These wonderful and tasty Lime Margaritas are made with fresh limes and are far superior in taste to any made from bottled lime juice or a margarita mix.
One reason for the margarita’s rise in popularity is that it is a very versatile recipe that lends itself to many variations in fruit flavorings. Since its original creation, many variations of the traditional margarita have been created with fresh flavors like mango and prickly pear, plus more.
History of Margaritas:
There are several bars and bartenders (all from Mexico) that have staked a claim to the margarita.
1938 – One of the earliest stories is of the Margarita being invented in 1938 at the Rancho La Gloria Hotel, halfway between Tijuana and Rosarito, Mexico, by Carlos “Danny” Herrera, for a former dancer, named Marjorie King. This story was related by Herrera and also by bartender Albert Hernandez, who is acknowledged for popularizing a Margarita in San Diego after 1947, at the La Plaza restaurant in La Jolla. Hernandez claimed the owner of La Plaza, Morris Locke, knew Herrera and visited Mexico often.
1941 – Hussong’s Cantina in Ensenada, Mexico claims to be the place where the Margarita was created by bartender Don Carlos Orozco. He concocted a mixture of equal parts tequila, Damian, and lime, served over ice in a salt-rimmed glass for Margarita Henkel, daughter of the German Ambassador to Mexico.
1942 – Francisco “Pancho” Morales, of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, is also credited with inventing the drink while working in Tommy’s Bar. It is said that a woman came in and asked for a “magnolia,” a drink he had not heard of. Pretending to know what she wanted, he shipped up a cocktail of tequila, Cointreau, and lime juice. The woman love it and asked what the drink was called. The rest is history.
Lime Margarita Recipe – How To Make Fresh Lime Margaritas:
Albert Hernandez Sr.; margarita pioneer, restaurateur, San Diego Union-Tribune Obituary, by Jack Williams
Once upon a time in Mexico – The origin of the Margarita, Imbibe Magazine, March/April 2010
History of the Margarita, I’ll Have What They’re Having – Legendary Local Cuisine, by Linda Stradley.