The best kind of glass for drinking margaritas is one that is bottomless. That said, using a stemmed glass will prevent the heat of the drinker's hand from warming the drink. When serving a large crowd at a party, plastic glasses can be used for safety.
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The shape of the glass is irrelevant, but margaritas are often served in what looks like a serving piece for shrimp cocktail -- a small cup on a stem surrounded by a shallow bowl of much larger diameter with a low rim. This is supposedly the "classic" margarita glass, but a martini glass is just as classy and a thick old-fashioned glass works well if the margarita is served on the rocks instead of frozen.
As with all glassware, weight, or thickness, means stability. In plastic glasses, a thin throwaway is very easily tipped over and can result in nasty, sticky floors.
Colour is optional, as a basic margarita has no special visual effects to display, other than the salt-frosted rim, and this is not inhibited by the colour of the glass itself. Use bright red and green glasses for Christmas cheer, a rainbow of tropical colours for a pool party or any other combination that appeals.
Inexpensive disposable plastic margarita glasses can be bought in bulk at a party supply store for approximately 50 cents each, as of 2011. There are also heavy acrylic margarita glasses with LED lights in the stem that glow or flash in multiple colour combinations available for under £6. In between these two extremes are numerous options to explore.
Make a basic margarita using the recipe for the more sophisticated sidecar cocktail -- substitute white tequila for brandy, use lime juice instead of lemon and rim the glass with salt rather than sugar.
The margarita has been around since the 1930s, but the most documented claim is that it was invented in 1948 by a woman from Dallas named -- what else -- Margarita.
In 2008, the margarita comprised 18 per cent of all mixed drinks ordered in the U.S., making it that year's most popular cocktail.
February 22 is National Margarita Day.
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