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Here is a rough collection of Margarita cocktail information, from which you can draw your own conclusions.

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Margarita Quest By George Sinclair 1) Danny Negrete ( invented 1936), "Garci Crespo hotel" (1934 1948), Peubla, Mxico Danny Negrete's Margarita Ingredients Preparation 1 part silver Tequila Shake & Strain 1 part triple sec (Cointreau) 1 part fresh lime juice

Glass Rocks (crushed ice)

Garnish None

The most circulated origin story of Negretes Margarita is a), though b) is the official Negrete Family version of events. a) Invented the Margarita in honour of his girlfriend, who liked salt in all her drinks. b) Invented the Margarita for his sister-in-law, Margarita, as a wedding present. Danny Negrete went on to work at various other places in Mxico, one of which is Agua Caliente, where there is a race track that claims to be the birthplace of the Margarita. 2) Francisco 'Pancho' Morales (Invented: 4th of July, 1942), Died January 3rd 1997, aged 78. (ministry of tequila) 'Tommy's Place', Ciudad Jurez, Mxico Pancho was a teacher in the Jurez bartenders school, the drink was soon wellknown all over the state of Chihuahua. (The Book of Tequila- A Complete Guide, by Bob Emmons). A customer asked for a Magnolia, which 'Pancho' didn't know, except that it had Cointreau. Francisco Pancho Morales Margarita Ingredients Preparation 2 parts silver Tequila Shake with crushed ice, 1 part Triple Sec then strain into glass. 1 parts fresh lime juice

Glass Cocktail

Garnish Salt rim.



3) Carlos Danny Herrera (invented: 1947 48), died, May 14th 1992, aged 90 (The Houston Chronicle) Invented the Margarita in honour of Marjorie 'Margarita' King, a show girl. Marjorie King died, January 3rd 1998, aged 91 (LA Times) Marjorie King starred in the following films: My Weakness (1933) Susan Lenox: Her Fall and Rise (1931) The Great Gabbo (1929) "Rancho La Gloria", Rosarito Beach, Mxico Rancho La Gloria, located on the road between Tijuana and Rosarito Beach, close to the Caliente Racetrack. - The Book of Tequila- A Complete Guide, by Bob Emmons. Note: The Caliente Racetrack claims that it is the birthplace of the Margarita. Carlos "Danny" Herrera's Margarita Ingredients Preparation 3 parts silver Tequila Shake with crushed ice, 2 parts Cointreau then strain into glass. 1 part fresh lime juice

Glass Cocktail

Garnish Salt rim.

4) Enrique Bastante Gutierez (Invented: 1940s) Former World Cocktail Champion (?) Invented the Margarita for Rita Hayworth Hayworths Real name: Margarita Carmen Cansino, born: 17th October 1918, Died: 14th May 1987. no specific cocktail recipe found. Margarita Cansino had, at one point, worked at the Agua Caliente Racetrack (early 1930s). Did Gutierez work at Agua Caliente Racetrack? I am still waiting for an answer, from Agua Caliente.


5) Margaret Sames (Invented: December 1948), Acapulco, Mxico Margaret Sames Margarita Ingredients 3 parts silver Tequila

Preparation Shake with ice,

1 part Cointreau then strain into glass. 1 part fresh lime juice

Glass Garnish Champagn Salt rim. e Saucer

GS: The Sames story is a little strange, some of the versions of the story lead me to believe she was copying a drink she had seen somewhere else. But she, herself, claims that she personally invented it. Margarita ratios: 2:1:1=6:3:3 (50% tequila, 25% Triple Sec, 25% fresh lime juice). 3:2:1=6:4:2 (50% tequila, double as much Triple Sec than fresh lime juice). 3:1:1=6:2:2 (60% tequila, 20% Triple Sec, 20% fresh lime juice). 1:1:1=6:6:6 (33% tequila, 33% Triple Sec, 33% fresh lime juice). GS: there is little difference between the 6:4:2 & 6:3:3, a mere shift of 1 (from lime juice to Triple Sec) GS: I feel it is safe to assume that it was invented in Mxico, using Mexican limes (limons), Triple Sec and Tequila. GS: I find it curious that each inventor of the Margarita, appears to have invented a different drink proportionally.

Debating It (Texas Monthly, August 1995): Who created the Margarita, and when? It would be easier to identify the missing link between man and ape. So many Margarita candidates have been put forward and so little hard evidence has been offered that the origin of the now-ubiquitous drink will probably never be known.


