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A True Cocktail Classic

Discover the original Margarita with Cointreau

Refreshing, versatile, and easy to make, the Margarita has been a hit for over
70 years.

The cocktail was first created in 1948 by Margaret Sames, an American socialite. The jet set of the era often decamped to Acapulco in Mexico and Sames became known for her lavish parties there. On one occasion she wanted to create a daytime cocktail that could be enjoyed by the pool and inspiration struck when she turned to two of her favourite drinks, Cointreau and tequila.

After a little experimentation, she landed on her signature recipe: Cointreau, tequila blanco, fresh lime juice, and a salt rim. “The Drink” came to be known as the "Margarita”, courtesy of Sames’ husband, and the recipe was soon shared far and wide. That original recipe has remained unchanged and Cointreau and the Margarita are so inseparable that Sames once famously proclaimed, “A Margarita without Cointreau is not worth its salt”.

Today, it is a much loved, iconic cocktail served the world over – and has also inspired many variations too. With the party season almost upon us, what better time to discover the Margarita for yourself?


30 ml Cointreau
50 ml blanco tequila
20 ml fresh lime juice

1. Make a salt rim on your glass.
2. Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice.
3. Shake vigorously.
4. Strain into a Margarita glass.
5. Garnish with a lime wheel.


Born in 2015 at the elegant Victoria 1836 in Paris, a gastronomic institution tucked away behind the Arc de Triomphe, this Margarita twist was originally created for a high-profile guest with a particular affinity for cinnamon. Fresh passion fruit brings a hint of acidity that balances the aromatic force of the cinnamon.And the delicacy of Guérande salt proves the ideal way to top off this heartwarming cocktail.

30 ml Cointreau
50 ml tequila
20 ml fresh passion fruit
5 ml cinnamon syrup

1. Rim the glass with some regular salt.
2. Combine all the ingredients in a shaker with ice.
3. Shake it, strain it and serve it.
Tip: Garnish with an orange twist.

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In partnership with Cointreau