A commonly accepted origin story of the Margarita is that it was invented in October 1941, at Hussong's Cantina in Ensenada, Mexico, by bartender Don Carlos Orozco. One afternoon, Margarita Henkel, the daughter of the then German ambassador visited the cantina and Don Carlos who had been experimenting with drinks offered her one. The cocktail consisted of equal parts of tequila, Mexican orange liqueur called Controy (A.K.A. Naranja in the United States), and lime, shaken and served over ice in a salt-rimmed glass. As she was the first to try the drink, Don Carlos decided to name it after her and the "Margarita" was born.
Honey Margarita Shot by Martha Stewart
- 4 cups blanco tequila
- 2 1/2 cups lime juice (about 25 to 30 limes)
- 2 cups Simple Honey Syrup (20 HONEYSTICK or 1 cup honey +1 cup water)
Mix tequila, lime juice, and simple honey syrup in a 2-quart pitcher, and chill. To serve, dip rims of chilled shot glasses in lime juice, and then in salt; pour in mixture.