I’m a mojito girl. After my UP Law class held a reunion / testimonial dinner a year and a half ago, in some of the photos that came out on Facebook, I was referred to as “that mojito chick.” But long before I was introduced to mojito, I was in love with the margarita. Speedy’s sister, Ava, was housekeeping manager at a swank hotel, she managed to inveigle from the hotel bartender his margarita recipe and she’d mix Margarita when the family got together. That was many years ago. Since then, Speedy and I have concocted so many variations of the margarita, each met with varying degrees of satisfaction.
Margarita, of course, is a rather common Spanish name. And it has always intrigued me who the Margarita was that the drink was named for. Was she as refreshing, as colorful and as pretty as the drink? Was her personality just as complex as the layers of flavor in the cocktail? Did her personality kick as much as the drink?
Curiously enough, no one really seems to know where the “Margarita” originated. And we’re talking of two layers of origin here — the origin of the cocktail mix itself and its name. The stories and theories about the drink and its name are interesting and amusing. »