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A Spontaneous Libation for your Consideration

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The Margarita, or An Earthy Mystery

Americans drink a lot of Margaritas. While the Margarita makes up eighteen percent of the mixed drinks ordered in the United States, tequila represents only six percent of the domestic spirits market. Unfortunately, we drink a lot of bad Margaritas too. Neon colored, super-sweet, artificially flavored, poorly made, cheap ingredient, frozen-slushy Margaritas surely account for most of those eighteen percent.

Perhaps one reason that Americans drink a lot of bad Margaritas is that we seem to have no idea of its origin. There are theories (among others) that Dallas socialites, Peggy Lee, Mexican (or Irish, or Texan) bartenders, German ambassador’s daughters or Ziegfeld Follies dancers all have a hand in the drink.

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Recent Discussion

  • Re Poppies in October, 1 hour ago BamBoozled commented:

    Tasty AF. Used Rittenhouse rye and subbed Italicus liquor for black tea liquor

  • Re Stigmata, 17 hours 23 minutes ago lesliec commented:

    I agree with a previous comment about being 'thin'. Maybe swap amaro/vermouth quantities? But it's pleasant anyway.

  • Re Meatpacker, 2 days ago Biff Malibu commented:

    Cut the bitters - they are out of place.

  • Re Jakarta Mai Tai, 2 days ago Craig E commented:

    So glad you tried it and you liked it! The recipe is built quite directly on the modern version of the Trader Vic Mai Tai, including the nutty curry-leaf syrup in the place of orgeat and even the split rums.

  • As usual, went easy on the St. Elizabeth, about 4 mL. Dirty dump works too if you don't want to rinse your blender.