Churro Margarita

Toasting National Margarita Day


By Jonas Halpren
This article originally appeared at Drink of the Week.

February 22 is National Margarita Day, so of course we’re gonna have a margarita recipe this week.

Sure, this isn’t a “traditional” margarita, but who doesn’t like churros? The tequila blends well with the Licor 43 and Irish Creme, replacing lime juice, and Tuaca is a nice substitute for triple sec.

Ever wonder where the margarita came from?
Though we may never be sure of its true origin, the most popular anecdote claims that Carlos “Danny” Herrera developed the drink at his Tijuana-area restaurant, Rancho La Gloria, around 1938.

Herrera created the cocktail for one of his customers -- a beautiful show girl and aspiring actress, Marjorie King -- who was allergic to all hard alcohol except tequila. She didn’t enjoy tequila alone, so Herrera started to experiment with different combinations to make the beverage more palatable. The most delicious combination mixed white tequila with lime juice, shaved ice, triple sec and, surprisingly, salt. Herrera named his concoction “Margarita” in honor of his muse, Marjorie.

Churro Margarita

2 oz. Cabo Wabo Añejo Tequila
1 oz. Licor 43
1 oz. Carolans Irish Cream
¼ oz. Tuaca
Mix of Cinnamon and Sugar for the rim

Rim a rocks glass with the cinnamon sugar mixture. Shake up liquid ingredients with ice. Strain cocktail over fresh ice into a rocks glass.

Here are some more margarita recipes to help you celebrate this lovely holiday:

Recipe and photo courtesy of Cabo Wabo Tequila

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