[APB Around Town] Margaritas in Mumbai!

#InternationalMargaritaDay is tomorrow (22nd February) and we thought we would do a roundup of some unusual Margaritas around Mumbai!
A margarita is a cocktail consisting of triple sec, tequila and lime or lemon juice classically served in a margarita glass, with salt or sugar on the rim of the glass. Today bars all over the world, serve margaritas without ice (straight up), with ice (on the rocks) or blended with ice (frozen margarita) in a variety of glass types, ranging from cocktail and wine glasses to pint glasses and even large schooners.

As is the case with most popular things, the origins of the Margarita are debatable. Like most cocktails, the Margarita was named after a woman named Margaret, however there are various Margarets that seem to have inspired it!

One of the earliest stories is that Ziegfeld dancer Marjorie King, was allergic to many spirits, but not tequila and inspired Carlos “Danny” Herrera to create the Margarita for her at his restaurant Rancho La Gloria, in Mexico in 1937. Another commonly accepted origin story is that Margarita Henkel, the daughter of the then German ambassador to Mexico inspired bartender Don Carlos of Hussong’s Cantina in Mexico to name his latest concoction after her as she was the first to try the drink in 1941. The strongest origin story claims that the margarita was first mixed in Juárez, Mexico at Tommy’s Place Bar on July 4, 1942 by Francisco “Pancho” Morales but the Margaret it was named for is a mystery. Another story says Dallas socialite Margarita Sames, concocted the drink for her guests at her Acapulco vacation home in 1948. Tommy Hilton was present and brought the drink back to the Hilton chain of hotels. However Jose Cuervo was already promoting the margarita three years prior, in 1945, with the phrase, “Margarita: It’s more than a girl’s name.” He claimed the cocktail was invented in 1938 by a bartender in honor of Mexican showgirl Rita de la Rosa.

Whoever the Margaret that inspired the Margarita may have been, there is no doubt that this cocktail has grown in popularity ever since. In fact Jimmy Buffet even added to its popularity with his 1970s song Margaritaville. Today, the Margarita is hugely popular, in Mumbai as well with some of Mumbai’s hottest bars and pubs serving up this popular cocktail in a variety of avatars! From chocolate, raw mango and even beer variations of this famed drink.

Here is a roundup of some interesting Margaritas being fashioned in Mumbai. (in no particular order of importance)

• At 1Above in Lower Parel, the Flavourita is the avatar of the margarita. Their version of the signature margarita showcases an array of layered flavours including blue curacao, strawberry & Kiwi. A colourful drink that comprises tequila combined with triple sec and blue curacao, topped with freshly squeezed lime.

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• The Yellow Chilli, Powai serves up a very appealing Cantaloupe Margarita in which cantaloupe juice is shaken with sugar syrup along with the other regular ingredients and served in salt & red chili rimmed Margarita glass.

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• At popular hotspot Dishkiyaoon in BKC, the resident Bar Artists Akshay and Shanker have created two diverse oriental renditions of this cocktail. Taking the citrus theme of the classic Margarita to a new level!

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Their Misty Cucumber Margarita adds the twist of fresh cucumber juice, lemon grass and basil to the cocktail. While the Pineapple Coconut Margarita is made with tequila, fresh pineapple juice, coconut syrup and kaffir lime essence.

Brewbot Beer Margarita

• The Brewbot Eatery & Pub Brewery in Andheri, famous for its extensive repertoire of beers, has created a rather unusual Beer Margarita! According to Director Ketan SS Gohel, “the idea behind making this cocktail was that we are all about beer, so why not a Beer Margarita? But, you know what? It looks great & also tastes really good! Beer offered the perfect solution to balancing the strong taste of the tequila in the Margarita. It’s a great summer drink, ideal for brunches, and our women patrons love it!”

• Farzi café in Lower Parel brings out the child in us with their Chuski Margarita in which tequila, is shaken with a raw mango reduction and lime juice, served in a classic margarita glass with a salt rim and a chuski on the side, reminiscent of childhood days of tangy, juicy ice-popsicles.

Pani Puri Margarita- Available at The Sassy Spoon Nariman Point

• But it is the Sassy Spoon at Bandra & Nariman Point that seem to be Margarita Mecca though. Their mixologist Pranav Mody is much inspired by the Margarita and has created intriguing versions of the Margarita including a herb and mint flavored version inspired by the paani (of much loved street food paani puri) called the Paani puri Margarita that has homemade paani shaken with tequila, triple orange liqueur and fresh citrus mix.

Roasted Coffee Margarita, The Sassy Spoon- Bandra

Or there is his Roasted Coffee Margarita, a concoction of Arabica coffee bean infused tequila shaken with kahlua, maple & citrus.

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The most nuanced however is the Sassy Margarita that combines kokum or Garcinia indica muddled with apple mint, tequila, triple sec and fresh sour mix.

• And as we go to post, we hear that Bandra’s Amanzi Skydeck+ Bar plans to start the Bazooka Margarita in March. A 3-litre frozen Margarita in various flavours served in a yard long glass and poured out of a slush machine. That should be interesting.

In the meanwhile, do share your favourite version of the Margarita…. And where can we find it?

{APB Around Town is a new series of blog posts in which Team APB goes in search of intriguing offerings – ingredients, drinks, dishes, desserts, recipes and more offered on menus around Mumbai.}