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Margarita Cocktail Quest Research

Margarita Cocktail Quest Research

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Margarita Quest
By George Sinclair1)
Danny Negrete
( invented 1936),"Garci Crespo hotel" (1934 – 1948), Peubla, México
Danny Negrete'sMargarita
Ingredients Preparation Glass Garnish1 part silver Tequila Shake & Strain Rocks None1 part triple sec(Cointreau)(
crushed
 ice)1 part fresh lime juiceThe most circulated origin story of Negrete’s Margarita is a), though b) is theofficial 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 México, one of which isAgua Caliente, where there is a race track that claims to be the birthplace of theMargarita.2)
Francisco 'Pancho' Morales
(Invented: 4
th
of July, 1942),Died January 3
rd
1997, aged 78. (ministry of tequila)'Tommy's Place', Ciudad Juárez, México“Pancho was a teacher in the Juárez bartenders’ school, the drink was soon well-known 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 hadCointreau.
Francisco ”Pancho” Morales’Margarita
Ingredients Preparation Glass Garnish2 parts silver Tequila Shake with
crushed
 ice,Cocktail Salt rim.1 part Triple Sec then strain into glass.1 parts fresh lime
 
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juice3)
Carlos ”Danny” Herrera
(invented: 1947– 48),died, May 14
th
1992, aged 90 (The Houston Chronicle)Invented the Margarita in honour of Marjorie 'Margarita' King, a show girl.Marjorie King died, January 3
rd
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, México“Rancho La Gloria”, located on the road between Tijuana and Rosarito Beach, closeto 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'sMargarita
Ingredients Preparation Glass Garnish3 parts silver Tequila Shake with
crushed
 ice,Cocktail Salt rim.2 parts Cointreau then strain into glass.1 part fresh lime juice4)
Enrique Bastante Gutierez
(Invented: 1940’s)Former World Cocktail Champion (?)Invented the Margarita for Rita HayworthHayworth’s Real name: Margarita Carmen Cansino,born: 17
th
October 1918, Died: 14
th
May 1987.no specific cocktail recipe found.Margarita Cansino had, at one point, worked at the Agua Caliente Racetrack (early1930’s). Did Gutierez work at Agua Caliente Racetrack? I am still waiting for ananswer, from Agua Caliente.
 
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Margaret Sames
(Invented: December 1948),Acapulco, México
Margaret Sames’Margarita
Ingredients Preparation Glass Garnish3 parts silver Tequila Shake with ice, ChampagneSalt rim.1 part Cointreau then strain into glass. Saucer1 part fresh lime juice
GS: The Sames story is a little strange, some of the versions of the story lead meto 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 (fromlime juice to Triple Sec)GS: I feel it is safe to assume that it was invented in México, 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 missinglink between man and ape. So many Margarita candidates have been put forwardand so little hard evidence has been offered that the origin of the now-ubiquitousdrink will probably never be known.

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