One of the many culinary claims to fame we have here at Mattito’s is our delicious margarita. Many Texans enjoy margaritas with their Mexican food, but have you ever stopped and wondered who was the first genius to pour lime, Triple Sec and tequila over ice?
Several people claim to have made the first margarita. One story tells of a bartender who concocted it as a signature cocktail/wedding gift for his brother’s fiancée, whose name was Margarita. Another cites Rita Hayworth as the inspiration, whose birth name was Margarita Cansino, or the singer Peggy (Margaret) Lee. But all the legends seem to start right around the 1930s-40s, in Texas and Mexico, a time romanticized by films such as “Bordertown” (1935) and “Out of the Past” (1947).
Just as no one can definitively tell who made the first margarita, no one can decide on the official mixing ratio: the IBA (International Bartenders Association) defines it as 7:4:3 = (50% tequila, 29% Triple Sec, 21% lime juice), however 2:1:1 and 1:1:1 are also accepted ratios. While we can’t give away the mixology involved in creating our delicious margaritas, we hope you enjoy doing your own “field research” at our three locations!