Last week, we covered two of the most popular myths about the origination of the margarita: the Tijuana Tale and the Dallas Story. While it’s probable that the classic cocktail’s origins is within one of these two yarns, there are still others who claim that they invented the margarita many years ago…
Galveston’s Claim to Fame
Tall tales abound in Texas. Similar to Tijuana’s Carlos “Danny” Herrera, the head bartender in Galveston’s famous Balinese Room has a tall tale of his own. In 1948, the bartender claims, he created the drink for Peggy (Margaret) Lee. He named it the ‘Margarita’ after the Spanish version of her name.
But the Most Probable Story…
… is certainly the least fascinating. If you look at the components of the Margarita, the drink is really just a “Daisy,” a popular American cocktail that uses tequila instead of brandy. During the prohibition era, many drinkers near the border would stroll over into Mexico – and then stumble back – for a drink, or four, or five.
In 1936, James Graham, an Iowa newspaper editor, said that he came across the margarita in Tijuana years prior to all of the other margarita creation stories. Also, the Margarita/Daisy story adds up, as ‘Margarita’ is Spanish for ‘Daisy,’ an Irish nickname for ‘Margaret’.
What now, Dan Brown?
The Texas Rose Margarita Recipe
- 1 ½ oz silver tequila
- 1 oz triple sec
- ½ oz lime juice
- 1 pump Amoretti Premium Rose Syrup
- coarse salt
- lime wedge
This margarita recipe can be made on the rocks, but we like it best when it’s shaken and strained. Take a frozen margarita glass and rim it with a lime wedge. Next, turn the glass upside down in a plate of coarse salt. Add your ingredients to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake, pour, and strain into the glass. Enjoy!
If you’ve never had our premium rose syrup before, this margarita recipe is a great introduction. Our rose syrup is full of floral flavor and has the refined exoticism you’ve come to expect from Amoretti Premium Syrups. The reason is simple: it’s crafted with care and made from natural flavors right here in the United States. We’re serious about providing gourmet beverage ingredients for our customers.
Looking for more ideas on how to use rose syrup? Try our Rose-Pear Martini recipe, one of the most refreshing drinks of the summer.