You know her, you love her, and now it’s time to celebrate her. The Margarita turns 80 this year, and one New York City bar is giving us the whipped cream-topped birthday Margarita we never knew we wanted.
While the origin story of the Margarita is widely debated, one of the most popular theories is that way back in 1938, Carlos “Danny” Herrera created the first ever Margarita at his Tijuana restaurant, Rancho La Gloria. Herrera, the story goes, came up with a custom cocktail for a budding actress/showgirl named Marjorie King who was unable to drink any type of hard alcohol aside from tequila. “But she couldn’t take it straight, or even with the lemon and the salt. So I started experimenting,” Herrera told the Los Angeles Times. He came up with a mix of blanco tequila, Cointreau and fresh lemon juice, served in a salt-rimmed glass. The Margarita was born.
To celebrate the salty señora, bartender Kristine Serrano of The Astorian bar created three totally unique Margaritas: the Leading Lady (cactus fruit, reposado tequila, lime juice, sage syrup, cardamom bitters and beet salt), the Glamarita (añjeo tequila, coconut syrup, tartaric acid gomme, cinnamon tincture and edible glitter) and the 80 Candles (reposado tequila, passionfruit juice, lime juice, mint syrup, vanilla syrup and Chambord-infused whipped cream). While all three are tasty, this final birthday-rita is the true, indulgent party in a glass that the Margarita deserves. It’s much tarter than you might expect with those ingredients, and it makes a great argument for replacing all future birthday cakes with whipped cream-topped Margaritas—candle included.
All of the Margaritas are made with el Jimador tequila. Doing its part for the Marg’s birth year, the brand is petitioning to get a Margarita emoji, which they are calling the MargEmoji, added to the 2019 update. If you feel strongly, you can help the petition along by virtually signing here. As of this writing, they still need about 400 signatures. Even if you don’t sign, you should drink a whipped cream-topped Margarita.