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Hola, mis amigos. Today is Cinco de Mayo, the day we gather to commemorate Mexico’s unlikely victory over the French at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. Now, the French kind of had the last word, but we won’t get into that. Anyhoo, honoring a historical occasion calls for a glass of giggle water that, itself, is steeped in history. Of course, we’re talking about the original margarita, which is said to have been created by Texas socialite Margarita Sames in 1948. 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. Known as “The Drink,” then “Margarita’s Drink,” and then “The Margarita,” the cocktail became all the rage when Margarita’s friends Joseph Drown, who owned the Hotel Bel-Air, and Conrad Hilton, Jr., whose father owned the Hilton Hotel chain, began serving the drink in their hotel bars. The rest, as they say, is history. Salud!
Margarita’s Original Margarita Recipe
2 ounces white tequila from the Jalisco state of Mexico, e.g., Casamigos, Don Julio
1 part Cointreau
1 part fresh lime juice
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.
Welcome photo: Elizabeth Taylor and Nicky Hilton honeymooning in Acapulco in 1950
Welcome quote: Harvey (1950)