With National Margarita Day coming up, we thought it apt to share a bit of the history behind the famous cocktail and a delicious recipe, too!  

The history is convoluted with several people claiming to have invented the margarita. One of the stories is that Carlos ‘Danny’ Herrera invented the margarita in 1938 at his restaurant in Tijuana, Mexico. His customer was a budding actress who was allergic to all spirits except for tequila so Carlos turned the standard tequila shot into a more palatable drink.  

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The classic margarita is a heady combination of sweet, salty and sour with tequila, lime juice and Cointreau or Triple Sec mixed together and served in a glass with a salted rim. Will you be trying out this recipe for National Margarita Day?  

A Classic Margarita 

Recipe from BBC Good Food 

Prep: 10 minutes 

Serves: 1 


  • Ice 
  • 50ml tequila  
  • 25ml lime juice 
  • 20ml triple sec (or Cointreau) 

For the garnish:  

  • Salt 
  • 2 lime wedges 


  1. Sprinkle a few teaspoons of salt over the surface of a small place or saucer. Rub one wedge of lime along the rim of a tumbler and then dip it into the salt so that the entire rim is covered. 
  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice, then add the tequila, lime juice and triple sec. Shake until the outside of the shaker feels cold. 
  1. Strain the mix into the prepared glass over fresh ice. Serve with a wedge of lime and enjoy! 

Don’t forget to take a look at our Globus and Cosmos tours through South America, home to the famous margarita!  

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