Love margaritas? Here are 5 facts about this delicious and refreshing cocktail.
It’s believed to be more than 80 years old: One of the earliest stories of the margarita dates back to 1938, when Carlos “Danny” Herrera mixed the tasty drink for former Ziegfeld dancer Marjorie King at his restaurant Rancho La Gloria, halfway between Tijuana and Rosarito.
But didn’t appear in recipe-form until 1953: The first known published recipe of a margarita was in the December 1953 issue of Esquire, where it was named Drink of the Month. The recipe instructed creators to mix a dash of triple sec, an ounce of tequila and the juice of half a lemon or lime.
You can even buy fried margaritas these days: Yes, it is possible to eat your margarita in fried form at the Texas State Fair. The drink is fried in funnel cake batter and topped with whipped cream before being served in the classic salt-rimmed glass.
The first frozen margarita machine arrived in the early 70s: High school dropout Mariano Martinez crafted the machine in 1971 after seeing a 7-Eleven Slurpee machine in action.
The world’s most expensive margarita cost $1200: New York’s 230 Fifth Rooftop Bar & Penthouse Lounge poured the world’s most pricey margarita in 2013. The ice was made from Lois Roederer Cristal Champagne, which costs $450 a bottle, and the tequila cost $1800 a bottle. The cocktail was served in a Ralph Lauren hand-blown Hungarian crystal glass – and half the money went to charity.
Recipe: Pink Grapefruit & Lime Margarita Granita with Pink Peppercorn Salt Edge (pictured).