- Rim a cocktail glass with salt.
- Shake ingredients with ice cubes.
- Strain into cocktail glass.
As with many formative cocktails, the history of the Margarita is murky, with a number of different plausible theories:
- The Cafe Royal Cocktail book contains a recipe for a cocktail called the "Picador" that is functionally identical to a modern Margarita.
- Carlos "Danny" Herrara purportedly invented it in 1938 at Rancho La Gloria.
- Don Carlos Orozco also purportedly invented it in October of 1941, at Hussong's Cantina in Ensenada.
- Francisco Morales also purportedly invented it in 1942 at Tommy's Place in Juárez.
- Lastly, the Margarita is identical to a once popular American drink (the Daisy), with tequila instead of brandy: many argue that the boom in tequila during Prohibition willed this drink into existence.