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Hola, mis amigos. May 5th is Cinco de Mayo, which commemorates Mexico’s unlikely victory over the French at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. Celebrating an important historical occasion calls for a cocktail that is itself steeped in Mexican history, so of course we’ll be toasting the occasion with an original margarita.

How to make the original margarita, a recipe created poolside in Acapulco in 1948.

A vintage advertisement promoting travel to Acapulco

Rumor has it the original margarita was created in Acapulco in 1948 by Texas socialite Margarita Sames. As the story goes, Margarita was hosting a summer fiesta at her villa in Acapulco when she set about creating the perfect poolside drink using tequila, her favorite spirit, and Cointreau, her favorite liqueur. Known as “The Drink,” and then “Margarita’s Drink,” and ultimately “The Margarita,” the cocktail became all the rage when Margarita’s friends—Joseph Drown, owner of the Hotel Bel-Air, and Conrad Hilton, Jr., whose father owned the Hilton Hotel chain—began serving it in their hotel bars. The rest, as they say, is history. Here’s how to make it. Salud!

Margarita’s Original Margarita Recipe

How to make The Original Margarita.

Ingredients

2 parts white tequila from the Jalisco state of Mexico. (We like Casa Dragones, a 100% blue agave tequila, for its smooth taste and authenticity and because it’s hands-down the prettiest bottle of tequila we’ve ever seen.)
1 part Cointreau
1 part fresh lime juice

Preparation

Chill a rocks glass. Then run a piece of lime around the rim of the glass. Pour salt onto a paper towel and dip the rim of the glass into the salt. Don’t twist the glass in the salt; Margarita always felt that people over-salted their margaritas. Pour all ingredients into a pitcher and stir. Fill the glass with large ice cubes and pour in the mixture. Garnish with a slice of fresh lime and enjoy.

Elvis Presley in Acapulco. Here's how to make the original margarita.

A “Fun in Acapulco” (1963) movie poster featuring Elvis and Mexican beauty Elsa Cardena 

Margarita Welcome Mashup

Welcome photo: Rita Hayworth, Errol Flynn, and Orson Welles at a party in Acapulco in the late 1940s.
Welcome quote: Harvey (1950)