National Margarita Day is February 22, 2018. Mix up Azuñia’s “Orgánica Margarita” to celebrate!
At Azuñia, authenticity isn’t manufactured. For them, the heart of who they are and what they do presides over every action and moment. From sustainable farming and harvesting practices to natural, open-air fermentation and bottling by hand, they strive to remain true to the heritage of the spirit.
Of the thousands of tequila brands that exist today, only a small handful of tequilas can deliver something so pure and pristine; no GMOs, no chemicals on their plants, and no proprietary yeast blends for fermentation.
That’s why Azuñia’s signature cocktail is the Azuñia Orgánica Margarita. Of course, Azuñia Tequila is perfect as a premium sipping tequila and is equally fantastic for more complex cocktails. Yet, with the “Orgánica Margarita,” simplicity allows their naturally rich and flavorful tequila to shine all while being perfectly balanced by fresh lime juice and agave nectar.
The “Orgánica Margarita” is simple … three ingredients—organic tequila, organic agave nectar and fresh lime juice, made with either Azuñia Organic Blanco or Azuñia Organic Reposado.
Azuñia’s single estate, artisan-crafted tequila from Rancho Miravalle, located in the Tequila Valley region of Jalisco, Mexico, is multi-generation, family-owned and operated, and every step of the process is carefully controlled to deliver the purest and best tequila.
The Azuñia Orgánica Margarita
- 1 1/2 oz. Azuñia Blanco or Reposado Organic Tequila
- 3/4 oz. Azuñia Organic Agave Syrup
- 1 oz. Fresh Lime Juice
- Splash of Water
Preparation: Combine all ingredients in an ice-filled cocktail shaker. Shake vigorously for 10 seconds and pour into a sea-salt rimmed glass. Garnish with an organic lime wheel.
Of the many stories relating to the invention of the Margarita cocktail, most include a beautiful lady as a muse and a bartender in places varying from El Paso, Acapulco, Los Angeles, Tijuana, and Ensenada – all ranging from 1938 to 1948. Although the first published recipe of the Margarita cocktail did not come out until 1953 in Esquire Magazine, Jose Cuervo claims they were already running ad campaigns for the Margarita in 1945, with the slogan, “Margarita: It’s more than a girl’s name.”
Yes, there’s much debate around the history of the Margarita that includes folklore around the Hiltons, a dancer by the name of Marjorie King, and the daughter of German ambassador Margarita Henkel, only to name a few. Surprisingly though, the Margarita has a long, rich history that began in the late 19th century with the Brandy Crusta (1862) and the Brandy Daisy (1876), a variant of a sour cocktail. One of the earliest known recipes was published in Jerry Thomas‘ The Bartenders Guide: How To Mix Drinks: The Bon-Vivants Companion.
Perhaps the most compelling information regarding the Margarita’s history is from The Cafe Royal Cocktail Book by William J. Tarling, published in 1937. Included in this cocktail book was the Picador cocktail. Tarling was the President of the United Kingdom Bartenders’ Guild and Head Bartender at the American Bar at Regent Street’s Café Royal Hotel. Written in the book’s preface, Tarling “entailed minutely examining over four thousand recipes” of the pre-war London cocktail scene. Scolding the cocktail party scene which was “apt to have a monotonous repetition of Martini, Bronx, Manhattan and White Lady Cocktails,” Tarling compiled his mixology selection to encourage drinkers to “try the modern cocktails” which included the Mexican spirit, tequila.