Delicious & Easy

Original Hussong’s Cantina Margarita

Hussong’s Cantina in Ensenada claims to have founded the Margarita. In 1941, Hussong’s bartender Don Carlos Orozco supposedly mixed it for Margarita Henkel, daughter of the German Ambassador to Mexico.

Illustrations by W. Scott Koenig.

Ingredients for

Original Hussong’s Cantina Margarita

1 key lime, quartered
1 ounce good quality white tequila
1 ounce Damiana liqueur (or, if you must, Controy, Cointreau, or other orange liqueur)
1 ounce freshly squeezed key lime juice
Ice cubes
Lime peel for garnish

Instructions for

Original Hussong’s Cantina Margarita

Pour salt onto a small plate. Moisten the rim of a large margarita glass with a quarter of lime and dip the edge into the salt. Pour the tequila, liqueur, and lime juice into a shaker, fill with ice cubes and cover to shake until the liquid is ice cold, about 1⁄2 minute.

Pour in glass and garnish the rim with lime peel.

Must be 21+ to consume alcohol. Please drink responsibly.

Frequently asked

Questions About This Recipe

What is the true origin of the Margarita?

That's what we were wondering with the story this recipe originates from. Make sure to read Would the Real Margarita Please Stand Up? by Michael Aaron Gardiner with a timeline about the disputed history of the margarita and more illustrations by W. Scott Koenig.


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