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Who Invented the Margarita – A Legendary Drink That’s Served at the Zia Diner

Who Invented the Margarita

Tequila, a popular cocktail has a questionable history. No, it is not known to have a bad reputation nor is it to tied to scandal. However, there is some disparity with when it was created and who created it.

Mexico claims that Francisco “Pancho” Morales has the strongest claim. As the story goes, while he was at work, a patron asked for a drink known as the “magnolia.” Instead Morales created a cocktail of lime juice, Cointreau, and, of course, tequila. The patron like it so much that Morales named it, and thus the “Daisy” or the Mexican interpretation Margarita was born.

Some say that in the 1940s Bartender Enrique Guitierez invented the cocktail for Hollywood glamour girl Rita (Margarita) Hayworth. Another story gives socialite Margaret Sames with inventing the drink in 1948 during a pool party at her Acapulco vacation home. Another account reports that Santos Cruz invented the drink in 1948 for singer Peggy Lee. Perhaps, as others claim, it was invented in the early 1950s at Los Angeles at the “Tail o’ the Cock” restaurant. This was done as a means of marketing Jose Cuervo tequila to an American market.

Regardless of who, what, when, where, or why, there is no doubt that the world has fallen in love with this cocktail.