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International Margarita Day

22nd February, 2017

As if we need an excuse for a beautiful Margarita, but today we have one!

Somebody somewhere decided that 22nd February was Margarita Day…

When it comes to sorting out the legends associated with the origin of the margarita, there are many. Two things are certain; the cocktail included tequila, and the bartender edged the rim of the glass with salt. In Mexico, when drinking straight tequila (especially if the quality was bad), the best course of action was to down it in one swallow, suck on a wedge of lime and lick a dash of salt off the back of your hand. Today this kind of behaviour is frowned upon when drinking decent quality Tequila, of which we have plenty at The Nuthatch!

It makes sense that the salt followed the lime and the tequila to the margarita glass. Today though, lime is not the only flavor of Margarita, and the specialists behind the bar have gotten creative mixing dried herbs, infused sugars and exotic salts to enhance both the presentation of the glass and the flavor of the cocktail, we have created a beautiful Hibiscus Margarita, which a hugely popular on our menu and created with Olmeca Altos Tequila, a beatiful 100% Agave Tequila.

The History and Origin

There are many different stories and myths, beginning as early as 1938, as to how and when the margarita was created.

In the December 1953 issue of Esquire magazine, the margarita cocktail was the “Drink of the Month”.  The recipe as printed was:

  • 1 ounce tequila
  • Dash of Triple Sec
  • Juice of 1/2 lime or lemon

Pour over crushed ice, stir.  Rub the rim of a stem glass with rind of lemon or lime, spin in salt—pour, and sip.  (Wikipedia)

The margarita was further popularised with the 1977 release of Jimmy Buffett’s song “Margaritaville”.

Our perfect Margarita

At The Nuthatch we thought we would share our perfect Margarita recipe with you, if you don’t have the ingredients yourself, why not pop down and sample one of ours – and with a selection of Tequilas available, why not have two!

2oz Olmeca Altos Plata (or Silver Patron Tequila – another great Tequila more readily available!)

1/4oz Cointreau

1/2oz Agave

3/4oz Lime Juice

4 Fresh Lime Wedges

Pinch of Rock, or Sea Salt

 

 

Before you make anything you want to rim your glass with some salt, we only ever rim half the glass because it can get a little too much! (You can find some great rimming guides on Youtube) It’s a really simple cocktail to put together, add all the ingredients to a mixing glass, top with ice and shake. Strain to get rid of the ice and any remaining undissolved salt into a Coupe glass or similar, serve with a wedge or wheel of lime.

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