As I sit on the beach while on vacation sipping a Margarita my mind wanders off to a cantina were tequila, Cointreau, and lime juice came together for the first time. Was it a Mexican camarero, a Cuban Cantinero, or an American bartender that created this classic cocktail? Who knows?
Jacques Bezuidenhout and Robert Hess are planning on exploring this topic at the Tales of the Cocktail this year in “The History of the Margarita.” The seminar takes place on Sunday, July 20, 2008 at 1pm. In this interactive discussion Robert and Jacques will be covering:
- The Margarita’s disputable origins covering the strengths and weaknesses of each story
- What “is” and “is not” a proper Margarita
- How the Margarita begat a slew of the sour family variations
- And of course Margarita and Margarita variation cocktail samples
New Orleans Sours call for a base spirit, lemon or lime juice, and triple sec or another orange –flavored liqueur, such as curacao. (1)Gary puts the Margarita into the New Orleans Sour category, which is a sub-class of the overall Sour category (base spirit, lemon or lime juice, and a sweetener). The balance in a sour cocktail is crucial and unfortunately the mix in the modern Margarita has been the victim of mass production and egad pre-mix!
So come check out Jacques and Robert’s Margarita journey down history and find out what a well made classic Margarita can be.Photo by: Rebecca Ellis