink - and the Margarita was born!

With National Margarita Day a distant memory, our sights are set on Mexican celebration Cinco De Mayo, a national holiday in the United States that celebrates the date of the Mexican army’s 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla, so there’s plenty of time for practising.

So, if you fancy shaking up a Margarita at home, but have no idea where to begin, we’re here to help.

We’ve teamed up with drink blogger the Margarita Mum to share her top tips for making the finest tipple in town.

From tequila and liqueurs to juice and syrup, a Margarita can be simply broken down into a four-part cocktail.The key ingredients for making margaritas are simple - Tequila, orange liqueur, freshly squeezed lemon or lime juice and sugar syrup.

The decision for the method and measuring is entirely down to personal taste and preference, giving you the flexibility to create your perfect cocktail.

© The Margarita Mum

Time for Tequila

Did you know Tequila comes in many forms?

Whereas gin can be classified by the ingredients used in distillation (including citrus, floral, herbaceous and spiced), Tequila is categorised by its age, alike whisky.

If you’ve had a Margarita in a bar, it’s likely to have featured Tequila Silver, an unaged transparent alcohol which is characterised by its clear look.  Tequila Silver is not made to be sipped straight and works well as a mixing tequila.

The five types of tequila are:

  • Tequila Silver - Tequila in its purest form, most commonly used in Margarita
  • Tequila Gold - Colours and flavourings are added prior to bottling or it may be a Silver Tequila blended with Reposado and/or Añejo Tequila
  • Tequila Reposado – Rested and Aged Tequila, usually aged for 2-11 months
  • Tequila Añejo – Aged for at least a year, smoother, richer and more complex
  • Tequila Extra Añejo – Aged for more than  3 years, extremely smooth and complex


Orange Liqueur

Orange liqueur will add sweetness to your Margarita - if you like your cocktail on the sweeter side, simply decrease the amount of tequila and increase the amount of orange liqueur used. 

  • Triple Sec –  A strong, sweet and colourless orange flavoured liqueur
  • Cointreau – A triple Sec with the perfect balance of sweet and orange bitterness
  • Grand Marnier - A blend of Cognac and Triple Sec


Lemon or Lime?

Simply choose your favourite citrus - but always use freshly squeezed!  

Sugar Syrup

This can be added or omitted to your Margarita, depending on how sweet you like your cocktails. 

If you do not have sugar syrup at home, you can make your own by combining equal parts of water and sugar dissolved in a saucepan.

© The Margarita Mum

Did you know you can enjoy cocktails in your home, without a trip to the shops? 

Each month, our Cocktail Club members receive a box direct to their door featuring spirits, mixers and ingredients with easy-to-follow recipes to sit back, relax and sip on four glasses of delicious cocktails! 

This month, our members are shaking up Elephant Gin cocktails – will you be joining them?

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