Drink history is a funny thing; I'm sure numerous people have independently come up with exactly the same cocktail at virtually the same time, with a different name, or sometimes, the same. Usually, the best story sticks. The Margarita continues this tradition of lore; the year was 1938, and showgirl Majoire King for some reason only drank Tequila- bartender Danny Herrera near Rosarito, Mexico obliged with a version close to what we would consume today. Next up in 1941, Ensenada, Mexico, Don Carlos Orozco makes one for Margarita Henkel, a daughter of a German Ambassador. Seven years later in 1948 Dallas socialite Margarita Sames apparently entertained her friends by coming up with a new Tequila drink in her vacation home in Acapulco. The same year, Santos Cruz made one for singer Peggy (Margaret) Lee in Galveston, Texas, 1948- I, of course like this last one the best. I imagine sipping one on the pier at the famous Balinese Room over the Gulf of Mexico while listening to "Fever," but that's just me.
The reality is that while all the above stories may be true, much earlier, during prohibition, a very popular drink was the Daisy: rye, lemon, orange liqueur and sugar. Near the Mexican border in Southern California as a "new" spirit became available, it would make sense that they would use lime and make a Tequila Daisy. Take one guess what daisy translates to in Spanish?
Summer is a perfect time to enjoy one and make your own historical conclusions. I've headed over to Allston's Lone Star Taco Bar for their El Diablo Margarita. "Rich and spicy. Reposado Tequila, Mescal, lime jalapeño agave syrup served over ice with a chili-lime salt rim." Whoa, that's badass. What would Peggy Lee think- fever all through the night?
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