Updated: Jul 26
A Margarita usually consists of 3 ingredients: tequila, orange liqueur and lime juice, often served in a glass with salt on the rim - we like to use Australia's only naturally pink salt from our friends at Murray River Salt. We created our very own premixed Margarita which comes with a spin! More on that later.
But first, let's have a quick look at the history of this ever so popular sour drink. Don't worry, it won't be boring and besides, always good to have a bit of extra knowledge at your next cocktail party ;).
There are a lot of different stories around who invented this classic cocktail.
The sweet and sour flavour combination goes back to the 1930's. The "Picador" - which uses the exact same ingredients and proportions as a Margarita - is mentioned in the 1937 Café Royal Cocktail book by William James Tarling.
One story claims that the drink was created in 1938, as Mexican restaurant owner Carlos (Danny) Herrera mixed the cocktail for dancer Marjorie King. It is said that Tequila was the only alcohol that King would abide, so Herrera added lime juice and salt.
Other - hard to prove - claims include that Texas socialite Margaret Sames a.k.a. Margarita mixed the first drink at a house party in Mexico during 1948.
The first known mention of the name "Margarita" appears on the 17th of September 1953 in "The Press Democrat", a Californian newspaper.
Fast forward to 2022 and the Classic Margarita hasn't lost it's popularity - quite the opposite. It consistently makes it into the top 10 or even top five most popular cocktails. Last year, the sour cocktail landed on 3rd place based on the Difford's Guide.
Given the popularity of this Tequila based cocktail, it was a very easy decision for us to create and include an all Australian premixed Margarita version for our cocktail shop. And here comes the above mentioned spin: we don't use Tequila! Don't panic. Our mixologists replaced it with a locally distilled spirit that keeps gaining momentum in Australia.
We are an all Australian cocktail company, so we decided to create a premixed Margarita like no one has ever before. For our ready to drink cocktail, we decided to use the Australian made, double distilled Silver Agave Spirit by award winning Echuca Distillery. Distilled and bottled in the legendary river port town of Echuca Moama, Echuca's craft spirits are 100% pure, thanks to a combination of naturally derived botanicals and spirit, together with the ancient craft of distilling.
The Agave Spirit combined with the sustainably produced Orange Liqueur by Melbourne based Autonomy Distillers gives our ready to drink Margarita an amazing flavour that is hard to match. To complete this delicious cocktail, we've added citrus and Crawley's Agave Syrup in perfectly measured amounts which results in a drink that you'd normally only get in the finest cocktail bars around town.
The Orange Liqueur has it's own unique story that is worth mentioning. It is made by using a blend of orange and blood orange peels collected after their delicious juices have been squeezed by the crew at Market Juice in Melbourne. The liqueur has bold and warming citrus notes balanced by sweetness and a silky, luxurious mouthfeel. A sustainable and local version of a classic liqueur.
As you can probably tell, we are a bit proud of our premixed Margarita and think that we've created something special here. Our customers seem to agree:
"The Margarita was delightful - it's already a favorite of mine so I may be a bit biased, but all of the flavours were bold and balanced. Great work guys!" Amanda M.
"I got my order recently and tried the Margarita with my girlfriends. Wow! Probably one of the best cocktails I had in a while. I'll definitely get more." Jillian R.
If you're looking for premixed Margaritas to impress your friends at your next party or if you simply want to enjoy a premium cocktail from the comfort of your home, look no further. Head over to our cocktail shop for your order and enjoy an all Australian version of this classic drink.
To make things even better, we just launched a premixed Margarita Pack which contains 3 bottles (making 6 cocktails!) and yes, we decided to put it on special. Get your own cocktail party started for just $89 - offer ends 31 August 2022.
All our cocktails are handcrafted and delivered to your doorstep.....shhhhh - free shipping included!
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