The margarita (Spanish for “daisy”), the most well-known tequila-based cocktail, does not have a definitive origin. It may have evolved from the “tequila daisy,” a cocktail made with tequila, lime juice and grenadine served over shaved ice and topped with club soda. The “tequila daisy” is referenced in print as early as 1936, when an ad in the Syracuse Herald called it “Syracuse’s Newest and Refreshing Drink.”
The first documented reference of the margarita is from Esquire Magazine, the drink of the month from December 1953. A recipe for the drink is preceeded by: “She’s from Mexico, Senores, and her name is the Margarita Cocktail — and she is lovely to look at, exciting and provocative.”
Many have laid claim to inventing the margarita, and here are some of the more popular stories about her creation.