Cocktail origin stories are notoriously hazy, perhaps none more so than the Margarita’s. There are at least four different version of the tale, and they involve a Hollywood-worthy cast of characters, from a Tijuana bartender and a beautiful dancer to a Dallas socialite and a wealthy hotelier. There’s even a rendition involving the famous singer Peggy Lee (“Fever”). There are also a number of ways to make this classic. The best, in our opinion, is to keep it simple, use a quality blanco tequila, and elevate it with agave syrup instead of smothering it with orange-flavored liqueur.
- Shake the tequila, lime juice, and agave nectar with ice and strain into a rocks glass rimmed with salt (optional). Add fresh ice. You can also serve this drink up, by simply straining into a coupe or margarita glass.