Blended, mixed, or shaken. Margarita is a classic and timeless drink yet there are varying accounts of where, when, and how this drink came to be.
Some say that margarita which means “daisy” in Spanish was a popular American and Mexican drink during the Prohibition and was already well-known in Tijuana long before it became commercially famous. Other accounts say that the margarita was either named after a Dallas socialite, Margarita Sames or the 1940’s singer Peggy (Margaret) Lee.
Regardless of its origin, we can’t argue the popularity of this cocktail remains unfazed. In fact, you can get a margarita in different versions. You can get the timeless tequila, lime juice and orange liqueur mixture or go for a bolder version with herbs and spices.
But what is the best margarita? A popular brand of tequila products recently created a contest to find out which margarita recipe is the best this year.
Patron Tequila is a world-famous brand of premium tequila made from 100% Weber Blue Agave. It is manufactured by the Patron Spirits Company which is based in Mexico. To celebrate International Margarita Day, the company launched 2018’s search for Margarita of the Year, which is now on its fourth year.
Seven bartenders from all over the world were selected to showcase their own unique Margarita recipes using indigenous flavors from their respective regions. Votes for the most popular recipe were digitally gathered using the contest’s official website, ‘MargaritaOfTheYear.com’. Voters were able to share content using social media channels such as Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube. The winner of contest was announced during Cinco de Mayo (May 5).
Margarita of the Year
This year’s Margarita of the Year was created by José Luis León, owner of one of Mexico City’s premier bars, which was also named one of the top 50 Best Bars in the World in 2014.
His winning cocktail recipe, ‘Verde Margarita’, is a fitting tribute to the winner’s Mexican ancestry.
Verde Margarita is a beautiful combination of Elderflower liqueur, Patron Citronge Orange, fresh lime juice, Fino Sherry, Agave syrup, and Patron Silver perfectly rimmed in Maldon salt, celery salt, and sugar; and garnished with a celery stalk and edible flower.
Here’s how you can make this 2018 margarita of the year:
- 2 ozPatrón Silver
- .75 ozPatrón Citrónge Orange
- .75 ozElderflower liqueur (such as St. Germain)
- .75 ozFresh lime juice
- .5 ozFino Sherry
- .5 ozAgave syrup
- 1Lime wedge
- 1Celery stick
- 1Pinch salt
- +Celery spear & edible flower for garnish
- +Sugar, maldon salt & celery salt rim
- Rim a highball glass with a mix of sugar, maldon salt & celery salt.
- Combine ingredients in a blender with crushed ice and blend until a slushy consistency is achieved.
- Pour contents from blender into glass.
- Garnish with celery spear and edible flower before a well-deserved siesta.
Since 2015, Patron Tequila has vigorously looked into the finest and most distinctive Margarita recipes around the world. Have a quick throwback to the winners from previous years.
2017’s Coralino Margarita was created by Mexican bartender Reisler Morales. It is made up of Patron Reposado and Mexican wine rimmed in a sugar-salt combination.
The winner of 2016’s Margarita of the Year was bartender Jordan Corney of San Antonio, Texas. His Rosa Picante Margarita is a delicious mix of Patron Silver, ginger, fresh lime juice rimmed in rose sea salt.
The first Margarita of the Year back in 2015 was created by Brian Dressel from Austin, Texas. The Patron Smoked Sea Salt Margarita is made up of Patron Silver, pineapple juice, and smoked paprika.