History of the Margarita

Undoubtedly one of the sunniest cocktails around, the Margarita is a house favourite here at Funkin HQ. First mentioned in print in the December 1953 issue of Esquire, it was described as “lovely to look at; exciting and provocative”.

Due to the similarities between them, it could be argued that the Margarita is simply another variation on the Sidecar. However, somehow the Margarita has superseded its predecessor in popularity, rising straight to the top of cocktail menus worldwide and spanning numerous variations (including the beloved Frozen Margarita).

So where exactly did this Mexican beauty come from? The most popular story is that it was invented by an American socialite named Margaret ‘Margarita’ Sames, who came up with the cocktail at one of her lavish parties in 1948. But as Jose Cuervo was already running Margarita ad campaigns in 1945, that pretty much puts that theory to bed.

Meanwhile, Carlos ‘Danny’ Herrera is credited for creating the drink at his restaurant Rancho La Gloria in 1935 for a Miss. Marjorie King – a local showgirl and actress. The story goes that she was allergic to all spirits except tequila, so Herrera resorted to mixing her up her own cocktail which later became a common favourite.

And meanwhile, bartender Danny Negrete is said to have come up with the concoction while working at the Agua Caliente race track, a popular spot with the rich and famous. Although the cocktail was for his sister-in-law Margarita as a wedding present, it was a hit with the influential regulars and quickly caught on with the rest of the masses.

Whatever story you believe, the illusive Margarita didn’t fully hit the mainstream until the 1970s, when the world’s first frozen Margarita machine was invented by Dallas restaurant-owner Marian Martinez. The drink is now probably most recognised for the regional holiday Cinco de Mayo in Pueblo, Mexico and also the States, where plenty of Margaritas are no doubt consumed!

How to Make a Margarita Cocktail

So you want to know how to make your own Manhattan cocktail? Understandable really – quite frankly it’s a stylish cocktail you’ll need to whip up if you want to impress at your next summer barbecue.

The traditional Manhattan recipe requires tequila, orange liqueur/triple sec, and the juice of a fresh lemon or lime. But thanks to our delightfully refreshing Funkin Margarita mixer, you can perfect the art of a Margarita in half the time.

Funkin Margarita Ingredients

(Serves one)

100ml Funkin Margarita mixer

50ml vodka


Pour the ingredients over ice and mix. Serve in a classic margarita glass or Old Fashioned glass, with the rim of the glass rubbed in lemon rind and lined with salt.

For a delicious Frozen Margarita, pour into the glass over a handful of crushed ice.

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