There are so many different versions of the Margarita cocktail around these days that you’d be forgiven for not realising that the deceptively humble Lime Margarita is actually the OG drink that started the whole craze…
As with most stories worth telling, the exact origins of this singular marriage of tequila and lime has grown a little murky over time.
Some folks believe the lime juice Margarita recipe was dreamt up by a Mexican restaurant owner who was smitten with a striking Ziegfeld showgirl Marjorie King, who would only ever drink tequila shots due to allergies. So, Carlos (Danny) Herrera came to the rescue and created a zingy drink that she could sip slowly rather than shoot.
The other story goes that famous Texas socialite Margaret Sames (also called Margarita) poured the first version of this on the rocks cocktail at a house party in Mexico in the 1940s. Or perhaps it was a first shaken up for actress Rita Hayworth (whose real name was Margaret) when she visited Tijuana in the same decade.
Most drinks historians will also tell you that the Lime Margarita is actually a refreshing take on a cocktail that went before – The Daisy. This beloved drink combined a spirit base with citrus juice and grenadine over shaved ice. So, you can see how the Margarita would be a fun spin on this particular cocktail template.
Whatever the case may be, the Lime Margarita remains a classic that pairs well with all sorts of tasty canapes and main meals. As such, it’s a great trick to have up your hosting sleeve.
How to make a Lime Margarita
Here is our super-simple margarita recipe with lime juice. It’s so fresh and zesty, and wonderfully easy to make at home. Enjoy!