All about the sumptuous Margarita
I have enjoyed a cold, refreshing margarita from time to time. I prefer them at an open bar overlooking the ocean in the summer, but I wouldn’t turn them down when dining at a Mexican restaurant.
I want to tell you about margaritas, frozen margaritas, and some variations. And what about those brain freezes? What is this all about?
What is a margarita?
A margarita is a famous cocktail made with tequila, lime juice, and orange liqueur. The drink is usually served in a salt-rimmed glass and often garnished with a lime wedge. The traditional method of making a margarita is to shake the ingredients with ice and then strain the mixture into a glass.
The origins of the margarita are not entirely clear; Some say it was invented in the 1930s or 1940s, others say it originated in the 1950s. But it’s generally accepted that the margarita was first created in Acapulco, Mexico, in the 1940s by a bartender named Carlos “Danny” Herrera, who made the drink for a customer who was allergic to all liquors except tequila.
The margarita is a classic and popular cocktail enjoyed by many around the world. It’s a versatile cocktail that can be adapted to suit different tastes and preferences.
There are many variations of the margarita, including frozen margaritas, which are made by mixing the ingredients with ice, and fruit margaritas, which are made by adding various fruits like strawberries, mangoes, or raspberries to the traditional recipe. They can also be served in various glassware such as a traditional margarita glass, a pint glass, or even a mason jar, and they can be garnished with a variety of items such as a lime wedge, salt, sugar, and chili powder.
A classic margarita is a very versatile cocktail, and many variations can be made to suit different tastes and preferences. Here are a few popular variations on a classic margarita:
- Strawberry Margarita: A classic margarita made with fresh or frozen strawberries. The strawberries can be mixed with the other ingredients or added as a puree.
- Mango Margarita: A classic margarita with the addition of fresh or frozen mangoes. The mangoes can be mixed with the other ingredients or added as a puree.
- Raspberry Margarita: A classic margarita made with fresh or frozen raspberries. The raspberries can be mixed with the other ingredients or added as a puree.
- Peach Margarita: A classic margarita made with fresh or frozen peaches. The peaches can be mixed with the other ingredients or added as a puree.
- Jalapeño Margarita: A classic margarita with fresh jalapeño peppers or jalapeño-infused tequila. This version gives the drink a nice spicy kick.
- Cucumber Margarita: A classic margarita with the addition of fresh cucumber. The cucumber can be mixed with the other ingredients or added as a puree.
- Grapefruit Margarita: A classic margarita with the addition of fresh grapefruit juice.
A frozen margarita is a twist on the classic cocktail, made by mixing the ingredients together with ice. This creates a frozen, mushy consistency rather than the traditional shaken, chilled version.
The ingredients for a frozen margarita are similar to a classic margarita, which typically includes tequila, lime juice, and orange liqueur, but also includes ice. Some variations include additional ingredients such as sugar, agave nectar, fruit puree, or syrup to add sweetness or additional flavors.
To make a frozen margarita, you need a blender. Place the ingredients in the blender and blend until smooth. You can adjust the consistency by adding more or less ice, or adjusting the amount of lime juice or orange liqueur. Once mixed, pour the mixture into a glass and garnish with a lime wheel or a salt rim.
Frozen margaritas are especially popular during the summer and are often served in a large, celebratory glass. They can also be made in bulk, making them an excellent option for parties or gatherings.
They can be enjoyed in a variety of flavors, from classic lime to strawberry, mango, raspberry, or peach. Some people also add a touch of chili powder or cayenne pepper for a spicy touch.
What foods go well with margaritas?
Margaritas pair well with a variety of foods, especially those with bold and spicy flavors. Some popular dishes to serve with it are:
- Mexican-style dishes like tacos, enchiladas, and quesadillas.
- Guacamole and salsa compliment the lime flavor in the margarita.
- Spicy dishes like buffalo wings, jalapeno poppers and chili con queso.
- Grilled meats like chicken, steak and shrimp.
- Seafood dishes like ceviche, shrimp cocktail, and fish tacos.
- Nachos and other Tex-Mex favorites
- Empanadas, tamales and other traditional Mexican street foods.
- Light snacks like popcorn, peanuts, and pretzels.
These are just a few options, but you can pair a margarita with any cuisine you like.
Why Do Frozen Margaritas Give Brain Freezes?
Brain freeze, also known as “sphenopalatine ganglioneuralgia,” is a type of headache that can occur when something very cold touches the roof of your mouth. For example, if you eat a frozen margarita or other cold drink or food, the cold liquid will cause the blood vessels in the roof of your mouth to constrict. When blood vessels narrow, they reduce blood flow to the area, which can cause pain.
Once you’ve finished eating the frozen margarita, the blood vessels in the roof of your mouth begin to dilate again. As they expand, they increase blood flow to the area, causing the release of a chemical called a vasodilator. This chemical causes the blood vessels to dilate even more, which can increase blood flow to the area and cause a headache.
stop brain freeze
The brain freeze can be stopped by warming the roof of your mouth by drinking warm water or pressing your tongue to the roof of your mouth, which causes blood vessels to narrow again, reducing blood flow to the area. This will help stop the headache.
It’s worth noting that Brain Freeze is generally harmless and is not a sign of an underlying health condition. It is a common experience for many people who consume very cold drinks or food.
How to prepare this delightful libation.
1 cocktail shaker
1 margarita glass
- 2 ounces tequila
- 1 ounce lime juice Freshly squeezed
- ½ ounce tripe sec or Cointreau
- Salt to frame the glass, optional
- slice of lime for garnish
Rim the glass by rubbing a lime wedge around the rim of the glass, then dip the rim in salt to coat.
Mix tequila, lime juice and orange liqueur in a shaker.
Fill the shaker with ice and shake vigorously for about 15 seconds.
Strain the mixture into the salt-rimmed glass over ice.
Garnish the drink with a lime wedge and enjoy.
This recipe makes a classic margarita, you can multiply the ingredients to make more than one. If you prefer a frozen margarita, you can puree the ingredients with ice in a blender instead of shaking.