Margarita: Love and Fame

At least fourteen stories exist of Margarita’s invention. Some are easily unbelievable, but deliciously seductive nonetheless.  One of my favorite stories puts Margarita’s birth not in Mexico, as most stories do, but in Virginia City, Nevada. Yes, that’s the same Virginia City where the Cartwright clan from the television series Bonanza frequented! Allegedly, a saloon girl named Margarita took a bullet after instigating a bar brawl with a whiskey bottle over some gunslinger’s head. Her beloved, the bartender, invented a drink and named it after her. I like to think that some progeny of Little Jo Cartwright might have been sipping away on a Marg after a day of cattle wrangling and lady killing. But really, does anyone believe this story?

 

Maybe fictional old West TV heartthrobs didn’t conspire in the invention of America’s number one cocktail, but several tales of Margarita’s birth do feature Hollywood starlets. One of the more reputable stories revolves around silent screen star Marjorie King. Poor Marjorie was allergic to all alcohol except tequila. Can you imagine that!?! When imbibing at the Ranch L Gloria Hotel between Tijuana and Rosarito, Mexico, bartender “Danny” Herrera solved Miss King’s dilemma by inventing a delectable cocktail comprised of tequila, triple sec and lime juice.  He named his invention after Marjorie, giving it a Spanish flair.  Sounds more plausible than Virginia City, Nevada. Bolstering the credibility for this story is the claim from San Diego bartender Albert Hernandez that the owner of La Plaza where he worked knew Herrera and got the idea from him. That Hernandez popularized the Margarita in the U.S. is undisputed. So maybe bragging rights do go to Herrera and starlet Marjorie.

 

Or do they?

 

Tune in tomorrow for Whoopsie-Daisies: Golden Mixology Mishaps

 

Recipes for the day (yes, you get a bonus already!):

 

Blue Lagoon

1 ½ ounces tequila

¾ ounce blue curacao

½ ounce fresh lime juice

 

Mango-Rita

1 ½ ounces tequila

1 ounce mango nectar

1 tsp. agave nectar

½ ounce fresh lime juice

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