Drinks, food

The Art of the Margarita

Welcome to part one of a four part series, where we learn the art of cocktail making with Marshall Siavash. In this video, Siavash will demonstrate how a margarita is made.

A margarita is a classic cocktail, although over time there have been many adaptations to its traditional recipe. What we know about this globally relished drink seems to vary depending on what part of the world you're in, but one of the earliest stories is that it was invented in 1938 by Carlos "Danny" Herrera at his restaurant Rancho La Gloria in Mexico.

Rumour has it that it was invented for a dancer who was allergic to many spirits, but not tequila. The first publication of a margarita recipe was in a 1953 issue of Esquire. Since then, seasoned and amateur mixologists have been trying their hand at creating their own variations on the traditional mix of tequila, triple sec and lemon juice.

Marshall Siavash is the head barman at the House of Machines in Cape Town. In this video, he demonstrates, in true mixologist style, how to make and serve this classic cocktail.


50ml Jose Cuervo Tradicional

25ml lime juice

10ml honey of agave syrup

pinch of salt

For more information on cocktail making and Marshall Siavash, visit House of Machines.

View part two - The art of the mint julep.