Tasting Notes with Jim Beauregard: Margarita, in a can, Italian-style

By JIM BEAUREGARD August 07. 2018 10:46PM


In addition to making traditional Italian dessert drinks like limoncello, Fabrizia’s Spirits of Salem (previously mentioned in this column Aug. 1) also makes margaritas — margaritas that you don’t have to mix yourself.

Where did margaritas come from? Well, to start with, there was in fact a woman named Margarita.

Yes, it’s true. Margarita Sames was a Dallas socialite who went to Acapulco, Mexico, every Christmas and was known for her poolside Christmas parties.

Of course, the pool had a bar. As an activity during the party, Margarita would head for the bar and make a series of concoctions, different every time, and try them out on her party guests. Then her party guests would tell her what they thought.

I’m not sure how good a judge you can find in someone who has spent hours at a poolside Christmas party in Acapulco, but we have to give Margarita credit for ingenuity.

At the 1948 party, she created a drink that was three parts tequila, one part Cointreau and one part lime. It was a big hit, and the new drink, with her name, made the rounds when she got back to Dallas and then from there — where else? — Hollywood.

That at least is one of several stories about the origin of the drink, which doesn’t seem to have been around before the World War II.

You may also have heard of the Tequila Sunrise, which was supposedly created by two California bartenders who just happened to be in the bar through the night “experimenting,” or so they told the bar’s owner when he came in in the morning.

Their story? They wanted to create a drink that matched the color of sunrise.

The Farbizia Italian Margarita comes in two forms — in bottles and in cans. It’s made from Fabrizia’s limoncello, whose lemons are sourced straight from Italy. The bottle says it has to be shaken (not stirred) and poured over ice.

Here goes: it’s pale lemon in the glass, hazy and bright. Yes, there’s tequila and lemon on the nose. It’s 14% alcohol by volume, and well-integrated, of medium intensity, with an off-dry character, medium body, medium texture, and pronounced flavor intensity of lemon and tequila. Refreshing, long finish.

As mentioned, it also comes in a can, though at 7% abv. It’s just a tad lighter in color and under pressure in the can. More of a lemonade flavor than the limoncello of its bottled cousin, but just as surely a summer drink. Enjoy!

Contact wine and beer writer Jim Beauregard at tastingnotesnh@aol.com.


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