By Viridiana Marin Marin
There are so many things to know about Mexico’s classic Tequila cocktail that has become one of the most beloved cocktails in the world. Margarita is a cocktail that doesn’t need any introduction, and you can find it everywhere even in London, it can come in many varieties but the base is always the same: Tequila.
Tequila is a Mexican distilled spirit made from the agave plant and the key ingredient in margaritas. Around the world, there is no more Mexican cocktail than margaritas, for that reason, and for you to celebrate ‘la fiesta’, we tell you the history of margarita and where are the best places in the UK to drink this Mexican cocktail.
There are several theories of how ‘margarita’ was born, but we will tell you two of the main ones. One says that was a drink that arrived in Mexico from the United States at the time of alcohol prohibition. According to David Wondrich, cocktail historian and author of the book Imbibe!, this cocktail is the Mexican version of the American drink called ‘Daisy’ usually made with brandy or bourbon, with a little citrus juice and grenadine.
When this American popular drink traveled to the southern border in Mexico, it was mixed with tequila and changed its name to its Spanish equivalent, and that is how the margarita was born.
The other theory says that Carlos “Danny” Herrera, dueño del restaurant ‘Rancho La Gloria in Rosarito Baja California, to please one of his most assiduous and beloved clients, the dancer Marjorie King, who was allergic to various alcohols but not tequila. Danny made a mix of lime juice, triple sec, and tequila so Marjorie could have a drink.
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Now that you know more about this cocktail we tell you where to find the best margaritas in London, but one thing before: classic or any flavor if it has tequila means is Mexican.
Named for the infamous, pink leotard wearing Mexican ‘luchador’, Maximo Sexy, our Maximo Margarita was created to celebrate Margarita Day. We shake Herradura Reposado with Cointreau Noir, pink grapefruit, lime juice, agave and a few dashes of grapefruit bitters. Salud!
This is our Hibiscus Margarita. A classic since day one. It’s got Vivir Tequila, Fresh Lime Juice and Hibiscus Syrup.
Photo by @xavi.buendia.photos
3. Doña London
Margaret is our twist on a classic Tommy’s margarita, an amazing balance between “easy drinking” and “full of flavour” thanks to the light smoky Dangerous Don mezcal that is our house pour. The Margaret is perfect for anyone that loves the old classic but also for people that want to experience something fresh, delectable and zingy!
4. Picos Tacos, Manchester
‘ Tucked away in Mackie Mayor and Altrincham Market, you’ll find Pico’s Tacos selling authentic Mexican food and drink. Obviously, it goes without saying that this place knows how to do a good Margarita, and it’s a frozen one, too. The perfect summertime tipple, or great if you’ve had a shit day at work and you fancy getting sloshed on alcoholic sorbet!’
Their chilli & pineapple margarita is a must when you enter this authentic temple to all things Mexican.
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