Margarita: Amateur Hour Glory

When people find out that I write about cocktails for a living, they usually ask what’s my favorite drink.  Asking me that is pretty much the same as asking your mom who is her favorite child. Like she’s really going to tell you it’s you?! Even if she does, what do you think she says when your sibling asks the same question? So, when people ask me what my favorite drink is, I stumble and stammer because it depends. What’s the season? The weather? My mood? The food? Drinking companions? But, there are definitely some top of the list concoctions and the Margarita is right up at the top. Why? Because it is so simple, so delicious, and has an almost infinite number of variations (50 of which I am sharing this month).


I’m also a sucker for a great story. If you’ve been following my blog, you know that there are about as many legends of the invention of the Margarita as there are recipes for one. If you haven’t been following my blog, then get caught up on Love and Fame and Whoopsi-Daisies. These are only a fraction of the stories, but I want to share one more, my favorite. The reason I love this final story is that if I close my eyes I can almost imagine myself as the creator of the Margarita or at least a guest at the hostess’ rocking Acapulco party.


Set your “WABAC” machine to 1948: Vacation home of Margaret Sames, Acapulco, Mexico.  Sames was a wealthy socialite from Dallas, Texas. She wasn’t a professional bartender. Sames just enjoyed throwing a great party, not unlike Thirsty Jane! At some point, Sames got tired of the same old same old, and started experimenting with tequila for her guests. Again, sounds a lot like a Friday night at Thirsty Jane’s home bar! Eventually, she hit on her preferred ratio: 3 parts tequila, 1 part Cointreau, 1 part lime juice. She called it “The Drink” or “Margarita’s Drink.” With friends like Nick Hilton (yes, THAT Hilton) and Hollywood’s hottest, Margarita’s Drink traveled north to Southern California where it became the rage in the early 1950’s.


There’s plenty of evidence to suggest that Sames’ claim to Margarita fame doesn’t hold tequila, but I try not to let the truth get in the way of a good story. So, time to get back to the bar and start shaking because “Juanita’s Drink” is ready to be born and I’m ready to be just as famous as Margarita Sames!




Today’s recipe:


Margarita’s Drink

3 ounces 100% blue agave tequila

1 ounce Cointreau

1 ounce fresh lime juice


Shake with ice and strain into a glass rimmed with salt. Sit back and enjoy with all of your famous and infamous friends, poolside if possible, or at least next to a picture of a pool.

Comments are closed.