The Costco Connection
Tequila, margarita mix and mixers, as well as a
variety of beer, wine and spirits, are available at
select Costco locations. Please drink responsibly.
Summertime is perfect
for this cheery cocktail
By Emily McIntyre
THE ULTIMATE TGIF drink, a margarita evokes
salty lips, the bite of fresh lime tempered with tequila
and a sweet liqueur, and soft summer breezes.
Whether you down your margarita from a boot-shaped vessel, tumbler or a classic margarita glass, at
your favorite Tex-Mex restaurant or in your own living room, you’ll be glad you paid this cheery cocktail some extra attention.
“;ere are so many di;erent stories ;oating
around about the history of the margarita, I don’t
think that anyone knows which one is the truth,”
says Alissa Rothstein, a Costco member and freelance mixologist and bartender based in New Jersey.
What we do know: ;e drink arrived on the
scene in the 1940s, and is basically a sour, or a spirit
balanced with citrus and a sweetener. Rothstein says
one popular origin story begins in October 1941 at
Hussong’s Cantina in Ensenada, Mexico, where bartender Don Carlos Orozco invented the drink for
Margarita Henkel, the daughter of the German
ambassador at the time.
Everyone has a different preference when it
comes to margaritas, giving rise to popular variations of the drink, such as the Cadillac, which substitutes Grand Marnier for the traditional triple sec and
employs premium tequila. In 1971, a Dallas restaurateur named Mariano Martinez invented the frozen
margarita machine and produced the ;rst blended
margarita, which has since resulted in countless renditions, from prickly pear cactus to watermelon.
for your table
Make it at home
Great ingredients are the most important factor
in creating outstanding margaritas at home, says
Michael Dietsch, author of Shrubs: An Old-Fashioned Drink for Modern Times (Countryman
Press, 2014; not available at Costco). “Good tequila—
I like a reposado tequila in a margarita—good triple
sec [and] fresh lime juice,” he says.
Marcos Tello, a Costco member and Los Angeles–
based cocktail consultant, suggests that serving the
drink strained or on the rocks is better than blending it; the latter method adds more water content
and requires a lot of sugar for balance.
Should you salt the glass rim? Traditionally,
salt was used to mask the ;avor of cheap
ingredients, so use your personal taste.
Enjoy it with dinner
“Usually, when people mention
margaritas, they think of Mexican food.
Personally, I enjoy margaritas with seafood
dishes,” says Rothstein. “;ere is something that
is just so perfect about drinking that delicious blend
of a sweet-sour-tart-salty cocktail paired with lobster tails and melted butter.” Tello adds that any
spicy food dish tends to pair well with a margarita.
Whatever your preferences, the margarita
promises good times in a funny glass. Bottoms up! C
Emily McIntyre’s ( emilymcintyre.com) secret journalism agenda involves as many cocktails as possible.
1½ ounces tequila
½ ounce triple sec (Cointreau or
Grand Marnier are options)
2 ounces Sour Mix (recipe follows)
½ ounce lime juice
Combine all ingredients in a cocktail
shaker and give it a good shake. Rub
the rim of a rocks glass with lime,
then dip it in margarita salt. Add ice
to the glass. Pour the shaken margarita in the glass and garnish with
a lime wedge.
1 cup water
1 cup sugar
1 cup lemon juice
1 cup lime juice
2 tablespoons meringue powder
In a saucepan, combine the sugar
and water, and heat until the sugar
is completely dissolved. Add the
lemon and lime juices, and refrigerate. When the mixture is cool, add
the meringue powder (this gives
the mix some froth). Once it is
completely cooled, pour the mix
into a tightly capped bottle for
pouring and storage. It should keep
for approximately 6 to 8 weeks.
Shake it really well before each use
to bring up the frothiness from the
Recipes by Alissa Rothstein
WHAT’S IN A NAME?
GOLD, SILVER, reposado, añejo—what is
best to use as a sipping tequila or in a margarita? Here’s a brief primer.
SILVER Clear and unaged. Intense agave
flavor. Usually the first choice for margaritas.
GOLD Typically a mix of agave and cane
sugar with gold coloring. Commonly used for
REPOSADO Aged two to 11 months. Golden
hue. Good balance between agave and wood
flavors. Upscale margarita or sipping.
AÑEJO Aged for at least one year. Amber
color. Smoother, richer and more complex
flavor. Best for sipping.—T. Foster Jones