The most frequently told version is that the Margarita was first made in the forties by an unnamed bartender in Palm Springs, California, to mimicbut softenthe classic combination of a shot of tequila accompanied by a lick of salt and a bite of lime. A favorite story among Texans is that a bartender named Pancho Morales invented the Margarita on July 4, 1942, at a Jurez bar named Tommy's Place ("The Man Who Invented the Margarita," TM, October 1974). Supposedly, it all began when a woman requested a Magnolia (brandy, Cointreau, and an egg yolk topped with champagne). Morales was a little fuzzy on the recipe, so he improvisedand his ersatz creation was a big hit. Another popular theory cites society hostess Margarita Sames (formerly of Dallas, now of San Antonio), who claims to have concocted the drink for Christmas houseguests at her Acapulco hacienda in 1948 ("Barroom Brawl," TM, July 1991). But of all the people said to be associated with the Margarita, the one who deserves the most credit is Vern Underwood, who first imported Jose Cuervo tequila into the U.S. in 1945 and promulgated a great advertising slogan: "Margarita: It's more than a girl's name." Vernon O. Underwood Chairman of the Board, Youngs Market Company, (Wine and Spirits Wholesaler), 2164 North Batavia, Orange, California 92865, (800) 317-6150

Response to E-mail, from George Smith at Youngs Marketing Company: THE TEQUILA BOOK has most of these answers

The Tequila Book (1978) Marion Gorman ASIN: 0809281759 This is an out of print publication. GS: Until I get a copy of The Tequila Book, I will defer to Robert Plotkins statement that 1955 is the year of the Margarita: Its more than a girls name slogan. Carlos Danny Herrera

-5- SAN DIEGO Carlos "Danny" Herrera was always a little vague about the exact date he mixed a jigger of white tequila with lemon juice and triple sec, creating a smooth and salty concoction he named "Margarita." It would have been October or November of 1947 or 1948, he told friends. And then he would add: "Three things happen to you when you get old. You lose your memory, and I can't recall the other two." Mr. Herrera died here in San Diego of natural causes at the age of 90. He had moved here five years ago to be with his daughter, Gloria Amezcua. He was born in Mxico City in 1901 and worked his way across Mxico as a young man, finally settling in Tijuana in 1929. He built a home seven miles south of Tijuana in what was then wide open land he and his wife called "La Gloria," after his daughter. The couple added a bar in the home, the only one for miles, to entertain the many friends who dropped in. Traffic was so heavy that the couple decided to operate the bar as a business. Their home became a restaurant in 1935, offering Mexican cuisine, mixed drinks, beer and wine. Within a few years, the couple decided to add 10 motel rooms next to the restaurant. Then came a swimming pool. Then came a booming clientele from across the border including Hollywood stars. Called Rancho La Gloria, it was midway on the old road that connected Tijuana with Rosarito Beach. Among the bar's clientele was a showgirl and sometime actress who called herself Marjorie King. She was allergic to hard liquor, except for tequila, but she didn't like to drink it straight or even with a lemon and salt. Mr. Herrera started experimenting and came up with a concoction that was three parts white tequila, two parts Cointreau and one part fresh lemon juice. He added shaved ice and blended the mixture with a hand shaker. He called the drink "Margarita," after the actress. He dipped a small, shortstemmed glass in lemon juice, twirled the rim in a bowl of rock salt and poured in the liquid. He later bragged that she loved the drink from the first moment it touched her lips. So did a lot of other people. The drink made its way to a small restaurant in San Diego. Bartender Al Hernandez mixed the concoction for the first time in the United States. He did some more experimenting with different blends of juices and tequilas. By the mid-1950s, Margaritas were served in almost every San Diego bar, and their popularity eventually spread across the country. Mr. Herrera and his first wife were divorced in 1940. He married a Coronado socialite, the late LaVenda Van Ness, in 1950, and the couple built a large home in La Gloria. During the next 30 years the couple entertained many Hollywood personalities, including Walt Disney, Mickey Rooney and Vincent Price. His wife died in 1989. Besides his daughter, Mr. Herrera is survived by four grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.


The Tequila Margarita, its history and an original recipe. The origin of the Margarita is problematical. It has been attributed to the Garcia Crespo Hotel in Puebla, Bertitas Bar in Taxco, a San Antonio party girl in Acapulco, the Caliente Racetrack in Tijuana, and even places in Los Angeles and San Diego. Wherever it was invented, it had gained popularity by the 1930s in both Mxico and the United States. My parents spoke of enjoying Margaritas in the 30s in Guyamas. The Hussong family, who have owned Hussongs Cantina in Ensenada, Baja California, since the 1860s, did not claim to have invented the Margarita, but they have served them since the 30s and claimed their recipe to be as original as exists. Hussongs was a favorite watering hole of the fishing and hunting crowd out of Southern California in the 40s and 50s, and I had my first taste of a Margarita there around 1948 or 49. Before he died in the ea

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