How to drink Tequila like a Mexican

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MargaritaAsk anyone what their favourite Tequila-based cocktail is and they will most likely say the Margarita – a drink credited with helping make the spirit popular in the US and around the world. A traditional margarita comprises Tequila, Cointreau and lime juice with the glass typically rimmed with salt or sugar.

While the cocktail’s exact origins are unknown, one suggestion is that it was invented in 1938 by Carlos “Danny” Herrera at his restaurant Rancho La Gloria, halfway between Tijuana and Rosarito in Mexico, for customer and former Ziegfeld dancer Marjorie King, who was said to be allergic to many spirits but not Tequila.

However the more commonly accepted story is that is was invented in October 1941 at Hussong’s Cantina in Esenada, Mexico, by bartender Don Carlos Orozco for Margarita Henkel, the daughter of the then German ambassador. The cocktail comprised equal parts of Tequila, Mexican orange liqueur called Controy and lime and was served over ice in a salt-rimmed glass.

Another popular Tequila-based cocktail in Mexico is the Paloma, Spanish for “dove”, a made by mixing Tequila with a grapefruit-flavoured soda and served on the rocks with a lime wedge.

One Response to “How to drink Tequila like a Mexican”

  1. As Tequila education grows in US, specially in California, tequila aficionados are well versed in how to drink each Tequila Category.
    Salt and lemon is ok for a Blanco Tequila but maybe not for a Blanco 100% agave Tequila, but still acceptable.
    Tequila Shots are now very popular, but they shall be of Blanco 100% if you do not want a very bad hangover.
    Tequila 100% agave reposado and Anejo are recommended as a sipping drink.

    Europe is still uneducated about Tequila. In Europe most persons still consider Tequila as an Espiri Gonzalez’s Spit fire drink, just as in US was considered 15 years ago. The opportunity for 100% Tequilas is huge.


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