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The story of the original margarita, as told by Hussong’s Cantina

To salt or not to salt?
Sabrina Chapman

Everyone knows the margarita. Nicki Minaj wants hers with “salt all around that rim, rim, rim.” Jimmy Buffett named a “ville” after it. But what you might not know is where the story of the classic cocktail really began.

In October 1941, a girl named Margarita Henkel walked into a bar called Hussong’s Cantina in Baja California, Mexico. The bartender, Don Carlos Orozco, offered her a concoction, and because she was the first person ever to try the cocktail, he named it after her. Seventy-plus years later, the margarita continues to be one of America’s most beloved libations.

Hussong’s Baja has a sister restaurant at Mandalay Place that carries on the Don Carlos legacy with the Original Margarita ($14). Serving about 150 a day, it’s one of their most popular drinks. It’s invigoratingly fresh and simple. Margarita Henkel must have been some kinda lady.

Original Margarita


2 oz. Clase Azul reposado tequila

1 oz. triple sec

1 oz. agave nectar

1½ oz. lime juice (from half a lime)

Kosher salt (for rim)

Method: Rim pint glass with lime juice and kosher salt. Squeeze half a lime into mixing glass. Put lime into shaker with ice. Add tequila, triple sec and agave nectar to mixing glass. Shake and pour.


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