Ocho Margarita

Many claim to have invented the margarita. One of the most prevalent stories is that around 1938, Carlos “Danny” Herrera developed it at his Tijuana restaurant, Rancho la Gloria, for one of his customers, an aspiring actress named Marjorie King who was allergic to all hard alcohol other than tequila. Rather than give her the traditional tequila shot, he turned it into a refreshing drink, therefore satisfying his picky customer.

Another person that claims the title is Dallas socialite Margarita Sames who says she whipped it up for friends — among them Tommy Hilton — at her Acapulco vacation home in 1948. Tommy loved the drink so much he added it to the bar menus at his hotel chain.

Regardless of which story is true, one thing that’s certain is that few drinks are more refreshing than a margarita. And this recipe courtesy of Ocho at the Hotel Havana is San Antonio, TX is my favorite.

Read about the history of tequila hereSalud!

¼ cup kosher salt
1 wedge lime
1 ½ ounce blanco tequila (My fave is Toro de Lidia Tequila)
½ ounce orange liqueur
¾ ounce fresh lime juice
¼ ounce agave nectar

Spread salt on a small plate. Rub lime wedge around the rim of a glass and dip into the salt and lightly coat. Set aside.

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add tequila, orange liqueur, lime juice and agave nectar. Cover and shake until mixed and chilled, about 30 seconds.

Fill the prepared glass with ice cubes and strain the chilled margarita into the prepared glass.

photo credit: Ocho

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